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The island of Psara was first mentioned in the third rhapsody of the Odyssey. As the birthplace of the famous men who fought in the Greek War of Independence in 1821, Psara became a symbol of Greek history. On Psara, one can sample the tastiest seafood, as well as the most affordable lobster pasta in Greece. You can try the local cheese by sampling the mizithra cheese and kopanisti dip; and you will find yourself agreeing with the connoisseurs who argue that the thyme honey of Psara, which is only harvested once a year, is the best honey produced in the Mediterranean.


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Travel guides describe it as “a dot in the sea, far from known tourist paths”. But this is only half the truth. Because this dot was the birthplace of Constantinos Kanaris, Dimitris Papanikolis and the national benefactor Ioannis Varvakis. Here,too, informed travellers from all over the world discover – or even better create - their own personal paradise, with the materials offered by nature on the Aegean Islands.
The people of Psara are, above all, proud of their glorious past. The revolutionary flag of 1821 – white and red with a cross and an anchor with a snake wrapped around it – greets visitors at the port, reminding them that our history is interwoven with the history of the untamed soul.
Inhabited since the Mycenean era, as testified by archaeological finds from the cemetery excavated in the Archontiki Gulf, Psara rewards the traveler with generous doses of calm and relaxation. The superb beaches are never crowded, with the exception of the multi-frequented beaches of Katrsouni and Kato Gialos in the village, the Lazaretta beach with its fine sand and lovely shells, Lakka and the beach at Lymnos. The neighbouring island of Antipsara also has lovely sandy beaches.
Devotees of underwater fishing will discover a true undersea treasury near the many islets surrounding the island. Travellers will appreciate the spare beauty of the church of Agios Nikolaos with its 60 steps, built in 1793, and that of the monastery of the Koimiseis Theotokou (Assumption of the Virgin), with its rare manuscripts and ecclesiastical texts printed in Moscow and Venice.
In the historic destruction of Psara, the only thing that was saved from devastation was the icon of the Virgin Mary by El Greco, which was taken to Syros where it remains to this day. Also special is Palaiokastro, which was built by colonists in the 15th century, owing to their fear of pirates, and of course the hill of Mavri Rachi (Black Back) with its monument of the slaughter. The Monument of the Slaughter on Psara is honoured every year on the last Sunday of June and becomes the occasion for celebrations and cultural events.

Source: www.dimospsaron.gr