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Astypalaia: Picturesque fishing villages and quiet beaches

Astypalaia


Αστυπάλαια, Δωδεκάνησα

Astypalaia is a beautiful and romantic island of Dodecanese complex that attracts more Greek tourists than foreigners . It is a nearly divided in two smaller islands island with many marvellous sandy beaches, very interesting caves and many well preserved ancient ruins.

Although being a part of the Dodecanesian group, Astypalaia looks like a Cycladian island because of the wild landscapes and the numerous churches built on each side of the island.

Do not miss a visit to the capital of Astypalaia, Chora, with its beautiful white washed houses and a Venetian castle crowning it, and a visit to the windmills, as well as the small port of Maltezana , especially between 7 and 9 p.m. when fishermen return and sell fish and crayfish straight from their boats.

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Visit the churches of Panagias (Virgin Mary), Saint George and Panagia Portaitissa, a 250 years old church. Visit the settlement Livadi, the most fertile area of the island with vineyards, orange-groves and tangerine-trees. Swim to the beach of Tzanaki and take a tour by a caique to the lagoon Vathy.

Famous beaches: Pera Gialos, Livadi, Agios Konstantinos, Vatses, Kaminakia, Ai Giannis, Panormos, Pachia Ammos, Maltezana, Marmari, Vathy, Steno and Vai.

From Astypalaia there are ferry boat connections with the below islands:

From Dodecanese Islands: Kalymnos, Kos, Nisiros, Rhodes, Symi, Tilos and from Cyclades Islands: Amorgos, Donousa, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Syros.

How to get there

By ship: From Piraeus (about 12 hours)
By airplane: From Athens (about 60 minutes)

Astypalaia Useful Telephone Numbers (Calling code for Greece 0030)

Piraeus Port Authority
210 4226001-4
Astypalaia Police Station
22430 61207
Athens airport
210 3530000
First Aid
22430 61222
Astypalaia coastguard
22430 61208