The house has one large room. In the entrance area, there is a small, charmingly equipped kitchen with refrigerator und washing machine. Across the kitchen, there is a small bathroom with shower. One stair lower, you will find a living room with a comfortable Biedermeier table. Over a staircase you can reach the attic bedroom. You can have breakfast on the large balcony with fantastic sea view. The house is located in a quarter of Chora, where there are no bars. It is located half way between the central square of Astypalea, where you can enjoy restaurants and bars, and the picturesque, Venetian Kastro, which dominates the entire place.
Dr. Irina Ploch-Harabacz
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Distinctive and unforgettable
It was our first trip to Astypalea, an island we'd been looking forward to visit one day for years! We loved it, and our choice to stay in this house in the chora made it perfect. It is in a quiet location, on a main path to the church and the Kastro, but even in August not too many tourists went by. (We felt especially privileged to be staying here while they probably were staying at some hotel without personality, but closer to the beaches).
A few bars and restaurants are close by anyway, a 5 min. walk or so. Most of the Chora tavernas are good, I wouldn't really recommend one over the other, trust your own guidebooks. As for bars, there are two nice ones in the upper part of the chora, but I especially liked the kafeneio Karai, where we were also lucky to be able to watch a trio playing an excellent set one night (keep your eyes open for flyers and mini posters around the chora if you want to find good music).
The house is cozy: not huge but comfortable, beautifully appointed, clean, all we needed was there. It is ideal for 2 people, but it suited us perfectly with 2 young kids too. The view is right on to the sea and it's unforgettable: the balcony overlooks a long bay so you have the stretch of water in front of you, and the land beyond it.
The owner was not in Astypalea when we visited, but for keys etc. we met a friend of hers who was extremely friendly and helpful (she has a shop in the chora - don't miss it if you like quality souvenirs rather than the usual touristy stuff).
We have stayed in dozens of places in many trips to the Cyclades and the Dodecanese and we have no doubt this place is among our 2 or 3 favourites. We would definitely like to stay here again and would not hesitate in recommending it to friends. Avoid it only if you tend to like hotels more than private homes!
More island tips: 1) Maltezana has nice spots for bathing, and they are not too crowded; we liked Astakoukos and Almyra for food there. 2) If you tour the island by bus, like we did, you will probably find there are 2 buses taking turns on the same lines; the experience is definitely different on the 2 buses, try all you can to take at least one trip on Panagiotis' white bus, with 60s music and a huge pot of basil dangling from the rearview mirror as an air freshener.
Thank you very much for the nice commentary. It seems that you really discovered the island. The next time you go there you have to try in Maltezana the cafenion Maltesos, which is a good place to meet the locals. On place in Astypalea to swim is the beach of Magazi, which is just 5 minutes walk from the house, straight down. You can see it from the balcony, but it is a little bit difficult to go down with children.
A nice place to eat is Elias restaurant in the middle of the platia.
So till next time ...
Griechische Insel zum Glueck noch ohne Massentourismus, hoffentlich noch lange
Aussi jolie maison que l île est paradisiaque ....
Notre séjour Astypalea nous a ravi et notre location y est pour beaucoup...nous avons apprecie le confort et la décoration de la maison...sans parler de la vue exceptionnelle !! Nous parlons déjà d y retourner ..
on aimerait d'avoir toujours des locataires si gentils que vous. J#espère que vous reviendriez
We have spent very nice holidays in Irina's house. We took our breakfast on the balcony - this is how a day should start. The house is tastefully furnishid with modern and antique objects and painted in light blue, greige and mauve colours. It has been newly renovated and is in a very good standard. From your bed you have a view to the sea.
Situated near the center (Platia, 5 minutes walk) the house is located in a very quiet area with no bars and coffee-shops. To the nearest beach it is 5 minute walk. We would recomand the house very much - it is a marvellous place to spent your holidays.
Thank you for the nice rating. I hope it will be helpful to other guests. I hope I will see you again in my house.
A beautiful house
A beautiful house in a beautiful location and with a great view. Astypalea is an interesting island to explore.
The sleeping area has steep stairs and a low ceiling.
The house is located in a very silent quarter of Hora (no discos), with a fantastic view upon the village and the bay of Livadi. From the balcony, you can contemplate the sea. In just 7 minutes on foot, you can reach the small beach Magasi, which is located at the foot of a hill. There are 15 minutes on foot to the public beaches in Livadi. The Tsanaki beach, which is very popular among tourists, is only 20 minutes away. From the house, there are only 5 minutes to the Platia (the central square, where you can find coffee bars and restaurants). There you will find everything you need for your daily life (supermarkets, fruit stores, post office, Internet-cafe).