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Alimia islet, Rhodes Island

The islet of Alimia is situated at the West of the island of Rhodes, some 4 nautical miles opposite to Skala Kameirou and today it has no permanent residents. It is the bigger from a complex of skerries located between Rhodes and Chalki. The island is mountainous and has two natural ports, Emporio and Aghios Georgios. At the latter it is found the unique settlement of the islet, which is abandoned since the World War II. The settlement has nice stone houses with traditional ovens and beautiful beehive-like farmhouses. Close enough to the settlement there are found the Italian barracks, today totally abandoned.

Today, the residents of the opposite coast use the island as pasture for their stock, sheep and goats.

Small excursion boats, departing from Skala Kameirou, get the visitors to the island, for a daily excursion and swimming in the excellent crystal clear sea.

Archaeological surveys on the islet have showed human activity on it is dated as early as the Neolithic period. The ancient settlers of the island were occupied in agriculture and stock-rearing and fed on fish and sea food, abundant here.

Pliny refers to the island as “Eulimnia”, an allusion to its natural ports (“eulimnia” in Greek means “with a good port”). The ports of the islet were used for the mooring of the Rhodian fleet, whereas the hill at the center served as watch-tower. This hill, known as the hill of the Castle, preserves the remains of a fortress of the Hellenistic period, as well as the ruins of a medieval castle. There is also evidence of dockyards carved in the rock, which date to the Hellenistic period. Finally, there have been found: a tomb of the Roman period, an Early Christian basilica and ruins of several other buildings of various periods.

The islet was used as naval base during the Byzantine times, a use that continued later on, during the domination of Rhodes by the Knights of St. John, by the Ottomans and more recently by the Italians.

Access to the islet is possible by excursion boats departing from Skala Kameirou.
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