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Meis or to give it it’s full Greek name, Kastellorizo, is a small island about 30 minutes by boat from Kas. If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, then a quick boat trip is all you need to sample the exquisite peace and serenity of life out in the middle of the Mediterranean sea. It’s easy to spend a day here in full relaxation mode as you let you worries and cares float away. You can visit one of the area’s most amazing natural wonders in the blue cave, take a leisurely stroll up the mountain pass to explore the island’s castle or simply relax in the village and enjoy some of the freshest local dishes in Greece.
Meis actually translates as “biggest” which is quite strange as this is a tiny island. In fact there is only one bus and one taxi on the whole island. You book your Meis Island Ferry Ticket Online. You’ll then take a ferry over to the island that leaves every day at 10am and returns at 4pm. During the short journey of about half an hour, you’ll be able to get a fantastic view of the surrounding shoreline as well as get some good sun tan opportunities.
Once you arrive at Mais you’ll instantly be spell bound by the colourful boats that line the harbour and the pastel shaded houses and buildings that the island is famous for. It’s a photographer’s dream as you scan the vista that makes you think you are living in a postcard scene. The town itself is a typical island town, very laid back and relaxed. You can walk through the narrow streets enjoying this slow pace of island life or take a seat at a local taverna and sample some fresh seafood.
A popular activity for visitors is to take a boat to the local blue cave. This natural formation is a cave whereby the boat has to enter very slowly and you’ll need to lie flat to get through the opening. However once inside the cave opens up and is coloured by the pristine blue waters. It really is a sight to behold.
Before your boat trip back make sure to take the short walk up to the local castle to admire the views of the surrounding waters.
The return ferry back to kas will take approximately half an hour and leaves at 4pm.
It is advisable to get to Kas harbour for 9.30am and make your way to the Meis Express Head office where you will be able to get your boarding cards.
You will board a colourful, local ferry and enjoy a relaxing trip across the cool, blue Mediterranean waters which will last about half an hour. During the trip you’ll have plenty of photo opportunities of the local shoreline from Kas as well as time to take in the sun so please remember to bring sun cream.
The Blue Cave:
One of the most popular things to do in Meis is to visit the blue cave. On arrival at Meis there are plenty of smaller fishing boats that double up as tourist boats to take guests to the blue cave for about 10 euros. In order to get inside you’ll need to lie flat on the deck of the boat as it slowly enters but once inside the cave opens up and is coloured a vivid blue colour due to the clear waters.
Visitors to the island enjoy taking the 20-minute stroll up the hill to explore the castle. The views from this vantage point are amazing and make it a well worthy trip up. Another reason not to forget your camera today.
The small town of Meis has a population of just a few hundred people and the laid back pace of island living is a good reason why a lot of people come to visit. Grab lunch at a local Taverna or enjoy a few beers under the shade as you let life drift by.
Staying in Meis:
Whilst most people only do a day trip to this stunning island, some people enjoy the feeling when the day’s tourists leave on the 4pm ferry. You can book at one of the towns guesthouses and take the ferry back the next day.
Return to Kas:
At 4pm every day the ferry departs on the half hour journey back to the mainland and to Kas harbour. Enjoy the leisurely journey and soak in the remainder of the days sun as your ferry glides safely back to Kas.