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The Uninhabited Island of Alimia Hosts a Survival Game

The uninhabited utopic island of Alimia, located among Rhodes and Chalki in the Dodecanese island complex, has been chosen by the Belgian tourism agency Beyond Borders to host the survival game The Island. This brand new product brought by the agency, will finally be inaugurated in the Dodecanese after several actions taken by the GNTO Netherlands and the Prefecture of South Aegean Sea. The game is addressed to travelers who enjoy thrilling adventures and drives them explore their limits.

The trip to this little island (of 7,4km2) in the Dodecanese complex will take place from October 13th to the 23rd. The game is based on putting participants/contestants to survival tests such as building shelters or finding food etc., without any help from tech products (smart phones, cars etc.). The participants will play the game and collect points that will lead them in winning various prizes, whilst a grand prize will be given at the end of the game to the contestant whose entry has accumulated the most points. After completing the survival game, all participants will be transported to Chalki, where they’ll be accommodated, offered local delicacies and get acquainted with the beauties of the island. Entries to the game are from Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and Austria.

The island of Alimia belongs to the Municipality of Chalki and is included in the European Network NATURA 2000. Its natural sheltered bays, of Agios Georgios in the south and Emporeiou in the east, provide a safe haven with crystal clear waters for small boats, which are renowned among sailors who wish to plan a day trip in the area for fishing, swimming or even hiking. Participants will also have the chance to visit the uninhabited, since the 1940s, Agios Georgios settlement located by the bay. Furthermore, the church of Agios Minas as well as the army barracks, which were built during the Italian occupation of the Dodecanese Islands (1912-1943), are also worth a visit. The highest view point of the island (269m above sea level), which used to be a fortress during the Hellenistic Period, is where the Knights of Rhodes’ Island built a Medieval Castle in 1475 and its remains still lay there through time. Moreover, in Emporeiou Bay there are Roman Tombs, foundations of a shipyard dating back to the Hellenistic Period and an early Christian Basilica.

Joris Meermans from Beyond Borders commented: “It was immediately evident upon our arrival that this tiny island was exactly what we were looking for. We are confident that this marks the beginning of a very good and long-standing cooperation with the South Aegean Region and the Municipality of Chalki”. Local agents estimate that innovative travel products such as “The Island” can attract tourists’ interest to the surrounding islands and contribute in extending the tourist season.

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