Lipsi is remarkably green for a Dodecanese island. Walking to its further-flung beaches leads you through countryside dotted with olive groves, cypress trees and endless views. In summer, a minibus also services the main beaches.
Just 1km north of Lipsi Village, around the headland beyond Liendou Beach, Kambos Beach is narrower but sandier than its neighbour and somewhat shaded by tamarisk trees. The water is also deeper and rockier underfoot.
Fork inland at Kambos and a delightful 2.5km hike over the low-lying spine of the island will lead you to the shallow and child-friendly Platys Gialos Beach. Ringing with goat bells and shelving gently into crystal-clear water, it’s home to an excellent summer-only, daytime taverna.
Just 2km south of Lipsi Village, sandy Katsadia Beach is wilder, especially if it’s windy. There’s a certain amount of shade and another good summer-only taverna, which stays open late as a bar.
The beaches at Lipsi’s eastern end are harder to reach, with the roads being too rough for taxis or buses. In summer, there is a boat that can drop you off here, too.