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Astypalaia: The Butterfly Island

19 July 2014 / 17:07:03  GRReporter
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Astypalaia island – the locals call it the "Butterfly Island" because of its specific shape. It can also be called "the island loved by winds" because the sea surrounding its beaches is calm and unmoved by northern winds.

Untouched by time and, mostly, detached from the commercial dimension of tourism development, the island still offers what other islands have lost forever - a true escape from everyday life.

Between the Dodecanese and the Cyclades

You are on the westernmost island of the Dodecanese, but in front of you are revealed pictures typical of  the Cycladic landscape? Don't be surprised - Astypalaia flirts with the beauty of both island groups, offering a very attractive landscape.

The first thing you will see arriving on the island is the picturesque and snowy-white main city. A few hours are enough to convince you that the main role here is played by contrasts. The Venetian fortress of Querini dating back to the 15th century is reminiscent of the heroic past of the island and invites you to explore it. It would be better to visit it in the the evening, though, when the sun is slowly setting, to fully experience this trip to the past ... The typical whitewashed houses, almost glued to each other, will welcome you at the foot of the fortress and will reveal the secrets of local architecture. Upon entering the fortress, history and civilization will jointly evoke your admiration with outstanding temples and rare murals. Your walk here can be ended by visiting the largest church on the island, The Church of Mary, as well as by enjoying the exclusive view from there.

Do not leave a piece of the island unexplored because this is the only way to feel the uniqueness of Astypalaia. The island is not divided, but simply wants to have everything and it offers it to all guests in a generous way.  It is part of the the Dodecanese, but does not deny its love to the Cyclades. There is no pretence, just the opposite – it has remained authentic and unchanged. It is not a slave to fashion trends, but protects aesthetics and culture. It does not reject anyone or anything, only those who do not "tolerate" unspoiled natural beauty cannot understand it. And most importantly, the island does not promise anything, but quite spontaneously, from the very first moment you set foot in its narrow streets, you will discover the secrets of escape from everyday life that will remain unforgettable for you.


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