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Astypalaia

Astypalea, a butterfly-shaped island, has a very rich coastline and many islets. Geographically, it belongs to the Dodecanese islands, but architecturally you will find yourself surrounded by the whitewashed houses of the Cyclades.

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Name of place: Astypalea

Capital: Hora

Basic tourist information
  • Astypalea, a butterfly-shaped island, has a very rich coastline and many islets.
  • Geographically, it belongs to the Dodecanese islands, but architecturally you will find yourself surrounded by the whitewashed houses of the Cyclades.
  • Visit the Venetian Castle at the very picturesque Hora, and don’ t miss Panagia Portaitissa, the most beautiful church of the Dodecanese. If you happen to be around on August 15 do not miss the 3-day celebrations.
  • Sailing is the best way to explore the island, as its rugged coastline offers many safe bays and beaches.
  • Kaminakia beach on the SW side of the island is a big beach with umbrellas and two beach bars. Amazing scenery.
  • Tzanakia beach is located near Livadi and is preferred by nudists.


Main port
  • Main port name: Pera Gialos (Skala)
  • Mooring: You may moor stern to or alongside the outer quay if it is not crowded. Good holding. But make sure your anchor holds because there are strong gusts near the coastline.
  • Shelter: Rather safe, but is affected by the meltemia (N winds).
  • Available services: Fuel, water on the pier, repairs, WC, cafes, tavernas.


Alternative bays
  • Maltezana. Beautiful sandy beach. Shelter from N and SW winds. There is a small quay. Bottom of sand and weed, good holding.
  • Livadia bay. Large sandy bay on the inlet of the bay offers shelter from all weathers. Very fertile valley. 2 tavernas.
  • Vathy. Very safe bay, just like a lagoon, on the NE side of the island, that offers shelter from all weathers. There are moderate gusts. Bottom of weed, medium holding.  There are always many fishing boats. Enjoy fresh fish. From here you can visit the impressive cave of Dracospilia with its stalactites.


Useful Telephone Numbers
Port Authorities phone number  Hospital Police Tourist police
+30 22430 61208 +30 22430 61222 - -