Vacations in Kasos (Dodecanese - Greece)
Kasos: The virgin island, untouched by tourism
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Vacations in Kasos island - Kasos, The virgin island, untouched by tourism
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Information On Kasos
Kasos is a small island that belongs to the Dodecanese complex and is located a bit southwest of Karpathos. Kasos is the 6th largest island of the complex.
Kasos is a mountainous, rocky and infertile island with elongated shape. The island's capital and harbor is Fry. But what is worth more to visit here is the small picturesque Mpouka harbor, which was once used a pirate refuge, just next to the main port.
Kasos is famous for its festivals, having organized dozens each year with traditional music and dances, local food and wine for all attendees. The biggest festival is held on August 15th in Panagia village.
Kasos is a quiet destination for a relaxing holiday away from the noise and traffic of the city. On the island there is a gas station and an ATM machine of Emporiki Bank.
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Beaches Of Kasos
Kasos has many beaches but most of them, mainly the south ones, are not accessible by road. It is really worth taking the boat to the small nearby Armathia island, where there are a couple of incredible beaches.
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Travel To Kasos
Kasos is not easy to reach, as it takes the ferry from Piraeus, making several stops on the way, between 15 and 22 hours to reach it. Fortunately Kasos has a small airport, but there is no direct flight from Athens, only connected flights through Rhodes, Karpathos and Crete.
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Transportation On Kasos (Car Rentals)
Kasos has a sufficient road network that covers much of the island. There is public transportation but the buses are not very frequent, so it is advised to have your own vehicle. In case you do not have one, you can rent a car or a motorcycle in Fry. There are also 2-3 taxis available.
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Accommodation On Kasos (Hotels, Apartments, Guesthouses, Rooms to let)
Kasos has little accommodation and most of that are centered around Fry, where it is most convenient to stay. There are also some rooms to let in Emporios and very few in the 2-3 island's mountainous villages.
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Food & Drink On Kasos
Kasos has a great traditional cuisine which will surely impress you. There are many dishes based on rice, like the kasian pilaf, the delicious soupiopilafo with black squid ink, and the patelioryzo with barnacles. From fish you should try Skaros for which the island has been famous since the ancient times. Also try the famous - small - kasian stuffed wine-leaves, the Makarounes (traditional pasta) and greens salad with the local roikio which is very similar to chicory. From desserts try the Moschopougkia, sweet almonds-stuffed pouches.
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What To Buy On Kasos
Kasos produces excellent local cheese, like the elaiki (soft white cheese), sitaka (creamy white cheese), the kasian armyrotyri and more. Be sure to get some of the island's superb thyme honey and some moschopougkia.
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Attractions On Kasos
Kasos does have an Archaeological Collection, but make sure it is open, because up until today (2013) it is closed to the public.
Kasos Folklore Museum is housed in the Mavrikaki residence in Arvanitohori, a stone neoclassical mansion of 1905.
The two main caves of Kasos are Ellinokamara and Stilokamara.
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Alternative Islands To Kasos
Kasos is not what you are looking for? Then one of the following nearby islands might interest you:
Karpathos (6 klm from Kasos)
Rhodes (79 klm from Kasos)
Halki (94 klm from Kasos)
Tilos (106 klm from Kasos)
Nisyros (122 klm from Kasos)
Astypalaia (125 klm from Kasos)
Kos (133 klm from Kasos)
Symi (138 klm from Kasos)
Kalymnos (161 klm from Kasos)
Leros (180 klm from Kasos)
Lipsi (200 klm from Kasos)
Patmos (201 klm from Kasos)
Kastelorizo (239 klm from Kasos)
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Islands Connected To Kasos
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