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Astypalea, the westernmost island of the Dodecanese, is nicknamed "butterfly" because of its shape - two small islands connected by land. Its appearance and architecture is more reminiscent of the Cyclades - arid landscape, white houses and churches all over the island. The island is mountainous, with the highest mountain, Vardia, at 482 m above sea level.

Tourism has only just begun to develop here. In recent years, however, Astypalea has become an increasingly suitable place for a quiet and relaxing holiday. Here you will find beaches close to accommodation as well as secluded and deserted "boring" beaches.

The typical Venetian castle of Querini, built to protect against pirates and enemies in 1204, towers over the capital of Chora. The castle was fully restored and renovated in 1310. Memorial stone tablets with the coat of arms of the ruling family are built into the walls of the castle. The castle offers a magnificent view of Chora. It is surrounded by small churches, windmills and the monastery of Panagia Portaitissa. The 18th century church of Panagia Portaitissa is located below the castle and is considered one of the most beautiful in the Dodecanese Islands.

The architecture of the island has been preserved in its original form, making Astypalea a very attractive holiday destination.

Traditional products include kopanitsi whipped feta cheese, cheese dipped in olive oil, local yoghurt, seafood and fish.

The Drakontospilio grotto is an interesting attraction near the fishing village of Vathi. The cave is decorated with stalactites and stalagmites of different colours - depending on the mineral and calcium content. People used to associate it with marauding pirates, as it was believed that pirates hid their treasures here.

Because of the "size" of the island, all life takes place in Chora and the port below it - Pera Gialos. Smaller resorts are located in Livadi and Analipsi (Maltezana Bay).

The island will enchant you with its unique atmosphere and tranquility.

Basic information:

  • Greek name: Astypalea, Αστυπάλαια
  • Capital: Astypalea (Chora)
  • Island area: 96 km2
  • Population: 1300
  • Highest peak: Vardia 482 m above sea level


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Includes: Astypalea, Chora, Castle of Astypalea, Panagia Portaitissa, Magazaki Beach, Livadi, Agios Vasilios, Tzanaki, Papou (Faso), Agios Konstantinos, Landes (Cape Mavri Pounda), Agios Ioannis, Agios Ioannis Richtis, Mikres Vatse, Megales Vatses, Negros Caves, Kaminakia, Petros & Pavlos, Mycenaean Tomb, Agios Georgios, Stavros, Agios Ioannis (Kastro), Ammouda, Riva, Panormos Bay, Agios Nikolaos, Landes, Tou Katafou, Pachia Ammos, Panagia Flevariotissa, Kambana, Agios Andreas, Chrysi Ammos, Megalo Vai, Karaflos Gialos, Mikro Vai (Agrilionas), Agios Nikolaos, Exo Vathy, Mesa Vathy, Agios Thomas, Krassa Cave, Drakontospilio, Zofiri Bay, Basilica of Agios Georgios, Panagia Poulariani, Panagia tou Ammoudi, Agios Fokas Islet, Agrelidi, Agios Nikolaos, Vrisi, Karekli, Hippolyte Bisson Memorial, Schinondas, Agia Varvara, Analipsi (Maltezana), Maltezana Beach Hotel, Porto Analipsi, Tallaras - Roman Baths, Cape Diapori, Ble Limanaki, Plakes, Agios Ioannis, Steno, Mikro Steno, Marmari 1, 2, 3, Pounda 1, 2, Paliomilos, Pera Gialos, Profitis Ilias, Chora

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