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Alimia islet

Alimia is the biggest out of the smallest uninhabited islets in the sea area of Halki 4 n.m. NE of Halki.

The islet extends over 7.4 sq. km and its highest altitude does not exceed 269m. With two naturally protected bays, Agios Georgios and Emborios, it offers a safe shelter to small boats. You can get there only by inflatable or caique from Halki, or even by your own boat.

Further inside the bay of Agios Georgios, among bramble shrubs and brushwood, you will see the ruins of the homonymous settlement which was abandoned after World War II. NW of the ruined village and at a walking distance from the coast there is a lake with salty water. Improvising a walk in the interior of Alimia and walking towards its highest point, you will see ruins of the medieval castle. It was built in 1475 by the Knights of St. John in Rhodes, at the place of an older Hellenistic fort. On the bay of Emborios you can see tombs of Roman times, naval bases of the Hellenistic period and foundations of an early-Christian basilica.

The abandoned barracks were built during the Italian occupation.

 

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Alimia is included in the European network of protected areas NATURA 2000.

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