Fri 12 May 2017
Astypalaia is surrounded by numerous beaches which are scattered all around the island! The natural configuration of the coasts is rich, having provided the island with many long beaches, such as those in the areas of Livadi, Pera Yialos, Vatses, Kaminakia, Agios Ioannis, Steno and Psili Ammos, but also with some smaller creeks, like Tzanakia and Plakes!
It is worth to mention the remote beaches on the small islands around Astypalaia, which are only accessible by boat. This is where the little fishing boats and an abundance of private yachts are stationed regularly during the summer months. Those who choose this type of vacation are allowed to dock their boats at the port of Pera Yalos, which acquired new infrastructure in the summer of 2008.
Be sure to schedule a visit to Koutsomytis and Kounoupes; these beaches are fantastic! During the summer months, local boat trips are organized in a daily basis from the port of Pera Yalos to the various little islands around Astypalaia, and to Vatses, Agios Ioannis and Kaminakia! You can also reach Kaminakia by road. There is a dirt road that leads to the beach. Under the trees with lush foliage that exist along the road, you can take a nice rest! In Kaminakia you will also find a traditional accommodation with a tavern, which is – however – quite expensive! Agios Ioannis is only accessible by sea and for the lovers of nature there are various paths to follow, which are paved by the wild goats of Astropalià!
Astypalaia has abundant beaches for all different tastes; from organized ones with deck chairs, to completely remote beaches, which are not even mapped and seem to appear out of nowhere!.
Tips: It is worth to go to Tzanakia, enjoy your swim there, and sunbath on the big pebbles of the beach under the hot summer sun! You can walk from the bus stop of Maltezana to Psili Ammos. To reach this sandy beach, you should pass by the airport of Astypalaia and follow the dirt road to its end! Swim in the crystal clear waters between the islets of Koutsomytis and the islet of Tigani. Take some pictures of the monastery of Agios Ioannis, which is only visible from one specific point as you are in the sea! Do not forget to take your mask with you and enjoy the clear waters, but also take a dive from a tourist boat…