Greece: Astipale Island
Geographically, historically and architectural island of Astypaale (Astypalea, Astropalia) belongs to Kikladam, and not southern sprads, but administratively belongs to the last. On a clear day from the slopes of local hills, Anfi or Amorgos is much easier than any of the islands of the Dodecanese group. Yes, and the inhabitants of the island are the descendants of the ciladsels that moved here in the XV century.
From the air is the island like a butterfly, left "wing" which is mountainous and almost nonsense, but the right slightly lower and covered with the forest. At the same time, the astipale does not boast the abundance of natural beauty – many shores of harshs and rocks, framed by reefs and are little suitable for swimming. Unprotected heights are covered with thickets of barbed shrub, juniper and herbs, among whom Otara sheep and goats are roaming – the main "Source" Excellent local cheese. But here there are no snakes here, which is unique for the Aegean Islands, and citrus groves in the valleys are talking about the abundance of water, which, nevertheless, local residents are inhibited in pools. In addition to cheese, AstyPaleya is known for its honey and seafood, as well as beautiful secluded bays, very popular with yachtsmen and divers.
Main Harbor Islands Pen-Yialos (PERA YIALOS), or Rock (Skala), was the first city in the region based on Italians. His picturesque coastal part, as if clamped between the berth and the line of eight windmills, was built relatively recently, and its main decoration is a small archaeological museum (from June to September is open from Thursday to Sunday from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 18.30 to 22.00; From October to May – from Thursday to Sunday from 8.30 to 14.thirty; Free admission).
Above the port begins more attractive old town – Chora (astipale, Whose cool streets are noticeably animated with colorful wooden balconies and stairs. And the top of the hill is crowned Castro Castro (XIII in., Free entrance) – one of the most beautiful in the Aegean Sea. The earthquake of 1956 was badly damaged, but the walls of the walls, the main gate, as well as the Church of Eutangelistria and Ayos-Eornos were well preserved (the latter are now restored).
Lying on the Isthmus 9 km from Feather Jialos Town Analysis (Analipsis) is often called Maltusan, because it is considered that he was founded by medieval Maltese pirates. Although this is the second size of the city of the island, it is especially nothing to look except the narrow sandy beach east of the main bay – in Skhinkondas (Skhinondas), and west – in Place (PLAKE). You can also go to well-preserved Byzantine thermals in Talaras (Tallaras, many sites are now covered with a protective layer of gravel), to basilics Karaklis (1 km east) and Ayia-Varvara (V B.,1 km north) or visit the last windmill of the island over Ayia-Fock Cove. But it is better to go on foot to the mountains, meet the dawn on Mount Castellano (366 m), swim in narrow Vatu Gulf in northern or Ayia Fock Bay in the south, as well as relax on the wild shores of the tiny islands, framing the experiencing and from the south, and from the north.
Twenty-minute walk or a short bus ride from the choir will lead to the fertile valley of Livadia and the popular beach in the bay Livadi, surrounded by pension, restaurants and cafes, and very good. From the ever-filled tourists of Livadi Beach, you can go to the southwest, to three small pebble bays – Dzanaki (Tzanaki, Popular Nudist Beach), Ayos-Konstandinos and Hill. And on a boat or cauit you can reach secluded beaches Vaces (Vatses) and Kaminakia (Kaminakia) – often windy, but possessing the sandy coast. To the northeast of the Harbor Pier-Yialos, another three good bays, known as Proto Marmari, Defatero Marmari and Tito-Marmari.