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This most western of the Dodecanese has had many names: Ichthyoessa (abundant in fish) in ancient times; Stampalia or Astropalia, as the locals call it today. The name Astypalaia means "oid city".

mountainous island with an indented coastline concealing numerous delightful coves, Astypalaia (or Astipalea) in fact resembles two islands joined by a ribbon of land only 105 metres wide.

The main village is Hora or Astypalaia, built up the side of a steep hill, and presided over by the massive, austere remains of a Venetian castle. Its small, square houses, painted white with brightly coloured doors and windows, follow the contours of the hill in an almost unbroken band down to the sea. So closely are they packed that the walls of the u˝-permost houses form part of the outer fortifications of the castle.

┴ row of windmilis ´n the pass of the hill provides an additional picturesque note.

One enters the castle from the south - west side of the hill. Inside it are two churches, dedicated to St. George and to the Annunciation (Evangelismos). The former contains a noteworthy carved iconostasis.

Below the castle stands the l8th century church of Our Lady Portaitissa, one of the most beautiful in the Dodecanese. It too has an impressive iconostasis, covered with gold leaf.

Livadia, Analipsi and Vathi are charming fishing hamlets on the south and north coast of the island, while among its many beaches, Tria Marmara, Schinontas and Vathi stand out.

HOW ď¤ GET
By plane from Athens
┬y ferry from Piraeus

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Area code: 02430
Olympic Airways 61.328, 61.292
Harbourmaster 61.208
Police 61.207
Municipality 61.206
First Aid 61.222

 

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