Astypalea is a small island of the Dodecanese. Tourism has been developed on the island over the last years only, however, there are enough tourist facilities for comfortable holidays. Expect for the Venetian Castle above Chora, there are not many sites on the island. This is a great place to enjoy long strolls at the town and relaxing moments at the beach. Astypalea has all kind of beaches: there are both organized beaches with beach accommodation as well as secluded beaches for naturists. In fact, two popular activities on the island are hiking and jeep safari to secluded beaches.
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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.
Monastery of Saint John
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 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.
Church of Panagia Portaitissa
The church of Panagia Portaitissa stands beneath the Castle in Chora. It is all white and it is considered among the most beautiful in the 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.
Church of Panagia Poulariani
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.