Alimia is the biggest out of the smallest uninhabited islets in the sea area of Halki 4 n.m. NE of Halki.
The islet extends over 7.4 sq. km and its highest altitude does not exceed 269m. With two naturally protected bays, Agios Georgios and Emborios, it offers a safe shelter to small boats. You can get there only by inflatable or caique from Halki, or even by your own boat.
Further inside the bay of Agios Georgios, among bramble shrubs and brushwood, you will see the ruins of the homonymous settlement which was abandoned after World War II. NW of the ruined village and at a walking distance from the coast there is a lake with salty water. Improvising a walk in the interior of Alimia and walking towards its highest point, you will see ruins of the medieval castle. It was built in 1475 by the Knights of St. John in Rhodes, at the place of an older Hellenistic fort. On the bay of Emborios you can see tombs of Roman times, naval bases of the Hellenistic period and foundations of an early-Christian basilica.
The abandoned barracks were built during the Italian occupation.
Info: Alimia is included in the European network of protected areas NATURA 2000.
They could be the animal pens of the Mycenaean era –they look that old. Built without joints, by strong hands, versed in lifting stone blocks, they are called “kyfes”. They are conical structures of local stone and you will find them in rural areas of Halki. Outside Chorio, on the slope of Palarniotis, on the plain of Ai Giannis, in Kila etc. They used to operate as resting huts for the farmers, as warehouses, and even as bulwarks, in case the pirates were close. It is unknown when they first emerged on the island.
The Knights’ Castle
It dominates on the NE part of the island, on the peak of Ai Nikola’s hill, built upon the foundations of an older, probably Hellenistic, wall. It was founded by the Knights of Saint John’s order, in the middle 14th century and it lasted until it was surrendered to the Ottomans in 1522, after the fall of Rhodes. It is accessible through a path which goes uphill from the church of Panagia to Chorio. The ascent is a bit steep, but it does not last more than 20 minutes. At the entrance of the castle you will see the built-in coat of arms of the Master of John’s Knights, Pierre d’ Aubusson. The church of Agios Nikolaos is still preserved inside the walls with mural fragments of the 15th and the 17th century. In the years of its operation the castle had visual contact with the tower/‘fryctoria’ (communication tower) on the westernmost edge of the island, on cape Kefali and when needed it sent signals to the ‘viglatores’ (observers) of Rhodes across the island.