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Astypalea Island

Area: 97 sq.km
Population: 1.238

Butterfly-shaped Astypalea can be excused its identity crisis. Officially belonging to the Dodecanese, this most westerly island of the archipelago would feel more at home geographically in the Cyclades. The main port area of Skala certainly has a Cycladic feel, with typical whitewashed, cubic houses clinging to the hillside below the Venetian castle, which dominates the skyline of hilltop Chora. Skala and Chora are linked by a steep flight of steps or a less arduous meander along the narrow road. On turning the final bend into Chora, a splendid main square flanked by a line of windmills greets the eye.

Ferry connections to Astypalea are poor and the journey lengthy so the island has not fallen prey to any dramatic tourist development. The simple pleasures of tavernas and cafes are the limit to evening entertainment, preceded by the ever popular "volta" when the locals have their pre-dinner stroll along attractive harbour front.

Daytime activity is limited to say the least. A 20 minute walk from Skala and the shingle beach of Livadia, one of the best on the island complete with tavernas and shaded by tamarisk trees, beckons. A number of other beaches both to the south and north are accessible by boat.

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Mykonos Island


Ιt is the cosmopolitan center of the Cyclades Complex. Its reputation has spread during the last years due to its unique landscape, its archaelogical sites, its cosmopolitan environment and its magnificent beaches.

White-washed, cube-shaped houses are scattered all over the island, narrow streets in the town, chapels and picturesque tavernas hide among art galleries and stores selling jewellery, souvenirs etc.

Trends that sweep through the international scene are born in the intense nightlife of this modern resort.

An island of tempting and tempestuous reputation such as Mykonos, with high tourism and a rather superficial lifestyle, inevitably has both fans and critics.

But even the most unsuspecting visitor immediately realizes that Mykonos is not only a crazy “bon-viveur”, but also an attractive, picturesque island with white Chora aside the crystal-clear blue waters of the Aegean Sea.

Direct international charter flights and regular domestic flights from Athens serve frequently, during summer, the airport of Mykonos.

Because it is so famous, Mykonos gets really overcrowded during high season but for those who enjoy the crowd, great fun and all night long entertainment, Mykonos is the ideal place for holidays.

Have a wonderful time...