Lipsi is laid-back little island, a typical Greek resort of the very quite kind (it's no Mykonos, Santorini, or even Patmos).
The port village is pleasant enough, although not spectacular, and is dominated by the blue domed church of Agios Ioannis. It is worth climbing the few steps up to enjoy the views.
Hotels are very few and small. The most common accomodations are rooms for rent. We stayed at the "Miramare" studios managed by the the nice and extremely helpful Ms Taxiarchia.
I do not remember names of places where we ate. There are restaurants both in the upper part of the village near the church and at the port, but we tried only the latter. There is one restaurant down towards the end of the port, with tables on the water. Very nice location but we were not particularly happy with the food. Instead I would recommend the simple taverna at the port which one recognises for the bright white neon lamps. Food was very good.
There are plenty of beaches of course. The most popular one is Platis Gialos, a beautiful sandy laguna with no sunbeds or umbrellas.
In August it's still pleasant in the morning but much less in the afternoon. In fact the beach is one of the two served by buses (the other one being Katsadia), so every hour new groups of people arrive eating up the limited room available. At lunch time beach and taverna are full and noisy and I have seen more than one alteraction for tables. Not what I am looking for in this kind of situation.
The sea at Katsadia is less spectacular but still fine and the beach on the oher hand is much less crowded. A taverna offers good food in a nice setting.
Other beaches not served by bus are :-
Kohklakoura - wide beach of white pebbles. no sunbeds, no taverna and what's worse no trees. It's nice but can become really very hot.
The beaches of Tourkomnima and Kserocambos are very close one to the other and have very few people, no sunbdes or taverna. Very pleasant in late afternoon.
A longer (25minutes) but easy and pleasant walk takes you to Monodendri beach. This beach is wonderful. The name means single tree and in fact that's what one finds there. A lonesome brave pine (I guess) which somehow manages to survive in an extremely challenging environment. Only stone and pebbles with the roots coming out of the ground.
The only problem is that cows somehow seem to like Monodendri too. Actually we did not see them there but they do leave behind unmistakable - and incredibly numerous - signs of their passage. So be careful where you put your towel, or your feet.
Papadria and Limni, near Katsadia are ok. Very nice colors. Very little shade. A lot of seeweeds in Limni.
Liendou and Kambos are beaches that can be reached walking from trhe port . Still Ok.
Transports: compared to other islands, taxi service seems to work fine. There are ony two cabs in the whole island but they are obviously sufficient to cover the demand. You can call the taxi service from wherever in the island and a cab comes to pick you up at the closest place that a car can reach.
As usual mopeds are few and difficult to find.
Lipsi is charming, peaceful and laid back. The only thing I did not like of this island is that 95% of the tourists are Italian. When I go on holiday I prefer to find a different environment from the one I have at home.
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