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Chalki is one of the Chalki-Halki island: Chalki information - Chalki holidays - Dodecanese, Greeceislands of the Dodecanese. Chalki is just perfect for those who want to spend a vacation away from the stress of modern living. The setting is delightful; pretty houses scattered around a picturesque harbourside, fishing boats at anchor, and a backdrop of rugged mountains. With its great climate and its kind people, a trip to Chalki can be considered as a vacation haven for the "body and soul" both. Chalki's only settlement, Nimborios, lies around a beautiful, natural harbor of crystal clear water. Its tall 2 and 3-story renovated mansions make it unrivalled in beauty amongst other island towns. The town of Halki has a noble air about it that reflects its past glory and prosperity. it is well worth your while to walk through its narrow and picturesque streets. While visiting the island, take long walks and discover some of the more than 360 country chapels, the remnants of a medieval castle and Chorio, the island's ancient capital, which lies at the foot of the castle. Life on the island of Halki is simple and unhurried and you can spend happy hours just lazing under the sun and swimming just wherever you fancy. Finally, if you wish a few hours' escape from the absolute quietness of the island, the bustling island of Rhodes is nearby. Bear in mind that there are no cars or buses on the island and your only means of transport will be on foot!
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