Astypalea is an island of the Dodecanese group of islands, in Greece. It is a beautiful island and an alternative destination worth visiting. It is located very close to the Cyclades and the architecture is more Cycladic. The island has a beautiful Chora (main village) and offers some amazing beaches.
You will find below information about how to get to Astypalea by ferry, where to buy your tickets and information about Astypalea and its ports, with many photos.
Ferries to Astypalea depart from Piraeus port in Athens. The ferry trip from Athens to Astypalea lasts for about 8.5-10 hours. The cost of a ferry ticket from Athens to Astypalea is '35' 'EUR' (35 Euros) for a standard seat. Astypalea island is directly connected by ferry with Amorgos, Kalymnos, Naxos, Paros, Kos and other islands.
Ferry Schedules to Astypalea
There are ferries to Astypalea from Athens every week, but not every day. In the summer, ferry routes are more frequent and there are also many daily ferries to Astypalea from other islands of the Cyclades and the Small Cyclades.
Ferry to Astypalea from Athens
Ferries depart from Athens (Piraeus) to Astypalea about 4 times per week. The ferry trip from Piraeus to Astypalea lasts for 8.5-10 hours and sometimes it is overnight. The cost of a ferry ticket from Athens to Astypalea is '35' 'EUR' (35 Euros)
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Ferry to Astypalea from Amorgos
In the summer, there are daily ferry connections between Amorgos (Aigiali) and Astypalea. The ferry trip from Amorgos to Astypalea lasts for 1 and a half hours and the cost of a ferry ticket is '12' 'EUR' (12 Euros)
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Ferry to Astypalea from Kalymnos
There are usually 3 ferries from Kalymnos to Astypalea every day. The duration of the ferry trip from Kalymnos to Astypalea is 2.5 to 3.5 hours and the cost of a ferry ticket is '13' 'EUR' (13 Euros)
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Ferry to Astypalea from Naxos
There are usually 1-4 ferries from Naxos to Astypalea every day during the peak season. The ferry trip from Naxos to Astypalea lasts for 3 and a half hours and the ferry ticket costs '18' 'EUR' (18 Euros)
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What types of ferries travel to/from Astypalea?
The types of ferries that sail to Astypalea are high-speed/catamaran ferries (mainly from other Dodecanese islands) and conventional ferries. The ferry companies that serve itineraries to Astypalea are Blue Star Ferries and Anek Lines.
Island hopping from Astypalea
During the high season, there are frequent ferry connections between Astypalea and other Aegean islands. Some of the most popular island-hopping routes are from Astypalea to Amorgos, from Astypalea to Naxos, and from Astypalea to Koufonissi.
Travel tips to organize your travel:
- Astypalea has two ports: the New port in Agios Andreas and the Old port in Chora. Ferries from Athens and the islands arrive at the New port.
- The best way to plan your trip from Athens to Astypalea is to book your ferry tickets in advance, as Greek ferries may be fully booked, especially in July and August. The same applies to the trip from Astypalea to Athens.
- The ferry trip from Athens to Astypalea is long, so you might want to book a cabin for extra comfort.
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INFORMATION ABOUT ASTYPALEA
Although Astypalea belongs administratively to the complex of Dodecanese, it is famous for the Cycladic architecture that amazes every visitor. Chora is constructed on the slopes of a hill and offers amazing view to the sea, while a Medieval Castle and few windmills stand at the top. Around the small fishing port below Chora, there are small white houses creating a totally magic landscape.
Between the houses, you will see chapels and traditional kafeneions (coffee shops). Over the last years, Astypalea has developed as an alternative destination for relaxing holidays. The beaches of Astypalea charm visitors with the crystal water and the impressive landscape. Few beaches are organized, but the majority is quiet and secluded.
Why visit Astypalea?
Hop on a ferry to Astypalea for beautiful architecture, picturesque villages, hidden beaches, and stunning sunset views.
- Astypalea might belong to the Dodecanese island complex, but it boasts the characteristic Cycladic architecture.
- Chora, the island’s capital, is constructed on the slopes of a hill and offers an amazing view of the sea.
- Some of the best beaches in Astypalea are Ble Limanaki, Tzanakia, Steno, and Kaminakia.
- Livadi, Maltezana, and Vathi are some of the most picturesque villages in Astypalea.
The best season to visit Astypalea
The best season to visit Astypalea is the summer. However, the island is also beautiful in spring and fall!
Is Astypalea for you?
If you want to enjoy nature, traditional Cycladic architecture, and lovely beaches, all escaping the crowds of other super-popular islands, then Astypalea is a perfect option for you!
Sightseeing in Astypalea
Some nice places to visit in Astypalea are the Venetian Castle, the Traditional Windmills, Drakos Cave, and the Monastery of Saint John.
More about Astypalea
Discover more online resources about Astypalea island:
Photos of Astypalea
About Astypalea Port
Connected ports to Astypalea
Athens, Piraeus - Amorgos, Aegiali - Anafi - Donoussa - Kalymnos - Kastelorizo - Kos, Port - Naxos - Nisyros - Paros - Rhodes - Santorini (Thira) - Syros - Tilos
Although Astypalea reminds more the Cyclades islands, it administratively belongs to Dodecanese. The traditional architecture, the relaxing beaches and the calm atmosphere makes Astypalea a great place to unwind, even in high season. Chora, the capital of Astypalea, is located a couple of km from the main port of the island in Agios Andreas.
There is a bus that connects the port of Astypalea in Agios Andreas to Chora, Maltezana and Livadi. In summer, the bus itineraries are very frequent, every hour or 30 minutes.