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Astypalea Island holidays - Dodecanese, Greece
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Astypalea island: Astypalaia information - Astypalea holidays - Dodecanese, Greece Astypalea is one of those secret islands that receive few foreign visitors but is popular with Greeks. On this gorgeous island of Astypalea of the Dodecanese, where local traditions are still alive, your holidays will consist of eating lots of fish (imposed by the many fish taverns of the island), and lots of swimming on beautiful deserted bays (yes, they still exist!). When on Astypalea 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 (get a taste of the traditional life).

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Astypalea island: Astypalaia information - Astypalea holidays - Dodecanese, Greece
About Astypalea island

Astypalea island: Astypalaia information - Astypalea holidays - Dodecanese, Greece Astypalea is one of those secret islands that receive few foreign visitors but is popular with Greeks. This gorgeous island is situated west of Nissiros and east of Anaphi. Its area is 97 square kms and it has a coastline of 110 kms with many natural harbours, bays and numerous islets. The island comprises of two rock masses, joined by a 110 meter isthmus. The main settlement of the island is Chora which is situated on the western coast and is built on the very same site as the ancient city. Above the town dominates the fort with its two white washed churches which John Quirini the 4th restored and which is much sung about in the folk music Astypalea island: Astypalaia information - Astypalea holidays - Dodecanese, Greecetradition as the "Fort of Astropalia". Today the town has extended down along the coast until it joins with today's harbour which is known as Pera Yialos. At a small distance of Chora is Livadi, a rich coastal valley. It produces exceptional quality citrus fruits and vegetables and ends upon an idyllic beach. In the northern part of the island there is a large and totally safe harbour with a small settlement called Maltezana or Analipsi. Vathi, situated along a picturesque bay, is another settlement which reached its peak in the past due to the vast quantities of lime which was enough to cover local needs and also be exported. Ancient writers speak with marvel of the island's fine climate, the multitude of game which breed there (especially pheasants and rabbits) and of the abundant quantities of fish and sponges in the surrounding seas.  It is worth noting that snakes are not to be found on Astypalaia.

Astypalea History
Astypalea island: Astypalaia information - Astypalea holidays - Dodecanese, Greece According to Greek mythology Astypalea and Europe were the daughters of Finikos and Perimidis. Ancient inhabitants of the island were the "Kares" who named the island "Pyrra" (greek word for "fire"), after its reddish coloured soil.
The island for centuries belonged to the Minoan empire. The favourable position of the island captured the interest later on of the Romans who took control of the island in 1207.
In 1537 the former pirate and later admiral of the Sultan, the fearful Barbarossa, gave a violent end to Venetian dominance and from then onwards the island followed the fortunes of the Dodecanese complex during subsequent Otomman and Italian rules, until its incorporation with Greece after World War II.
Astypalaia Beaches
The island has beautiful beaches. The ones closest to the settlement are those of Liendou, Kambos and Elena beach. At a half hour distance is the beautiful beach of Platis Gialos (sandy beach with ducks!). South of the port lies Katsadia bay (sandy and well protected from the wind), while other beaches are those of Papandria, Chochlakoura, Tourkomnima, Xirokambos, Kamares and Monodendri. They are all beautiful and secluded.
Astypalea island useful information
Area code: +30 22430
Olympic Airways:
First Aid:
Tourist Information:
61412, 61778
Astypalea Sailing/Yachting information
Astypalea has more than adequate facilities to accommodate you if you own a boat. The port of Astypalea is well protected from the winds and fuel is available in the main town of Chora. The port also has a water refuelling station that you can use. You should note that many people find that Maltezana Bay in Astypalea is more suitable for mooring because of its more secluded nature.

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Transportation on Astypalea island
On Astypalaia you will get around b y bus or "caiques" (little boats) you can visit the villages and beaches of the island. You can also rent a motorcycle.
Many medieval ruins are found scattered all over the island. Sites to be seen on the island include the picturesque windmills, the unique small houses within the fort (Karae's lanes), the picture perfect beaches and the natural harbours. Within the fort are two old churches, namely St. George and The Virgin of the Fort (the Annunciation). However the main veneration site is "Our Lady of the Door" (Portaitissa) which is celebrated with a festival on the 15th of August.
  1. The Castle with the 2 churches inside it: Panagia of Castro and Aghios Georgios
  2. Archaeological Museum - Pera Gialos
  3. Aghios Ioannis Castle - SW coast of the island
  4. Monastery of Panaghia Portaitissa-Livadi
  5. Megali Panaghia church-Pera Gialos
  6. Ecclisiastic museum
Astypalea Festivals/Feasts
  • Assumption of Virgin Mary-August 15th
    (lasts 3 days)
  • St. Panteleimon-July 27th
Astypalea Excursions
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::: How to get to Astypalea island information

Airplane schedules:
There are five flights a week to Astypalea island from Athens.
Flights leave from Eleftherios Venizelos (Athens) Airport.
Flight time from Athens is approximately 1 hour.
On Astypalea, the airport is approximately 9 miles out of town.
For more information and up-to-date timetables contact:
Olympic Airways
+30 210 966-6666

Aegean Airlines
+30 8011120000

::: Ferry Boat and hydrofoil information for Astypalea:

There are five weekly scheduled departures from Piraeus to Astypalea all year round.
Travel time from Piraeus is approximately 16 hours.

More information and scedules on Astypalea ferry boats and hydrofoils:
Greek Travel Pages
Piraeus Port Authority
Tel: +30 210 4226000

Rhodes Port Authority
Tel: +30 22410 28888/22410 22220

::: Ferry boat connections from Astypalea to other islands:

Dodecanese Islands: Kalimnos, Kos, Nisyros, Rhodos, Symi, Tilos
Cyclades Islands: Amorgos, Donousa, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Syros

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