Ro or Rho is a small Greek
island in the eastern Mediterranean Sea near Kastellorizo, close to the Turkish
coast. It is part of the municipality of Megísti (Kastellorizo), in the South
Together with other islets
in the surrounding region, Ro was the object of a sovereignty dispute in the
1920s between Turkey and Italy, which at the time was in possession of
Kastellorizo and the Dodecanese islands. The dispute was solved in a 1932 treaty,
which assigned Ro to the Italian side.
It finally came under Greek
sovereignty in 1947, together with the other former Italian possessions in the
Ro has been uninhabited for
most of history, except for the one Greek woman who made it famous, Despina
Achladioti. Every day, Achladioti, also known as the Lady of Ro, would fly a
Greek flag, clearly visible from Turkish soil, over the island, until her death
A small Greek military unit
is now based on the island, with the primary duty of continuing the tradition
of raising the flag, set by the "Lady of Ro", Despoina Achladioti.
The islet is named Kara Ada
The islet offers crystal
clear water and is ideal for a swim and you can only visit by boat.