Holidays in Astypalea

    Although Astypalea belongs to the Dodecanese complex, it has an intense Cycladic character. This is a small island and its shape looks like a butterfly. Tourism is not much developed but tourist facilities are enough to cater for the limited number of visitors. Astypalea island looks very charming with the picturesque architecture of Chora, the Venetian Castle on top of the hill, the traditional windmills and the relaxing beaches. Few beaches close to Chora are organized, but as you drive away from the capital, you will find totally secluded places to enjoy privacy. Astypalea Greece is an ideal place for families and romantic couples, as nightlife is lounge on the island.

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    Travel guide to Astypalea, Greece

    Astypalea island is ideal for alternative holidays. Due to its secluded location, it has kept a low profile tourist development without losing its original character. Astypalea holidays will give a deep insight to authentic Greek life. Although it belongs to the Dodecanese island group, the architecture of the island looks more Cycladic.

    The small town with the white houses and the Venetian Castle on the hilltop offers a picturesque place to explore, especially in the evenings when tourists leave the beaches and head to the town for a night out. Some beaches around the island are organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, while others are totally secluded and naturist friendly.

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    Have a look on our travel guide about Astypalea island and see the most beautiful beaches, villages and sights to visit. Through our large collection of photos and the detailed maps, you can also get a better understanding of the location.

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    Hotels in Astypalea

    Chora and the surrounding beaches are the most convenient places to stay during your Astypalea holidays. Accommodation in Chora mostly consists of traditional studios and self-catering apartments, with view to the sea or the Castle. Some accommodations are also found in the organized beaches of Pera Gialos and Livadi, with charming traditional studios and rooms to rent right by the waterfront.

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    The island of Astypalea, in Greece, is one of the Greek islands of the Aegean Sea and it belongs to the Dodecanese islands group. Chora, the main village on Astypalea island, is small but picturesque. Although the island belongs to the Dodecanese complex, it has an intense Cycladic architecture, with white sugar houses, paved streets and traditional windmills. On a hill above Chora, there is a Venetian Castle that used to protect the island in the Medieval times.

    The other settlements are mostly tourist places with relaxing beaches. The beaches in close distance to Chora are partly organized with sun beds, umbrellas, taverns and accommodation, while a drive around Astypalea island will bring visitors to many totally secluded places, with few things to do. Agios Konstantinos, Pera Yalos and Livadi are among the most frequented beaches. In the evenings, head to Chora for a lounge drink and a romantic walk across the narrow paths. Holidays in Astypalea is a wonderful experience if you like places off the beaten track.

    Highlights in Astypalea

    Discover in a glance the best things to see and do in Astypalea island

    • Chora is the only village and centre of activities in Astypalea. Constructed on the slopes of a hill, this picturesque place offers amazing view to the Aegean Sea.
    • Constructed on top of the hill above Chora, this Castle was constructed in the Medieval times. Its location offers magnificent view to the island and the sea.
    • In close distance to Chora, there is the lovely beach of Livadi organized with tourist facilities, beach studios and taverns. This is one of the few organized beaches on the island.
    • The street with the windmills in Chora is among the most picturesque spots of Astypalea. These traditional windmills line up the path to the Castle and create a lovely scene.

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