Astypalea is the bridge which connects the Cyclades to the
Dodecanese. On this island of the Dodecanese, one can encounter the special features which
characterize both island groups.
Because of the abundant, fragrant flowers, her fruit, the Ancient Greeks called her the
"Paradise of the Gods". Today, Astypalea is also famous for her exceptional
honey and the high quality of fish.
Chora, one of the most beautiful towns in the Aegean, is outlined by numberless capes,
thickets and sandy bays, tranquil, comely mountains seething with 365 picturesque churches
and monasteries. A Venetian Castle stands proudly at the top of the town.
Other settlements that exist today are Livadi, Analypsi, Maltezana but, most of the island
life is concentrated in Chora.
One of the best beaches the island has to offer is Steno, which divides the island in two.
Other magestic beaches are Agios Konstantinos, Livadi, Schinontas, Maltezana, Marmaria and
Plakes as well.