All 7 Astypalea Sightseeing
Here are all the Astypalea sightseeing that we suggest. Have a look on various attractions that you can see during your visit in Astypalea, such as churches, monasteries, museums, castles and other sights.
All sightseeing in Astypalea
The Archaeological Museum hosts exhibits that date from the Prehistoric and the Medieval times, including ancient jewelry, stone tools, funeral offerings, ceramic pottery and other pieces. There are also photographs of the island's caves, Negros and Drakos.
The church of Panagia Portaitissa stands beneath the Castle in Chora. It is all white and it is considered among the most beautiful in Dodecanese. The church was built in the middle of the 18th century and next to it, there is a small ecclesiastical collection with old icons.
The church of Panagia Poulariani is located in a remote region on the eastern side of the island. There is a natural rock formation here in the shape of the Virgin embracing a child. This church can be accessed only by boat or on foot.
Drakos Cave, meaning the cave of the dragon, is a wonderful natural attraction. The cave is decorated with impressive stalactites and stalagmites of different colors. Drakos Cave was associated with marauding pirates as it was thought to be a place where the pirates were hiding their treasures.
The Monastery of Saint John is located 12 km west of Chora. Nestled between two steep slopes and offering a fantastic outlook at the islets of Ktenia, Pontikoussa and Ofidousa, the monastery stands on a hill next to an old castle. Gardens and streams below the church further enhance the beauty of the landscape.
The Venetian Castle of Astypalea stands on a hill above Chora. The walls survive till today, but the constructions inside the walls are mostly ruined.
Eight traditional windmills line the path to the Castle in Chora. They have been preserved and they mark probably the most picturesque spot of the village.
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