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Astypalea
(169 n.m. from Piraeus)

Astypalea
Resembles two islands linked by a natural bridge. The ancients used to call her Ichtyoessa (Island of the Fish) for its rich fisheries. Houses are small and white, packed together, with coloured windows, wooden balconies and staircases. Windmills can be also seen in a line. Just like a post-card!

Interesting places to visit

  • Astypalea or Chora which is crowned by a Franco-Byzantine castle whose outer wall largely consists of houses.
  • Panagia Poraitissa, one of the most beautiful churches in the whole Dodecanese, with an impressive woodcarved shrine decorated with thin leaves of gold.
  • Beautiful beaches: Livadi, Agios Vasillis, Tzaneki, Agios Ioannis, Deftero Marmari, Trito Marmari, Maltezana.
  • The caves in Vathi and Vetses with stalagmites and stalactites.

Simi
(230 n.m. from Piraeus)

Simi
A mainly rocky island decorated with a southern part full of pines, mulberries and fruit-bearing trees.

Interesting places to visit

  • The picturesque natural port of Aigialos.
  • Walk through the narrow lanes to reach Ano Symi, capital of the island, built on a hill, and you will be rewarded visiting a collection of antiques housed in a neoclassical building.
  • The church of Virgin Mary.
  • The bay of Pedio and the bays of Naou, Marathounta and Emporeio reached only by a motor-boat.
  • Metapontis, is an ancient city near Emporeio.
  • The monastery of Archangel Michael, full of brilliant Byzantine frescoes, built on a site combining mountain and sea to the south of Ano Symi.
  • The nearby isles of Seskli and Nimos ideal for fishing.

Tilos
(222 n.m. from Piraeus)

Tilos
A virgin nature, sandy beaches full of springs and streams and Genoan towers.

Interesting places to visit

  • Livadia the island's natural port.
  • Megalo Chorio with its early medieval castle.
  • Its wonderful beaches; Livadi, Agios Antonios, Plaka.
  • The Municipal Office which houses an interesting local archaeological collection.
  • Agios Panteleimon monastery and the homonym feast on the 27th of July.

Don't miss the Dance of the Goblet, a folklore occasion on the 28th of July each year and have in mind that transport in the island is still effected by mules, donkeys and hired caiques.