Astypalaia is surrounded by numerous beaches that 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 mentioning 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 and allows daily sailings to the islands and to Vatses, Kaminakia and Agios Ioannis. In Kaminakia you can get there also by car through a dirt road which leads to the beach with the few trees where you can rest. Agios Ioannis is accessible only from the sea and there is a hiking trail for nature lovers.
The Schoinontas Beach
The picturesque and quiet cove located in a small distance from Maltezana settlement, offers you a sandy, organized beach that satisfies those who want easy access, shallow waters and restaurants along the seaside.
This is the largest beach in the area of Livadi and it is the most well-known and organized beach on the island with various bars, cafes and restaurants spreading along the seaside. The visitors can find deck chairs on the beach, but also abundant free space to place their towels and enjoy the warmth of the sun. The beach ends at a large rock that children prefer for their dives.
One of the most beautiful beaches of the island is Tzanaki. It is considered as the beach of the nudists; it is not visible from the main road and one can only see it if he/she comes close enough to the path that leads to the coast. However, the beach of course is open to all guests who respect the distinct character of the place!
Plakes beach is sited about a kilometer before Maltezana. You will it find easily as there is a relevant sign before the beach. There is also a local bus stop on the main road. To reach the beach, you take an easy downhill pathway. Then, you can choose between the pebbly side of the beach on your right and Plakes beach on your left. Plakes beach offers a rich underwater eye-experience
Vatses beach can be reached by car (there is a dirt road covering the ¾ of the route). There is only a beach bar on the spot, where the visitor can find essentials (drinks and snacks) to cool down and enjoy their time at the beach; there are no taverns or restaurants. Half of the size of the beach is covered in tamarisks and visitors can find a few sun beds and umbrellas. Most part of the beach is speckled with small pebbles mixed with sand as you come closer to the water.
Steno beach is located right in the middle of the island of Astypalaia, on a narrow strip of land that separates the island into its western and eastern part. It is ideal for small children as it is the shallowest beach on the island. In addition, it is an organized beach. Thus, you can find nice and comfortable sun beds and a canteen if you need to drink or eat anything. There is also a bus stop in case you need to use local public transport.
On the island of Kounoupes, there is a lovely “double” beach; a relatively narrow strip of pebbles and sand joins the two parts of the islet forming a stunning beach with crystal clear water, giving the impression that is a swallow pool! Access to the beach is only possible by boat.
Crystal clear waters and pristine beaches, the background
for dreamy vacations !