Not far from Patmos is a group of tiny islands, known collectively as Lipsi. They cluster round the largest, the only one which is inhabited, Lipso or Lipsi. It is an idyllic little island, off the tourist track, and you will find the inhabitants very helpful and cheerful. Here you will find beautiful sandy beaches and translucent waters. The island is so small that you can go everywhere you want to on foot. The hamlet on the protected natural harbour (the only settlement on the island), is composed of spotless whitewashed houses, while round its mini-piazza you can find tavernas, ouzeri, cafes and other eateries.