After Scinontas bay the road to the left is signed towards Vathi, a village noth-east of the island, but looks a discouraging dirty road. Indeed, it is a 20-30 minute rocky and bouncy - especially for motorbike- ride that has nothing really important to arrive to at the end. No one recommends to take this road...
If you set aside the inconvenience of the ride and make up your mind that there is nothing to expect at Vathi
(after all this is what summer is all about, to be open to new experiences, and tavelling is all about exploring different places!)
the scenery and the atmosphere is far from disappointing!
The road - wide enough - turns, climbs up and down, revealing untouched parts and isolated bays of the north Astypalaia - feels like a ride along with the earth, the sky, the wind and the sun...
Vathi is a fishing village where modern civilization has managed to reach until 1960s, it feels like time-travelling to the island 40-50 years ago! It is impressive how direct is the feeling of remote and neglect and,at the same time, the sense of purity, calmness and wilderness.
So, there is nothing to do here but enjoy the quietness, take some pictures and if lucky enough watch dolphins or whales swimming by...
We took the ride late in the afternoon, so on our way back from Vathi to...civilazation we had the chance to enjoy the nature getting ready to sleep, changing colours to a beautiful sunset!
A ride with no purpose, no expectations, just for quiet observation of a part of the world.....
Three wonderful bays, called "Mamounia" (bugs, in Greek) are situated on the way from Chora to Maltezana, before Steno beach, walking a 5-10 minute path away from the main road.
Ask locals for exact directions, everyone knows it.
The actual "off-the-beaten-path" element here is the sense of the nature.
The bays are remote from roads, houses and shops and people visiting are fewer.
So it gets as noisy as the sea and sun!