Astypalaia Travel Guide

  • kaminakia, Astypalaia
    kaminakia, Astypalaia
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  • on the road to Vathi, Astypalaia
    on the road to Vathi, Astypalaia
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  • on the road from Vathi, Astypalaia
    on the road from Vathi, Astypalaia
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Astypalaia Things to Do

  • Kaminakia beach

    Kaminakia beach is at the south-west part of Astypalaia.As local bus doesn't reach there, you have to have or rent a vehicle, though not necessarily a 4x4.Yes, it is a 6km-dirt road to go down to Kaminakia, but both motorbikes and conventional cars can drive on it.It is generally not recommended to go to Kaminakia when it is windy on the island,...

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  • Fishermen

    Watching the fishermen cleaning their nets and getting ready for the evening again was quite something to watch. I was also amazed at how young these guys were, nice to see that the youngsters are carrying on the traditions of the island.

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  • Livadhia

    I took the bus to Livadhia and spent the day there at the beach. They have a very nice beach and it is not as steep and incline as the one at Pera Yialos. I found however that it was best to wear shoes at all the beaches that you could wear even in the water .

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  • The old lady and her donkey

    I could not help but be amazed by the speed at which the donkey transported the old lady. They side ride the donkies and seem to be quite at home on the back, I on the other hand would probably fall off after the fith stepl.

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  • The locals

    Getting to know the locals and observing them is quite fun. The men all gather around late afternoon and sit in little groups drinking coffee or whatever takes their fancy and discuss the issues of the day at hand.

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  • The churches

    I was not able to get inside any of the churches, they were all locked, so just had a look from the outside.

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  • The windmills

    Up on Hora you will find the windmills on what the locals call the square. I am not sure what the purpose of the windmills are, but they are somewhat derelict.

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  • Visit the castle

    High up on the hill is the castle, but be prepared to walk up very steep alleyways and do a fair amount of stair climbing. It is however worth it even if just to get lost in the little streets and admiring the little houses and the old folk spinning and doing other great things.

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  • Archeological Museum

    This one roomed museum is free with some very interesting pieces found around the island. Do pop in there if they are open, takes you all of 10 minutes to have googled over everything in there.

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Astypalaia Restaurants

  • Studios & Restaurant

    Mrs Frosso knows all the great little delicious secrets to happy greek food!She is very friendly, a pleasant and wonderful host - try the chickpeas traditional dish, the cooked/grilled meals and look/ask what her husband fished on the day....and for desert, various delicious traditional sweets made by Mrs Frosso - we had the excquisite lemon - and...

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  • traditional greek cuisine

    One of the most characteristic restaurants of the island, with tables at a clean, small yardMrs Barbara combines ingredients and tastes with imagination and creates wonderful greek dishes. Greek traditional mousaka was rich in flavour and not heavy at all, Local goat meat "lemonato" - with lemon, delicious and soft as candy,roll filled with plums...

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  • Windmills

    This little corner is the place frequented by everyone on the island, locals and visitors.it just happens that the path always leads to it every day or even more than once a day...at any time for a cool drink after a swim late in the afternoon, or a quick one before diner, for actual dinner....And everyone favours it: young or older, families,...

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Astypalaia Nightlife

  • Orange

    portokali means orange in GreekThis is a very welcoming and cosy cafe in Pera Gialos, the beach bay below Chora, run by Makis and Zoe, who are very nice and friendly.You can enjoy every time of the day there:breakfast in the morning, swimming in the sea and resting under the trees of Pera Gialoslight lunch or afternoon sweets,cool night drinks and...

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  • Breathtaking view

    This is a nice place to have late afternoon coffee and enjoy the fresh extraordinary handmade sweets.It is also a cool place to enjoy a night out with drinks, very good music and the wonderful view to the sea and the Chora of Astypalaia come as you are!

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Astypalaia Transportation

  • Fly or Ship to Astypalaia

    The fastest, easiest way to travel to and from Astypalaia is by plane.Astypalaia has got an airport and there are direct flights from Athens daily, except Sunday.However, if travelling by ship is the option, the following choice of routes, if convenient to your general travel plans, can minimize any potential port delays and avoid huge crowds on...

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  • Busses

    There are two busses that run along the island and their destination and times are on a board at the bus stations. They are very inexpensive but beware sometimes the bus driver thinks he is related to Schumacher and drives like a maniac. The busses run along the paved roads between Hora, Pera Yialos, Livadhia and Analipsi.

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  • Other ferries

    There is another ferrie that calls on the island twice or three times a week, but it only takes you to Kalymnos from where you then have to catch another ferrie to where ever you wanted to gho and the people on Astypalaia could not tell me where to buy the onward ferry ticket or how much it costed.

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Astypalaia Shopping

  • Thyme Honey

    Thyme can be felt everywhere in Astypalaia, first smelt then seen!Traditional, pure thyme honey is delicioushttp://ebloko.gr/paradosiaka_proionta_astypalaias_hliana?language_code=en

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  • Kitrinokouloura

    from the bakery in Chora Kitrinokouloura - yellow cookies- are very yellow because they are made with saffron.They can accompany fresh salads or breakfast.follow the link below for the local recipe > about 1-2 euros/bag

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Astypalaia What to Pack

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    by mvtouring Written Jul 2, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: You only need a daybag to take with you to the beach

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Mock crocks to wear to the beach and in the water, bathing costume, sarong, hat, sunlotion and sunglasses

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most toiletries can be found on the island and is not that expensive, however make sure you have your prescription medication with you.

    Photo Equipment: Always good to ensure that you have enough stock and that everything is in working order

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: snorkling equipment

    Miscellaneous: nice books to read

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Astypalaia Off The Beaten Path

  • Vathi

    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...

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  • Mamounia beach

    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...

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    rocks & pebbles, Astypalaia 4 more images

    by EviP Updated Aug 13, 2013

    Favorite thing: The greatest souvenirs from Greek Islands are free and abundant
    Sea shelves and small rocks and pebbles
    with interesting shapes and special colour combinations
    can make wonderful gifts and carry unique memories back home

    Fondest memory: I found the most interesting white striped grey rocks and pebbles in Astypalaia
    with shapes of crosses or hearts or grapes

    Look around, nature shares its imagination...!

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