Excursions: Beside the island’s excursions (beaches, castle, monasteries etc) the main destination offered for excursions is Rhodes (old town, Butterfly valley, Ancient Kamiros, Castle of Monolithos, Lindos etc) and the neighboring islands Alimnia, Karpathos, Kos, Nisiros and Tilos
Fishing: For a small fee fishermen accept visitors to accompany them for fishing on their “caique”. Caught fishes are consumed either on site at some makeshift barbecue next to the sea or packed to be backed at home. Tavernas allow the customers to bring their own fish and bake it for them
Local Kitchen: Fish, veal, pork and chicken cooked in the tasteful Dodecanese-Mediterranean way are served at the Tavernas. Pizza and Pasta also easy to find. Dishes are cooked in olive oil using local herbs. Many fruits and vegetables are available at the super markets as well. Try the local dishes: Halki pasta (with onions and goat cheese), Giaprakia (very small stuffed vineleaves), Halki shrimps (small unique shrimps caught around Halki), Stuffed Kalamari, Ofto (local lamb stuffed with minced meat, pine nuts, small pieces of liver, local herbs), yoghurt with Halki’s famous Thyme Honey. Halki is a fishermen island and there is daily plenty of fresh fish that you can either fish, buy or consume at the restaurants such as mullet, grouper, sea bream, cuttlefish, sword fish, small shrimps, squid (kalamari) and many others
1st of May: The inhabitants of the island scoot with their families in the fields, and especially in Pefkia, picking flowers, make amberjack wreaths and revel.
Eastern: Throughout the Holy Week, Easter is celebrated in Halki’s unique traditional way in an atmosphere of devotion, with an impressive procession of the epitaph, the two resurrections culminating in the burning of Juda’s effigy in the churchyard of St. Nicholas on Easter Sunday.
St George: Especially celebrated in Alimnia where pilgrims are going from the previous days and sleep in the cells of the monastery.
St John of Melas on the 23rd of June where the first Halki’s honey of the year is collected.
The battle of Sikalies on the 6h of August. Those living on the left side of Emborio are “in war” with those living on the right side and figs, eggs, flower etc are thrown against each other. The “battle” ends with a dive in the sea in front of the piazza.
The 14th of August in the old village takes place one of the two major feasts of the island celebrating the Holy Virgin Mary. The Icon of the Virgin starts at St. Nicolas’ church in Emborio and is carried by women of the island to the church of the Holy Virgin at the OldVillage for the mass. After the Vespers comes the celebration and dancing.The feast continues the next night as well in Emborio.
The 28th of August at St.John monastery takes place the other major celebration of the island which continues as well the next night in Emborio.
The 14th of September at Stavros monastery just above the OldVillage. On the eve there are Vespers, Holy Loaves, and free food offered by the Church Committee or by individuals who want to offer something to their compatriots.
The 8th of October Archangel Michael is celebrated in the traditional way at Panormitis monastery and finally St.Nicolas on the 6th of December in Emborio.
Halki is very dry and most of its water supply comes from desalination of sea water or from Rhodes. The rest is collected from the winter rain. During winter the island is relatively green and in spring you can see lots of rare flowers. But the summer is long in Halki and the lack of water is obvious. Nevertheless, you can see hundreds beautiful white or colored bougainvilleas, fig trees, pine trees, prickly pears, cactuses and geranium that withstand the prolonged drought and combined with the wonderful old mansions give a superb spectacle.
Internet: Free WiFi Internet is available from the municipality as well as at the cafés and at many rental houses.
Telephone: Three mobile companies are accessible (3G) in Halki (Vodafone, Cosmote and Wind). Some call boxes exist as well, that accept phone cards available on the island.
Currency: Currency is Euro. There is a Postbank and an ATM (cash mashine). Credit cards are accepted at most tavernas nowadays. Exchange is possible either at the Postbank or at one of the agencies.
Animals-Pets: Everywhere in Halki there are scattered sheep and goats. Some donkeys, plenty of dogs and cats as well. Pets are mostly allowed everywhere. Very often dolphins are following the boats to Halki, forcing passengers to capture the moment by endless photographing.
Rentals: There are no rental cars or motorcycles.
Doctors: One Doctor and one Nurse. Medication is available at the Pharmacy. Specialists like pediatrician and gynecologist come once a month. Halki has no dentist.
Massage: Contact us to arrange an appointment
Post Office: Mail comes and goes 2-3 times a week, sometimes more often during the summer period. Stamps are available at the Super Markets as well.