Astypalaia is a peaceful island in Greece, reminiscing the Cyclades. Part of the Dodecanese, it is in the southeastern edge of the Aegean Sea. The Butterfly of the Aegean is the name of the Island, partly for its unique shape and because of its natural beauty.
Named after Astypalaia, the daughter of Phoenix and Perimede, the island was also “Ichthyoessa” due to its abundance of fish. During the Hellenistic Era, it was an important marine port and during the Roman Age become a base for military operations against pirates. Moreover, in 1204 was under the Venetian and then under the Turks until 1912. Finally, only in 1948 was part of Greece.
Astypalaia is a peaceful place for a relaxed holiday, swimming and enjoying the sun. The Island has traditional Cycladic architecture with whitewashed houses, blue roofs and windmills. Moreover it offers stunning beaches with crystalline sea. The best beaches are in the South. Here travellers can also experience other activities like rock climbing and hiking routes.
The largest town is Chora, a charming village with an imposing Venetian stone castle. From here visitors can have a great view of the Aegean Sea. The castle was erected in the 13th century as a fortified settlement to protect from pirates. Hora offers to its visitors a variety of choices of taverns, restaurants and souvenir shops.
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