Located exactly where the Dodecanese meet the Cyclades, the island of Astypalaia boasts a centuries-old history. The island was named after Astypalaia, the daughter of Phoenix and Perimede. Chora is the island’s capital town and port. It is one of the most picturesque towns in the Aegean, perched on a rock that advances into the sea, forming two bays. On the top, you will see Chora’s castle towering over the town. Around the castle lie Chora’s houses with whitewashed walls, blue doors and windows, and wooden balcony rails. Astypalaia is an island of significant historical heritage, wonderful traditional images, unparalleled natural beauty, and home to very hospitable islanders. With its pristine beaches, whitewashed houses, and uncharted walking paths, the island is an explorer’s heaven, and a find for those looking to escape the madding crowds of summer vacationers.
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