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Astypalea

Dodecanese islands
Astypalea, Astypalea
Astypalea, Astypalea
Astypalea, Astypalea
Astypalea, Astypalea
Astypalea, Astypalea
Astypalea, Astypalea
Astypalea, Astypalea
Astypalea, Astypalea
Astypalea, Astypalea
Astypalea, Astypalea
Astypalea, Astypalea
Astypalea, Astypalea
Astypalea, Astypalea
Astypalea, Astypalea
Astypalea, Astypalea
The island of your dreams, where Cycladic architectural esthetics meets Dodecanese culture. Human presence adds to the natural magnetism and harmony of the place, thus accomplishing the bright and full of colours picture.
Description of Astypalea
This small island is located in the Southeastern part of the Aegean Sea and belongs to the island group of Dodecanese. Its mostly rocky area is about 99 km² with the indented coastline of about 110 m. Visually Astypalaia resembles a butterfly with two “wings”: the Eastern Mesa Nisi (middle island) and the western Ekso Nisi (the outer island). These parts are connected with a narrow strip “Steno” of 100 m. 
Astypalaia has its own small airport. So it makes it easy to get to the island right from Athens. Or one can get there by a ferry boat from the mainland port of Piraeus. The ferry boat is also the main means of communication of Astypalaia with other islands of the region.
 
The island’s capital Astypalaia or Chora (Hora) is located on the hill that comes down to the coast forming the bay Livadi and the port Pera Yialos. At the very top of this hill is the Venetian castle the Castro. The castle is surrounded by whitewashed cube-like houses. Though built in the traditional Cycladic style their architecture still takes its own way: their wooden balconies, outer stair cases and window-frames of sky-blue colour, their picturesque terraces and yards full of flowers. Another touch of the brush to this picture is a group of old windmills that meet the guests at the foot of the hill.
Besides Hora, it is also well worth mentioning Livadi, a small seaside settlement not far from the capital. Then comes Analipsi or Maltezana that owes this name to the Maltese pirates and the small settlement Vathi.
Livadi is a sandy shingly beach with small coves and shady trees. Maltezana is one of the most popular beaches with soft sand and sparkling waters. Agios Konstantinos is a long sandy with pebbles beach with mountainous background. Vathi is one of the isolated beaches with pebbles and shallow waters.

The Venetian castle the Castro built of the local dark stones catches the eye not only with its different color but also with its “foreign” architecture. It is built on the ruins of the ancient Acropolis. There are also two well known churches of Panaghia Kastriani and Agios Georgios on the territory of the Castro. Snow-white with azure domes they change the somewhat dull picture of the castle. Generally speaking, Astypalaia, as any other Greek island, has a lot of churches and chapels scattered all over the place. By the way, don’t forget the Archeological museum and the two caves with stalactites and stalagmites. 

In Greek mythology Astypalaia was a woman abducted by the God of the Sea Poseidon. She was sister of Helen and mother of the Cretan king Minoa. According to another version the name of the island comes from two words of “city” and “old”, ancient Greek άστυ and παλαιός. The history of Astypalaia mostly repeats the general outline of Dodecanese. The island passed from one hands to another: here were Venetians, Turks, Italians. Finally, in 1948 Astypalaia gained its freedom. 

It is believed that one of the island’s ancient names was Ikhthioessa, which means “fish, full of fish”. This marks the main trends of the local cuisine. Thus it is recommended to taste the local fish soup (κακαβιά) and octopus balls (χταποδοκεφτέδες). Then don’t miss famous cheese cakes (πουγκιά) made with local honey. And be sure not to leave without tasting local cheese.

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Weather forecast for 5 days
Today we expect 16 - 16 °C
Weather
Temperature ºC
Wind speed
Wind direction º
Humidity %
Pressure (hPa)
Mon
20 May
16
8.25
334
89
1012
Tue
21 May
17
8.14
337
89
1013
Wed
22 May
17
7.19
257
84
1011
Thu
23 May
17
9.7
320
81
1011
Fri
24 May
17
12.23
335
82
1014
Sat
25 May
17
10.64
318
83
1013
Sun
26 May
17
9.97
329
81
1013
Mon
27 May
17
10.43
333
84
1013
Tue
28 May
17
14.88
328
83
1012
Wed
29 May
17
13.03
331
81
1012
Thu
30 May
17
10.37
336
78
1013
Fri
31 May
17
9.77
319
83
1015
Sat
01 Jun
17
11.3
330
81
1014
Sun
02 Jun
17
11.84
327
85
1011
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