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Just magical
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Astypalea is all about pure nature, calm beaches and relaxing atmosphere. I always stay in Pera Gialos, which is close to the beach and the main town. The capital is very picturesque with many cafes, delicious taverns and nice bars. A walk to the castle will give you nice memories and stunning view. The beaches are secluded but extremely clean with crystal clear waters.

I always take my evening coffee in the lovely cafeterias next to the windmills and a drink at the small bars in Chora. You will not see many cars or plenty of traffic, except at the tourist beaches where there is much activity. My advice is to rent a car (jeep preferably because roads are dirt and narrow) and make the tour of Astypalea. There is much wild scenery to enjoy!



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A romantic trip under the moon
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Over a period of 10 days, Astypalea has turned out to be the best summer destination for me. An island that I never thought I would love so much for its natural beauty, traditional characteristics and hospitality.

When I reached Astypalea, I realized that I found a place to relax and escape the daily habits of the city. Once you see Astypalea for the first time, you will be impressed by this Cycladic beauty with the whitewashed houses and the picturesque churches. Above all, the island offers a breathtaking view to the natural surrounding from every corner. The island's major characteristic is that it has remained intact through time.

Astypalea is full of pristine beaches with a natural rocky landscape. If you are a history lover, I suggest you visit the Venetian castle in Chora and the old churches. Taverns in Astypalea make simple and tasty food for all tastes. Moreover, it is perfect for free camping and a romantic walk under the moon light.



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Place to grow old
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It is not the nightlife, the ancient sites or the watersports that you love in Astypalea. In fact, there are nothing of these. It is the wild scenery, the beautiful village, the old windmills, people taking their siesta at noon, the view from the cafeterias to the sea, the small squares, the impressive castle on top of the hill. This is the perfect island to relax, to think nothing else but just how beautiful life can be, how simple things are, how clean are the sea and the sky. This is the perfect place to grow old. When you are young, go clubbing, travel, go crazy, stay overnights but when you grow old, come to places like Astypalea and appreciate the beauty of life, away from the anxiety of modern world. I love Greece for keeping such places so untouched, so picturesque to look and envy...

In Astypalea, we stayed in a room close to the port, so many beaches were in a walking distance from us. The port was not particularly busy and ferries would come about 2-3 times a day, so no problem. We spent most of the day at the beach and in the evening we went to eat at the taverns by the sea. At night, a drink in the bars of Chora with the soft lights was great. If the weather was not very windy, a tour boat would leave from the port to go for excursions around the island.



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Walk to the beaches
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After Kos, Astypalea was on our travel map last summer, this tiny island in the middle of the Aegean that stands like a rock against all winds and waves. I love those Greek islands where you feel so relaxed and refreshed, where you do nothing but swim, eat and sleep.

We chose Kos for the luxury hotels and Astypalea(4 hours away by ferry) for the peaceful atmosphere. Take the boat from the port and go to beaches round the island, or better yet walk till the beaches. It will not take more than 20 minutes to walk to the beaches around Chora plus you get to relax even more on the way.

There are fish taverns in the popular beaches and in Chora with good prices, better than Kos certainly. Maybe there should be more variety in the menu but at least all food is cooked at hand, not frozen. Our studio was at the port, so that we don't be far from the centre of activities. In Chora, there are a couple of lounge bars with nice view to the night sea and the sky.



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At the end of the world
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Isn't it great to have your holidays in the most peaceful place ever? I love the Greek islands, they are so close to home and everyone has a unique beauty. But I am sad that some islands try to follow the example of Mykonos and want to get money from clubbing or other bad sides of tourism.

For me, vacations are about relaxing. Sleeping on the soft sand, under the shade of a tree and with the sounds of the middle-summer insects in your ears. This is Greece for me!! Nature and beaches and good people. Unfortunately, I find all these in small islands and more remote towns in the mainland any more.

Astypalea was such a place and, trust me, I have the best memories from there. We stayed in a room in Pera Gialos. I remember it was hard to book rooms from the Internet and had to make a few phone calls, but a few hotel owners spoke English. We did most of our swimmings there and in the evenings we would go to Chora to have dinner in a small tavern right under the Castle. If it is not windy, a small boat leaves from the port and makes the tour of the island. Take it, if you don't swim in the beaches, at least you wil see some wild landscape.



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Truly a relaxing place
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Our room in Astypalea was close to Chora, in the beach named Pera Yalos. There are many rooms to rent there, clean and not expensive compared to other islands. People on Astypalea are so warm and friendly! We figured out that most of the hotel owners do not live on the island but come for the summer to make business. Only a few people live there in winter and most are old. I believe this is a shame because in a couple of decades the small Greek islands will be inhabited only in summer and will be totally isolate in winter. Astypalea is truly a magnificent island. We stayed there three years ago, while we were touring the Greek islands. We stayed for two or three days, I don't remember well but my pictures show a nice place to relax. We didn't swim in many beaches, just the small beach in front of our hotel. Chora is the only village there. Walk in the narrow paths and go to the Castle. You will like the view. Have your meal at the beach taverns, it is more romantic and more "Greek". Most taverns in Greece are excellent, so sit wherever you want without any risk!



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Not one beach bar
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The best thing with Astypalea is Chora: a very clean and beautiful village, one of the most traditional villages in Greece. Beautiful in the day with the sunlight and also great at night with the soft lights that extend from the castle to the port. Beaches on Astypalea are not so great. They are of course clean but too remote. I didn't see any beach bar there. Best spot for a coffee is in Chora, in the cafeterias next to the windmills.



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Beautiful place
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Our three-day excursion to Astypalea was a true surprise to me. Astypalea was actually a last-minute decision for us. We had already planned our two-week holiday in Rhodes, when we saw the Astypalea section in your site, Greeka.com. So, we said, why not? It is close to Rhodes and it is a special island to see. Indeed, it was a wonderful experience for me. Cozy beaches with barely ten or twenty swimmers, traditional restaurants with friendly onwers, cafeterias with quick service (because they didn't have much clients to serve, probably!) and a cheap, clean hotel. This was pretty much the ambience of our weekend in Astypalea, plus some lovely treks to the Castle and the villages along the coastline. Relax and relax and relax...



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The quietest island I have been to
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Indeed, Astypalea looks like a butterfly on the map! From closer, it is the quietest Greek island I have been to. Some old people are living there permanently who are very friendly to the tourists and welcomed us from their heart. Mr Christos, who runs a store in Chora, bought us some delicious local red wine and almost all taverns treated us a dessert or fruits after meal. While I was on the island, I thought that those people must lead a hard life in winter there, as ferry connection to the rest of Greece is not convenient at all and jobs are difficult to be found. I did't see any nightlife on Astypalea, except for some cafeterias in Chora that stayed till midnight. Maltezana and Pera Gialos are probably the most popular beaches, though do not expect crowded shores as in other islands.



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Leave with peace in your heart
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We have just returned from our Greek holidays. This summer we spent a week in Rhodes and a weekend in Astypalea. Rhodes was what I expected, a large and medieval-looking, gorgeous island. I had seen many photos and I knew what toexpect. But Astypalea really amazed me!! I was not quite prepared to go there, as it was a last-minute choice. I saw a really beautiful, tiny island that lives in its own world. Not many cars, just boats and motorbikes, as the roads in the inland were pretty rough. I also saw many mules driven by old people who have probably spent their whole life on Astypalea.

All beaches were clean and not organized, which is good because they don't get spoiled by people. My favourite was Maltezana. I saw a couple of bars on the island but was not attracted to go, they would spoil the relaxing vibe I got when I stepped foot there. You will not find many things to see, but you will not get bored either. Stay for no more than 4-5 days, they are enough. When you leave, you will have peace in your heart, like I did.



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