Like a butterfly amid the Aegean
Located exactly where the Dodecanese meet the Cyclades, the island of Astypalaia boasts a centuries-old history, whitewashed villages and sun-drenched beaches. Embark on a fascinating trip where the deep blue of the sea meets the bright white colours of beautiful island houseς.
- Chorais the island’s capital town and port.
- The Venetian Guerini Castle (13th c).
- The 18th-century Panagia Portaitissa church below the castle, one of the most beautiful churches in the Dodecanese. Right next to it there is an interesting Ecclesiastical Museum.
- The Narkisseios Municipal Library, also housing the island’s archeological collection.
- The Archeological Museum in Pera Gialos
- To Kylintra, bordering Chora on the south side. It is the site where a burial ground for infants was excavated – the only one known to have existed in the whole world.
- Megali Panagia. Its courtyard features a remarkable pebbled floor
- Panagia Flevariotissa, 6 km NW of Chora. Part of the church is built inside a cave.
- The Monastery of Agios Ioannis o Makrys (12 km W). It is built in an impressive landscape.
- The castle of Ai-Giannis, opposite the monastery by the same name.
- Negros cave, at Vatses. Access it by boat from Chora, or follow an organised tour.
- Agios Vasileios hill and the ruins of an early-Christian basilica.
- Maltezana the seaside resort that attracts most of the island’s tourism.
- Talaras Baths and their Hellenistic period mosaics that are unique in the Hellenic world
- The monument of the French Admiral Bigot
- The ruins of an early-Christian basilica (5th c.) with remarkable mosaics. Agia Varvara chapel was built over those ruins using the existing Ionian capitals as building material.
- Analipsi church, the village’s oldest one.
- Panagia Poulariani church, on the way to Vathy. It is built on a rock formation which looks like the Virgin Mary holding the Baby Jesus.
- The island’s biggest celebration takes place at Panagia Portaitissa church on Panagia’s feast (August 15th) and lasts for three days (August 14th-16th).
- Panagia tou Thoma feast, at Vathy, on September 8th.
Swimming at the beaches: Agios Konstantinos, Vatses, Plakes, Kaminakia, Agios Giannis, Panormos, Pachia Ammos, Pera Gialos and Livadia.
Ways to travel:
To get to Astypalaia Island travel by plane from Boryspil International Airport of Kyiv or International Airport Kyiv to Athens International Airport or to Rhodes Island. You can also get to Athens by bus or by car. Transfer from Athens Airport to the port of Piraeus using a city bus or a taxi. Travel by sea from the port of Piraeus to Astypalaia Port. Take a bus, taxi or rent a car to reach other places on the island.