TRAVEL GUIDE TO ASTYPALEA
The small butterfly-shaped island of Astypalea is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the Dodecanese island group. It has successfully maintained a peaceful atmosphere and it has not turned into a crowded tourist resort. Its unorganized beaches are truly amazing and another interesting fact about the island is that its settlements have a Cycladic style of architecture.
For your trip to Astypalea, we provide a travel guide so that you can learn more about the island! You will find information on things you can do once you get there, sights you can't miss, beaches worth visiting, hotels, restaurants and more. To discover the magic of Astypalea, make sure to check out our photo album as well!
The island's airport serves only domestic flights from Athens during the summer. The best way to reach Astypalea is by ferry from Athens (Piraeus port) and other islands of the Aegean like Naxos, Paros, Kos, Amorgos, Kalymnos and more.
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MORE ABOUT ASTYPALEA GREECE
Astypalea in Greece is a little island in 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 island has the characteristic Cycladic architecture. Cubic whitewashed houses and churches, narrow alleys, blue windows, and wooden balconies create a unique atmosphere that will blow you away, just like the Cyclades!
In Chora, you’ll find many hotels, shops, restaurants, and other facilities.
Chora, the island’s capital, is built on the slopes on a hill, boasting a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea. Querini castle, a vestige from the Venetian era, lies on the top of the hill, overlooking the village.
This castle was used for defense during medieval times and these days it is the main attraction of Astypalea.
As for the beaches, those that are close to Chora are organized, with sunbeds and sun umbrellas, while along the beach you’ll find many taverns and hotels.
A drive around the island 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 seashores.
Tourism has yet to gasp itself upon the island, thus Astypalea makes a great destination for relaxing holidays!
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HOTELS & ACCOMMODATIONS
The picturesque island of Astypalea provides amazing hotels for your stay, mostly in Chora, but also in beautiful locations near the beach, such as Livadi and Pera Gialos.
Besides the traditional hotels, well-equipped apartments and studios, as well as luxurious villas and suites are available. The hotels are either located in quaint neighborhoods or at spots with lovely sea views.
HOW TO GET THERE & MOVE AROUND?
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, domestic flights are operated from Athens.
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HIGHLIGHTS: BEST OF ASTYPALEA
Discover the best of Astypalea! From sightseeing to activities, we give you the best recommendations for the ultimate holiday 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.