A walk around Nimporio will leave your heart brimming with peaceful thoughts and ineffable joy
EXPERIENCE

A boat trip to timeless Halki

Step back in time on a day trip from Rhodes to the smallest of the Dodecanese islands, with aristocratic mansion houses, quaint alleyways and age-old simple island life
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Duration
Full day
Season
June - October

OVERVIEW

It’s hard to know what time of day it is when you arrive at Nimporio, the picturesque (and only) settlement of Halki. This, after all, is the place where the clocktower has read precisely twenty past four for more than 20 years – and fittingly so, for time seems to stand still on this tiny island off the western shores of Rhodes.

To take a day trip here is to leave behind the bustle of cosmopolitan Rhodes. You’ll uncover an island that balances the grandeur of colourful 18th and 19th-century mansion houses, extending amphitheatrically up the hill overlooking the port, with an age-old island way of life that melts your heart with its simplicity.

There are just a few hundred residents here and virtually no cars … just the tranquil rhythms of the slow life on a tiny Dodecanese island. This, after all, is a place where even the chimes of the town’s official clock were silenced because they were regarded as too loud.

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DON'T MISS

The atmospheric port

Just ambling around the port will tell you everything you need to know about Halki. The mansion houses once belonging to captains allude to the small island’s grand seafaring past. And spread out on the tables of picturesque tavernas are dishes of fresh fish, locally made pasta (known as makarounia) and ofto (delicious meat slow-cooked opposite rather than over the flames). Once you’ve eaten, visit the 19th century church of St Nicholas, with its bell tower supported by an arch partially built using ancient columns.

Exploring the alleyways

You could spend hours exploring Nimporio’s beautiful little alleyways, lined with colourful bougainvillea-decorated houses. If you’re lucky, you’ll be accompanied by the smell of baking in one of the bread ovens found in many of the homes here. Along the way, you’ll encounter the famous clocktower located in front of the Town Hall.

 

The windmills

High on the hillside above Nimporio are three iconic windmills that appear to stand like guardians over the harbour. The walk to reach them is well worth it when you see the panoramic views of the sea.

Nearby beaches 

Just a short walk away are beaches that have soaked up all the serenity and purity of the island. For white sand, head to popular Pontamos (10mins west of Nimporio) and, for something quieter, Ftenagia (15mins south). Another alternative is Kania, a picturesque pebbly beach 30mins north of the port.

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  • From Rhodes main port
    Large ferry boats leave twice a week but don’t return on the same day. Smaller fast boats leave 2-3 times a week (departing at 8:00-9:00 and returning around 17:00-18:00).

From the airport to main port on Rhodes
By car/taxi: 15km (30mins) 
By bus: Frequent services (13-30mins).

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  • From Kameiros Skala port
    Traditional tourist boats (kaiki) and fast boats leave daily (apart from Sundays).
    Trips are frequent during summer months, departing from 9:00-11:00 and returning between 16:00-18:00 (depending on the day).

To Kameiros Skala on Rhodes
By car/taxi from the airport: 31km (35mins) 
By car/taxi from the main port: 45km (55mins) 

All boat trips are dependent on weather conditions.

Day trips from Rhodes are possible from June to October, after which you can only reach Halki on the larger, less frequent, ferries.
  • Autumn
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Tickets range from €8 for single ferry crossings to around €10 for a kaiki and €18 for a fast boat (return).
  • Your overall experience will last 6-8 hours, depending on how you get there.
  • The length of the crossing will depend on your choice of boat and provider.
  • From Rhodes Main Port: Ferry boat 2hrs, fast boat 1hr15mins.
  • From Kamieros Skala: Kaiki 1hr15mins, fast boat 40-45mins.
  • There are plenty of shops and places to eat on Halki but take note that there is only one bank ATM so bring cash with you just in case. 
  • The beaches mentioned (Pontamos, Kania and Ftenaya) have sunbeds, canteens and tavernas.
  • You’ll be doing plenty of walking, so make sure you have everything you need for a full day in the sun:

Plan your trip

 

TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY

Please help preserve the magic of Greece’s islands and natural environment for future generations.

Use the bins provided or, if need be, take your rubbish with you. Use a refillable water bottle to try to minimise your use of plastic.
Leave only your footprints on the beach and don’t remove any shells, rocks, fossils or sand.
Respect the marine life and the plants and animals on shore.
Be inquisitive and definitely ask the locals for tips.
Do your best to support small, independent family-owned stores and local producers, taking home something handmade and local.
Explore your surroundings but please keep to designated paths for your own safety and to avoid disrupting the flora and fauna.
Use a refillable water bottle to try to minimise your use of plastic.
Making fires on beaches is strictly forbidden.
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