Many of the Dodecanese islands were called by the Ancient Greeks with nicknames that were illustrative of each island's particularities. Astypalaea (Astypalaia) was known as “the bank of the Gods”; a nickname that can tell quite a lot on how appealing this blessed small piece of land has always been.
Astypalaia is an island of significant historical heritage, wonderful traditional images, unparalleled natural beauty and home to very hospitable islanders. With its greatly praised castle towering the picturesque Chora (City) , one of the most beautiful island towns in the Aegean, its 365 churches and monasteries that are dispersed all over its surface, its sandy beaches and sleek landscape
Astypalaia – or Astropalia as the locals call their island in their own dialect – is a lovely island that you will never forget. The island clusters of the Dodecanese and the Cyclades, each of which have their own identifying characteristics, meet in Astypalaia Island to create a unique result. Once upon a time the castle of Astypalaia had a key that was used to lock the island's belles in and out of the reach of visitors. Now-days on the other hand Astypalaia Island is wide open and shows its beauties as its inhabitants are welcoming to visitors who soon became friends and will come again!
Athens International Airport (Airport Code ATH). There are 4 to 6 flights weekly, depending on season and the flight is about 45 minutes. Check at Sky Express airlines for schedule, online booking and more information.
Piraeus (Port of Athens). There are 5 to 8 trips weekly, depending on season. Check at www.bluestarferries.com for schedule and more information.
Rhodes and Kos Islands International Airports (Airport Codes RHO & KGS) There are 2 to 4 flights weekly, depending on season and the flight is about 30 to 90 minutes.Check at Aegean Airlines or at Olympic Air for schedule, online booking and more information.
Note that the neighbouring islands of Rhodes, Paros and Kos host international charter flights.
Syros, Paros, Naxos, Amorgos, Rhodes, Kos, Kalymnos, Leros Islands. There are many scheduled trips weekly, Check at www.bluestarferries.com for schedule and more information.
If you like to see the Public Buses Schedule please click here or call at +30 22430 61412 for more info.
Astypalaia is an ideal destination for alternative tourism as its suitable geography and warm climate allow its visitors to take full advantage of a great variety of choices and things to do. The island offers its own challenging climbing field, a wide network of walking paths and two underground caverns that are well mapped and photographed. All situated near areas suitable for historical sightseeing. The island will be most enjoyable particularly if visited in spring or autumn.