ASTYPALEA TRAVEL GUIDE
Find out everything about your holidays in Astypalea on our travel guide! Astypalea is arguably one of the most beautiful Greek islands of the Dodecanese! This small, butterfly-like shaped island is yet to be discovered by mass tourism, thus it boasts a peaceful atmosphere.
Even though Astypalea Greece belongs to the Dodecanese island group, it has a Cycladic architecture. The Venetian Castle on the top of a hill in Chora, traditional windmills and whitewashed houses create a magical setting that never fails to seduce visitors!
Astypalea beaches are mostly unorganized and secluded, offering the perfect setting for those who seek privacy and want to unwind away from the hustle and the bustle. But there’s a lot more to do here than lay on the beach!
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Astypalea Greece is a little island of the Dodecanese island group in the southeastern Aegean Sea. Thanks to its secluded location, it has managed to stay off the radar and has emerged as a great alternative destination.
Although it belongs to the Dodecanese island group, Astypalea has the characteristic Cycladic architecture. Cubic whitewashed houses and churches, narrow alleys, blue windows, and wooden balconies create a unique Cyclades-like atmosphere that will blow you away! In Chora, you’ll find many Astypalea hotels, shops, restaurants, and other amenities.
Chora, the island’s capital is built on the slopes on a hill, boasting a breathtaking view to the Aegean Sea. On the top of the hill overlooking the village, sits Querini castle, a vestige of the Venetian era. This castle used to protect the island during medieval times, but now it is the main attraction of Astypalea.
As for Astypalea beaches, those that are close to Chora are organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, while along the beach you’ll find many taverns and Astypalea accommodation. A drive around Astypalea will get you to more secluded beaches, where you can relax and take a plunge in privacy. Agios Konstantinos, Pera Yalos, and Livadi are among the best Astypalea beaches.
The tourism has yet to gasp itself upon the island, thus Astypalea makes a great destination for relaxing holidays!
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HOW TO GET TO ASTYPALEA?
A popular way to reach Astypalea is by ferry from the port of Piraeus, in Athens, but the trip is long. Astypalea is also connected to other islands of the Aegean Sea. Note that Astyplaea has a national airport and that during summer, flights are operated from Athens.
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HIGHLIGHTS: BEST THINGS TO DO
Discover the best things to do in Astypalea! From Astypalea sightseeing to activities, we give you the best recommendations for the ultimate Astypalea holidays experience!
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.
Vatses is a remote beach that can be reached through a track road or by boat.