Greek Island Dream: Astypalaia

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Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Last week I introduced you to the wonderful hotel where I spent 10 days on the Greek isle of Astypalaia. Today I’m inviting you to join me on a virtual walk around the island of Astypalaia which is located in the middle of the Aegean. But be warned: This blog post comes with a record number of photos – it was hard to select with all the wonderful corner and sights I saw and captured on the way. So are you ready for a multitude of blues and whites and instant holiday feeling? If so, buckle up, here we go – final destination Astypalaia in Greece!

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Why did I pick such an unknown island like Astypalaia? Well first of all I always wanted to go there as it is so off the beaten path when you think of Greek islands. In fact most people I spoke to have never heard of the island before so it adds to the intriguing story of discovering an unknown rocky island in the Aegean. Secondly, I wanted quiet days to unwind to the maximum – and Astypalaia in September is a perfect option for that!

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia is pretty small and has the shape of a butterfly. The main town is called Chora (like on most Greek islands) and is spectacularly tucked on a hill topped with a Venetian castle called ‘Kastro’. The intriguing story of the island’s ‘Kastro’ is that it was not merely a defensive structure but up to the 1930s most inhabitants of the town lived within the fortified walls – at high times up to more than 4.000 people! Incredible!

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

The island is pretty rocky and sandy beaches are not abundant. But most beaches have little pebbles and crystal clear waters as well as small beach bars for food and drinks. My two favorite beaches were Agios Konstantinos and Vatses – both beaches are only accessible with a car and the road is not paved. In fact when going to Vatses be prepared for an adventurous and bumpy ride through a rocky valley.

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

 

I spent my time mostly relaxing, reading, sleeping and – yes – eating. My favorite restaurants were the spectacular Akti with tables pinned on a steep rock overlooking the Aegean and with beautiful views of the ‘Kastro’. Akti is the place to go for fresh fish and seafood – I had an excellent swordfish steak. I also loved the family-run restaurant To Akrogiali on the beach of the old port – it is the kind of Greek tavern you have in mind – with the grandmother cooking in the kitchen and her family running the restaurant. I ate the island’s specialty there: delicious goat cooked in a tomato sauce for several hours. Another good place is a restaurant named Barbarossa just above the town hall with scrumptious meat balls in a tomato sauce, great Moussaka and a perfect chickpea salad. And a must-visit is the island’s most known tavern – Tou Mouggou. A really authentic Greek tavern with old men playing cards and an interior that has remained the same over the course of many years.

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

 

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

If you ever consider going to Astypalaia, make sure you are not planning party holidays or fancy clubbing. Go there if you prefer quiet days, secluded beaches, and a piece of authentic Greek island life. Have a happy new week!

Astypalaia, Greek islands, Greece, visit Greece, travel tips, travel blog

Photography by Igor Josifovic

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  • Reply Anya J October 12, 2015 at 11:09

    WOW Igor these images are picture perfect 🙂 Love all the whites and blues. Thanks for sharing and take care,
    Axx

    • Reply Igor October 12, 2015 at 11:48

      Thank you Anya! And well, the Greek islands are just perfect models where you can’t go wrong with pictures:-) Happy new week!

  • Reply By Marloes Thuis October 12, 2015 at 12:13

    Hello Igor, Your pictures are very beautiful! Greece is also one of our favorite holiday destinations 🙂
    And you’re right, photos from Greece can not fail 😉
    Have a nice new week!

    • Reply Igor October 12, 2015 at 12:59

      Thank you Marloes! I am looking at those pictures while it’s 8 degrees here in Munich and can’t believe I was swimming in the Aegean Sea like 10 days ago! Happy Monday!

  • Reply LAETITIA October 12, 2015 at 14:49

    Les photos sont magnifiques. A encadrer absoluelnt pour certaines. Elles me donnent vraiment envie de découvrir cette île et de voir tout ce bleu et blanc.

    • Reply Igor October 12, 2015 at 18:54

      Oh merci Laet!! La prochaine fois on vous emmène!

  • Reply Imma Galiana October 13, 2015 at 11:13

    Ich finde super, dass du immer in der Sprache des Kommentars antwortest!
    Die Fotos sind echt traumhaft schön! M’encanten les teves fotos! (auf Katalanisch)
    Einen schönen Gruß!
    Imma

    • Reply Igor October 13, 2015 at 11:44

      Hahaha danke Imma! Ja ich versuche wenn möglich, direkt in der Sprache des Lesers zu antworten. Bei Katalanisch muss ich aber fast passen, da kann ich nur diese sagen: un café amb llet 🙂 Danke Dir auch für das nette Kompliment!

  • Reply Alexander Pieri October 13, 2015 at 18:45

    Lovely article! I guess you’ve been alao in Amorgos and Folegandros! Been there twice! Astypalea is my next destination for sure!

    Regards,
    Alex

    • Reply Igor October 13, 2015 at 18:55

      Thanks a lot! Both islands are still on my travel list in fact! I have been to many other islands in the Aegean but Amorgos and Folegandros are yet to be visited!

  • Reply Syderale November 21, 2015 at 13:20

    Dear Igor,

    Thank you so much for these absolutely superb pictures of Astypalea ! I am only a recent fan of greek islands and your pictures are just comforting my choice for September 2016!

    This Summer I visited Fournoi-Korseon, delightful and also off the beaten track; ideal for the type of vacation we obviously both enjoy : total relaxation, nice beaches, friendly & welcoming athmosphere.

    I keep your blog in my favorites, Congratulations it is a superb blog 🙂

  • Reply Dipa Nur November 17, 2016 at 09:34

    Dear Igor,

    I love to read your blogs. they are so colourful and full of life. I haven’t visit any countries except for India, Nepal and Thailand. So when you give description of places, it’s make me to visualise those places along with your outstanding photography…please keep writing for us…wish you all the best…

    Dipa
    From Bangladesh

    • Reply Igor November 17, 2016 at 10:42

      Thank you very much Dipa! I am happy you like my blog and it gives you inspiration and a virtual travel experience! I myself have never been to India, Nepal nor Thailand – I think I still have to catch up with my travels! Cheers from Germany! Igor

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