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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 22 - 22 °C
Weather
Temperature ºC
Wind speed
Wind direction º
Humidity %
Pressure (hPa)
Wed
19 Jun
22
7.16
324
73
1011
Thu
20 Jun
23
6.63
325
76
1009
Fri
21 Jun
24
7.74
325
73
1010
Sat
22 Jun
24
10
336
79
1010
Sun
23 Jun
24
6.08
326
74
1011
Mon
24 Jun
25
9.16
341
73
1011
Tue
25 Jun
24
9.73
336
75
1008
Wed
26 Jun
23
9.45
339
81
1008
Thu
27 Jun
23
9.98
339
82
1008
Fri
28 Jun
24
6.75
334
80
1006
Sat
29 Jun
24
8.27
355
79
1006
Sun
30 Jun
23
12.58
341
65
1007
Mon
01 Jul
23
10.87
348
65
1011
Tue
02 Jul
24
6.14
331
67
1012
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