It is safe to say that Astypalea has been the most attractive summer vacation option for the last few years and there is a reason for that. Vacation in Astypalea offers originality through the hospitality habits of the locals, the virgin environment, the local dishes and the unique history of the island.
About the island
The capital of Astypalea is Chora settlement, which is one of the most beautiful in the Aegean. Its typical white houses with the blue doors and windows stand amphitheatrically on the hillside sprawling from Pera Yalos settlement to the famous Venetian Castle.
Chora’s Castle was the only settlement on the island up until the 19th century. In Chora’s main square are located the 8 traditional windmills of Astypalea, 5 of which are still functional.
Chora also offers a wide range of shops such as restaurants, cafeterias, bars, commercial shops etc.
Pera Yalos is a picturesque, beautiful settlement which used to be the island’s port and is now used as a marina where all the boat-trips to the surrounding islets start off.
The architecture of the houses is similar to Chora’s and the two settlements have almost become one over the years.
The Archeological Museum of Astypalea is located in Pera Yalos settlement along with the Port police, the bank of the island, the beautiful Pera Yalos beach and a variety of restaurants, cafeterias and other shops.