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Astypalea is the closest island to the Cyclades complex and uniquely combines the architectural aspect of Cycladic architecture and Dodecanesian architecture style with the Venetian architectural splendor. The architecture of Astypalea has many distinctive spots, including the Venetian castle standing proudly on top of the hill, traditional windmills, old churches, and the whitewashed houses mesmerize every visitor.
The Castle of Astypalea, the most important attraction of the island, in Chora, is surrounded by small churches and white houses with blue shutters that reach the port. Equally interesting are the nine preserved windmills, that you can see on your way to the town and the Monastery of Panagia Portaitissa, sitting right next to them. The steeped town and the traditional settlements of Astypalea consist of well-preserved whitewashed houses with blue shutters and doors, charming narrow paths and lovely churches.
The local architecture seems to be quite privileged and locals have managed to restore it and preserve it the best way possible, within and outside the main settlement. Today, Astypalea Greece is one of the most interesting destinations in the Greek islands as it shares Venetian and Aegean characteristics.
Visitors can enjoy their stay in many of the traditional hotels that have respected the traditional architecture.