Kassos (Introduction): Kassos is the most southern and unspoiled island of the Dodecanese, located between Crete and Karpathos. To its north is lapped by the Aegean Sea and to the south by the Libyan Sea. There are about 1,000 permanent residents, all with strong naval traditions.
Kassos is a mountainous island with many old churches, caves and natural scenery. The land is rocky with few areas suitable for agriculture. It is an island boasting a fine nautical tradition with five settlements: Fri, Agia Marina, Arvanitochori, Poli and Panagia. Agia Marina is situated 1km. southeast of Fri and Arvanitochori is at the southeast of Agia Marina. Those two are the main areas of the island.
At a distance of 2km. from Agia Marina, there is a cave called Sellai, (30m. deep, 8m. wide), with impressive stalactites.
The Kassos coastline has a great variety of beaches for all tastes and demands, organized or isolated. Some of them are sandy, while others are pebbled, for instance Fri, Emborios and Ammouda. Especially beach lovers will have to make the short boat journey to the neighboring islet of Armathia with a wonderful sandy beach.
Kassian festivals are organized by the local communities of Greek-Kassian Orthodox churches. So if you visit the island do not miss attending the local marriages and feasts which reflect Kassos’ heritage and folklore. The visitor should also try the local specialities and the two kinds of cheese, called Elaiki and Sitala.