Astypalea, the butterfly of the Aegean Sea, is an ideal destination for nature lovers or simply for those who want to get lost in its charming towns.
It is the westernmost island of the Dodecanese, located at the point where the Dodecanese meets the Cyclades. This is the reason why in Astipalea the features of both island resorts are mixed to create a variety of unique landscapes.
The island of Astypalaia has 1,113 permanent inhabitants living in the four main island settlements, Astypalea or Chora, Livadi, Maltezana and Vathi.
The medieval settlement of Chora was a group of densely built houses within the walls of the castle. Within the castle are the churches of PAnagia Castriani (Virgin Mary of the Castle) built in 1853 and Saint George, in 1790. Another very important church and the most beautiful of the Dodecanese is the Church of Panagia Portaitisa founded in the XVIII century DC.
The visitor can choose from a variety of activities and excursions to enjoy the vacation on this beautiful island. A very interesting excursion is in the cave of Vathi with its impressive stalagmites and stalactites where you can arrive by boat or walking. Mini-cruises on nearby islands are also worth to enjoy the sea and the sunset. You can visit the islands Koutsomiti, Kounoupa, Kaminakia and Agios Ioannis.
The Butterfly of the Aegean
Astypalea has a plethora of coves, sunny and quiet beaches to delight even the most discerning traveler. Others have pebbles, others have sand, and some are only accessible by water. They all have blue seas so beautiful that you can't help but want to swim in them. Pera Gialos, Maltezana, Agios Konstantinos, Kaminakia, Vlychada and Panormos are among the most impressive beaches.
Water and adventure enthusiasts can find a variety of activities to suit their preferences in Astypalea, including kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, climbing, and trekking.
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