This little island just off the coast of Halkidiki used to belong to the monastic peninsula of Mt. Athos (Halkidiki is a prefecture made up of 3 peninsulas, or “fingers”. The third finger belongs to the monasteries dating back to Byzantine times). After the Asia Minor Catastrophe in the early 1920’s the island was given to a handful of refugees mainly from the Propontis Islands (Galleme, Passalimani, Skoupia). Back in their island homeland on the Sea of Marmara the refugees were mainly fishing people and this is what they brought to their new island home here.
The island is a mere 5 kilometers from the mainland and the journey into our world is a short 15-minute meditation on the ferryboat – there are two and they go back and forth every 30 minutes from Trypiti all day long. Think about it… that’s such an advantage. You get to have both a Greek island experience as well as easy access to mainland Greece.