Chalki (Introduction): Chalki is a mountainous island to the west of Rhodes, one of the smallest of the Dodecanese, barely 28 square meters. Its residences, about 400 in number, are all gathered to Nimborio, (or Emborio), a village and natural harbor of crystal clear water. In recent years, an important hotel and tourist infrastructure has been created and the visitor can choose from the fifteen tavernas and cafes on the island.
Chalki owns its name to the mines of brass, «chalkos», that used to be at the island. It is worldwide known as «The Center of Peace and Friendship». Every summer, cultural and musical events are organized by young people.
Chalki is connected by ferry with Piraeus and Rhodes being the perfect place for the visitor who wishes to have a quite and peaceful holiday. Car and motorbike traffic is not permitted on the island.
Chorio, uninhabited today, was the old capital of Chalki and 4,000 people used to live there.
The island’s houses are amphitheatrically scattered on the hill of the fortress, built by the knights of Saint John on the ruins of the acropolis. On top of the mountain, the visitor can see three beautiful windmills. Exhibitions of folklore art are organized every year from July until September.
Chalki is known for having the tallest freestanding clock tower in all Dodecanese islands, as well as some of the most beautiful small beaches. A number of them are approachable by foot and others by boats.
Pontamos beach is the only sandy one with a traditional tavern close by, ten minutes away from Emborio. The beach of Kania is situated on the north side of the island, while the Giali beach on the south side is covered in white pebbles.
The cave in the area of Kelia, (20 minutes by boat), is an old dwelling with paintings on the rock.