The Traditional Architecture Island
Chalki is one of the smaller southern Dodecanese Greek Islands. The mountainous and rocky island can sometimes be affected by strong winds and seas, and the island’s few inhabitants are mainly farmers or fisherman. However, this small, sleepy island comes alive each summer.
Visitors are drawn to Halki for the relaxed, unrushed way of life, and warm and friendly hospitality. This sense of tranquillity is the main lure of Chalki’s charm – captivating both first time visitors and those who cannot resist returning year after year. Located around four miles from Rhodes, Halki is the perfect respite from the pulsating atmosphere found on the lager islands.
Chalki has two main beaches, both within a 15 minute walk of the harbour – the centre of the action on the island. Pondamos Beach is an inviting sandy crescent tucked behind a hill, and is perfect for quite, lazy days basking in the sun, whilst Ftenagia, a pebble beach with numerous rocky swimming platforms, is livelier, attracting those in search of a water sports adventure.
However, if you can tear yourself away from the beaches, journey into Chalki’s heart and explore the craggy mountains. Eagles soar quietly above tiny yet intricate churches and monasteries, in a landscape that perfectly captures the serenity of the island.
BEACHES OF CHALKI
The beach at Kania is located north of the main town of the island, Emporios, at the end of a paved road about 2.5km long. Kania is a small pebbled beach with crystal clear waters.
The first beach you can find walking from the harbour is Potamos. This beach has warm and shallow waters. It's good for both kids and adults.
Ftenagia is an organized beach. Here you can enjoy the clean deep blue waters and the breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea with the island of Rhodes in the background.