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BEACHES TO EXPLORE
CAVES TO EXPLORE
Astypalaia balances between the Dodecanese and the Cyclades, belongs officially to the first, but embraces the famous Cycladic elements and beauty.
Asypalaia is connected regularly by ferry with Athens and the port of Piraeus all year long. The direct itinerary Piraeus - Astypalaia is operated 4 to 5 times per week and the journey lasts from 8,5 to 11 hours, depending on the ferry you will choose and the number of stops of the selected journey.
An alternative way to get to Astypalaia easily from Athens, is by having the port of Naxos as an intermediate destination. The itinerary Naxos - Astypalaia takes place at least 4 times per week and the duration of the journey is 3,5 hours.
Getting to a good beach on the island often reminds of mission impossible. Despite the fact that you may not seek for adventure in your holiday in Astypalaia, you may often need to perform a combination of hiking, swimming and climbing!
Not forget to mention the secluded beaches in the small islands Koutsomyti and the Kounoupes where you can have access using the small boats resting on the island. During summer period, there are daily routes from the port of Pera Gialos towards the islets but also Vatses, Kaminakia and Agios Ioannis. You can also reach Kaminakia by car, using the dirt track which leads to the beach with the few trees where you can rest. Agios Ioannis can only be accessed by boat and for all you nature lovers there is a hiking trail.
A list with the best beaches in Astypalaia:
Apart from the impressive morphology and the exceptional sea, Astypalaia contains also great history and remarkable sights worth seeing.
Descend from Chora to Pera Gialos! Once you get there, you can swim in the crystal clear bay, gaze at τhe blue horizon under the tamarisk trees, or to enjoy appetizers in traditional taverns having their tables on shingle. It is also worth to pay a visit to the Archeological Museum of Astypalaia.
It would be a pleasant break after all the hiking to explore the caves of Astypalaia. Some of these are the Cave of the Dragon, The Dragoncave with the church of Panagia of Thomas,the Cave of Krassas and the Negro’s Grotto.