Dodecanese, Greece

Arkioi is a stunning island in the Dodecanese. A destination with relaxing atmosphere, beautiful beaches and natural landscapes. On this page you can read information about holidays in Arkoi, beaches, activities, accommodation and ferry schedules. Check ferry ticket prices for Arkoi and book your trip on Ferryhopper.

Vacation in Arkoi

If you are looking for peace and relaxation on your vacation, then Arkoi is an ideal summer destination for you.

In Arkoi (pronounced Arkii) you will enjoy the sun and the sea away from the crowds and the traffic of larger islands.

The island has 40 permanent residents and you will find most shops and accommodation around the port.

Arkoi is also great if you like sailing or you have a boat. The coast of the island and nearby islets are perfect for day trips! 

The coast of Arkoi

The beautiful coast of Arkoi

How to get to Arkoi

You can get to Arkoi by ferry from Piraeus via Patmos, Kalymnos or Leipsoi

The trip from Athens to Arkoi can be up to 20 hours, including waiting time in the intermediate stop. 

What to do in Arkoi

In Arkoi you can swim in crystal-clear waters, and enjoy sunbathing in the beautiful, quiet, beaches of the island.

If you like minimalism in your vacation, then Arkoi is perfect for you. There are a few short hiking routes, as well as great spots for diving and snorkeling. 

Beaches in Arkoi

Arkoi has beautiful unspoiled beaches with amazing waters and usually a combination of sand and pebbles.

The beaches of the island are ideal for complete relaxation, swimming and diving. We recommend that you bring with you to the beach water and snacks as well as an umbrella for shade.  

We suggest the following beaches of Arkoi:

  • Tiganakia
  • Patelia
  • Abelaki
  • Kapsalismeno
  • Limnari

Beach in Arkoi

Having the beach to yourself can be an option in Arkoi

Sightseeing and activities in Arkoi

Apart from spending time by the sea, in Arkoi, you can do outdoor activities and enjoy the nature and sights of historical interest. 

Some of our favorite activities in Arkoi are: 

  • Day trips to the neighboring islands of Makronisi, Marathi, Strogyli and Agreloussa. Sea taxis and small boats depart from the port of Arkoi that do a scheduled tour that includes stops for swimming as well as lunch. 
  • If you love hiking, you can take the trail to the mountain that is next to Chora. From the top you will enjoy the view of the Aegean from the most picturesque church of Arkoi, Panagia Pantanassa.
  • Next to the church you can also find the ruins of the Castle of Arkoi, which dates from the 4th century BC. In antiquity this area used to be a settlement of the Achaeans.

Nightlife in Arkoi

In Arkoi you should expect peaceful nights under the starry sky. You can have a drink at Trypas bar-restaurant at the port. 

On the 23rd of August takes place a big panigiri, a feast where you will have the opportunity to eat great local food, drink wine and dance traditional Greek dances. 

Food in Arkoi

At Arkoi you can try delicious traditional dishes, such as cheeses (feta and xinomyzithra) and traditional cheese pie, seafood, goat stew and the pastry desert pougki.

Villages in Arkoi

The main village of the island is located next to the port. This is where you will find the basic amenities for your stay. 

Useful information for Arkoi

In Arkoi you will find basic facilities and amenities for your holidays, such as mini markets and tavernas. The island does not have an ATM and a pharmacy, so we suggest you have money and the essential medicines with you.

On the island there are rooms to let, but due to their limited number, we would recommend that you book well in advance. 

Important phone numbers for your stay in Arkoi

Some useful contact numbers for the island of Arkoi: 

  • Community of Arkoi: +30 2247041206
  • Patmos Port Authority: +30 2247031231
  • Leipsi Port Authority: +30 2247041333
  • Patmos Municipality: +30 2247031235
  • Patmos Medical Center: +30 2247360000

Yachts and fishing boats at the port of Arkoi island, Dodecanese, Greece

Yachts and fishing boats at the picturesque harbor of Arkoi

Transportation in Arkoi

Arkioi is a small island and most of distances are covered on foot.

There are also small boats, which take you from the port of Arkoi to the island beaches as well as nearby islands. 

Ports in Arkoi

The island port is also named Arkoi and is located in a bay on the east coast. 

Island hopping from Arkoi

From the port of Arkoi you can easily travel to other islands in the Dodecanese. 

More specifically, you can take a direct ferry from Arkoi to: 

  • Patmos
  • Leipsoi
  • Samos
  • Kos
  • Leros
  • Farmakonisi
  • Kalymnos
  • Rhodes
  • Agathonisi

On our Map of ferries you can find all the available ferry connections from Arkoi and plan you island hopping in the east Aegean. 

Arkoi ferry: schedules and tickets

Normally, there is no direct ferry connection from Athens to Arkoi.

The easiest way to reach the island is to catch a ferry from Piraeus to Patmos or Leipsoi and from there take the ferry to Arkoi.

There is at least 1 daily ferry crossing to Arkoi from the neighboring islands of the Dodecanese. You can get to Arkoi from Patmos in about 1 hour. The trip from Leipsoi to Arkoi can be between 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the type of ferry.  

Where to book ferry tickets online to Arkoi

On Ferryhopper you can book cheap ferry tickets to Arkoi with just 4 clicks! Find all direct and indirect ferries to Arkoi and the Dodecanese island complex, compare schedules, companies, prices and book your ferry trip at no extra cost. 

Arkoi ferry timetable

View the complete ferry schedule from and to Arkoi for the upcoming week. Find up-to-date trip information, including departure and arrival dates and times, ferry operators and ticket prices.

Frequent ferry connections

Nearby destinations

Arkoi has direct ferry connections to 10 ports :