Astipalaia - sailing to heart of the southern aegean sea
Astipalaia is an island on the southernmost part of the aegean sea. One should keep this nearly forgotten island as a secret, unfortunately, even secrets area little spoiled soon. However, even if tourism changed the summer-tranquility already, but in spring, autumn and the wintertime, Astipalaiia is still unspoiled and a greek heaven. The island looks like a butterfly and has many bays and small beaches. The island of Astipalaiia is located between the island of Thira, as well named Santorini. Halfway between the islands is the very small Anafi.
Amorgos is about 45 nm NW and itīs usually a pretty hard trip to sail from Astipalaiia to Amorgos in summer, when Meltemi is blowing from NW. In the east, one can reach levitha and then Kos, Tilos, Chalki and Rhodes.
In the port of Skala one can get water and electricity, but the host must be called (phone number at the post on the ferry-pier.) The big Rhodes-Athens or Crete ferryboat passes daily in summertime . In summertime, the small portbay is packed with 12, 15 or more yachts, and that can cause trouble, because the sandy ground does not hold the anchor very good, but strong winds can fall down from the steep mountains.
2008, a new small port area was created, sheletered behind a 75m long
There is a Port Police and Immigration office exactly looking over the port, but the policemen there usually donīt mind for pleasureboats. Maybe that changes after the port and itīs installations will be ready, qnd water and electric supply will surely be charged.
outer area of the pier is reserved for Ferryboats, however, one can
go alongside there, when no ferry is expected.
The upper village changed itīs face and a pedestrianīs area lured several bars and restaurants to open, so in summertime, the evenings start to be the big stroll
There is a very good and friendly butcher and below the mills one can find several supermarkets, some are very well equipped in summertime. On the harbour below are only some small bars and shops, but the bakery as well.
Astipalaia - the island with many bays
that can be used for mooring a sailing boat.
Eat and drink at Astipalaia
of the most lovely places to sit is the little Taverna on the beach
- original greek food, greek atmosphere... and the sand of the beach
below your feet. Excellent!
Internet by Wireless LAN availale.
It is recommended to rent a Motorbike or a car and travel around the island - there is no cultural site, but many lovely corners to explore - but donīt worry too much about the burning garbage just around the first curve and the electrical plant next door of it...
From Astipalaiia one can
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