Greece is the perfect destination for urban people seeking to explore authenticity in places. Moreover, Astypalea, the natural “bridge” that connects the Dodecanese and the Cyclades, combining elements of both island clusters, is one of the most attractive and rewarding islands in the whole of the Aegean: totally off the beaten track, turquoise bays and a stunning Chora, crowned by the venetian castle, with a striking row of eight windmills.
Dotted with imposing rocks and hills, beautiful beaches and picturesque villages, Astypalea invites the visitor to a magical journey into the blue of the Aegean Sea and the dazzling white of its houses. Island with rich history, tradition, unique landscapes with beautiful white-washed houses and courtyards crowned with bougainvillea, picturesque chapels, is an ideal place for a quiet and relaxing holiday.
The traditional settlement of Livadi lies amphitheatrically over the long sandy beach. A seaside small village surrounded by citrus orchards and vineyards, offers one of the best places to swim right under the eye of the enchanting Chora of Astypalaia. Enjoy long sunny days tempered by gentle sea breezes and dive into the transparent blue waters of the popular beach of Livadi, a well-organized spot with sunbeds, umbrellas, café-bars, restaurants and markets, located just a 5-minute walk away from Aelia Apartments & Suites.
At the western end of the coastal village of Livadi lies the hill of Agios Vassilios, where the ruins of an early Christian basilica of the 5th century containing mosaic floor fragments still stand and indicate the important role of Astypalaia in the propagation of Christianity in the southern Aegean.
At the foot of the hill, there is a lovely secluded beach with small pebbles and a line of tamarisk trees that offer abundant natural shade to the swimmers; an idyllic spot for swimming, snorkelling and moments of relaxation under the bright summer sun.