2,3 km off the bus route
198 steps carved into the rock lead to the chapel
Not suitable to people with walking difficulties
The chapel of Agios Ioannis sto Kastri –dedicated to Saint John– is on the top of a barren sea rock with spectacular panoramic views, at a height of 100 meters; it is incredibly picturesque from both the bottom and top. An amazing landscape via an interesting drive at the northern side of the island, and a good chance to see typical flora of the Aegean. There is a small secluded beach below the church with crystal clear water to refresh you after the climb down, which worth the stay if it is not windy; ideal for both swimming and snorkeling.
There is no record of when it was actually built. Local history says that a resident saw a glow on the top of the rock one evening; at first he did not give particular significance to this but it was repeated many times, and then in a dream he saw a woman who told him to go to the top of the rock with the other residents and search for an icon there. Next day the whole community of the island went there and he related what had happened. Then they all began to carve steps into the rock to the top. Once there, they found the icon of Agios Ioannis (Saint John), which was transported to a nearby chapel. The next day they discovered that the icon was not in the church, but back where it had originally been found. They decided to build a chapel on the site to house the icon, because they believed that the Saint wished to be there.