Halki is a Dodecanese island located 5 miles west of Rhodes. The capital of the island is Emporios, which is also its port.
In the bay of Emporio, is built the homonymous and unique settlement of the island, "Niborio". The picturesque settlement consists of two-storey and three-storey buildings of neoclassical architecture, which reveal the grandeur of allotment times. A stroll through the paved alleys of mansions, colorful walls and tiled roofs excites every visitor.
The surface of the island is 28 sq. Km. and has a population of 478 (2011 census).
There are two versions for the origin of the island's name. On the one hand, it was named after the copper mines and laboratories that existed on the island in antiquity, on the other hand, by the Phoenician word "karki" or "kalchi" meaning "purple", the shell that was abundant on the coast of the island then and which the Phoenicians was trading, which is the most likely version.