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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 15 August 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 15 AUGUST 2015 17 FEATURE white dives into the blue leave to see what's available foodwise and which roads have been resurfaced. We were there at the beginning of the tourist season and the heavy rainfall which preceded our arrival didn't allow us to get to every beach on the map. Definitely check the boat timetables, as visiting the nearby uninhabited islands of Koutsomitis and Koudouna (amazing green blue waters) or Drako's cave from the tiny village of Vathi will offer you unique experiences, and if you're really lucky, some enco dolp dolphins and seals. La ounters with Last but by no mea food For out apo adv the var bu for to fo means least, the food. Oh the food. or any vegetarians out there, I do apologise in advance because the local goat variety is very cute but unfortunately for them very tasty too. A must-try for meat lovers along with local lamb. There is obviously fresh fish and some incredible local cheeses, especially as part of Greek salads. Astypalaia also produces saffron that flavours many dishes as well as the kitrinokouloura, which you should invest in before you leave. We loved the main square in the Chora, which is basically where the famous windmills are. You won't be stuck for eating options and Pera Gialos is really lovely in the evening, but the square is where we kept returning. Ageri taverna is probably one of our top tips anywhere on the Greek islands and we only had to drag ourselves next door for a drink. Meltemi café is a great place to watch the people of Astypalaia gather round for a gossip. Throughout our stay we felt we were getting a slice of what Greek hospitality is meant to be about. Nothing fake or made all shiny and new to please visitors from abroad. A slower pace of life, some amazing sea views and great food. Each flight from Athens fits about 30 people, make sure you're one of them! * For more stunning travel destinations head to www. everymatic.com and www. o everymatic. om/everymatic Breathtaking view of the Aegean from a cliff-perched church. Astypalaia is one of the smallest islands in the Dodecanese archipelago, with a strong permanent community of 1,400 people. Orchards and vineyards ascend through the steep mountains, offering a panoramic view of Vai bay and ending up at the closed bay of Vathi, the perfect resting spot for the island’s fishing boats. Chora is located on top of a rocky peninsula, and its beautiful little white houses create a picturesque path linking the old castle to the port of Pera Yalos.
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