Kasos, the most southern of the Dodecanese
is only 27 nautical miles northeast of Crete
Its first inhabitants are thought to have been the Phoenicians. Homer mentions
it in his catalogue of the Greek cities that took part in the Trojan War.
Kasos is a mountainous island with a steep, rocky coastline and few
beaches. In the 18th century, kasos established its own merchant fleet and grew
rich from trade. It played an active role in the Greek War of Independence of
1821, earning the revenge of the TurkoEgyptian armada, which set fire to the island
in May 1824 and subsequently slaughtered its inhabitants. Only a few survived.
The capital of the island is Fri
built on picturesque Bouka Bay. Its old stone houses- many of them constructed
by sea captains - extend on both sides down to the sea.
To the east and very near Fri
, the island's
other coastal village. It boasts a beautiful church dedicated to the Nativity
of the Virgin. Other villages include Agia
, set on a hill lust one kilometre southwest of Fri
of Agia Marina, nestled in the island's only valley. Two kilometres from Agia
there is a cave called Sellai, 30 metres deep and 8 metres wide, with
Swimmers will find pleasant beaches at Fri
, Ammouda and on
the nearby islet of Armathia