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The main town, with the same name as the island situated on the southeast coast, is a hive of activity during the summer season. With its red roofed, white painted house and narrow lanes where you can wander and relax from the night’s hustle and bustle. The island has many several bays and inlets, where it is possible to find one to your choosing. The one good road in the island runs both north towards the airport, and south to Koukounaries. Other smaller none asphalted roads criss-cross the island. There is a wide choice of tavernas and cafes in the town.


The beach at Koukounaries is perhaps the most well known, and therefore can be busy, as are many of the beaches on the southwest side of the island. On the northwest you can find less crowded beaches, but in the summer the “meltemi winds” blow over the area. Some of the beaches are only accessible by boats which make regular trips around the island.

Places of interest


The Kastro sits upon the headland projecting out into the sea. This once fortified stronghold was once the capital of the island, with about 300 hoses and several churches in was in use from 1540 to 1829. The Kastro is accessible by boat and then an easy clamber to the top, where you will be reward with fantastic views.

Moni Evangelistrias

This charming 18 th century monastery, built above a gorge, 450m above sea level, it is well known for the wine (which you can taste and buy in the museum shop). The monastery was a safe haven for freedom fighters during the War of Independence.


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