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The Castle of Agios Ioannis

The Castle of Agios Ioannis in the southwest coast of Astypalaia dates back to the Byzantine times. The construction of the castle coincides with the period of time when piracy was flourishing in the Aegean Sea. The construction of fortresses in locations that were far from the sea or up on hills, was a common measure of protection of the population from the raids of pirates and other enemies. The location of the castle of Agios Ioannis can confirm the aforementioned theory. It was built on the highest spot of the island, above the large homonymous beach which is only accessible by boat or on foot by following the mountain route.

Sights

Panagia of the Castle and Agios Georgios

When you climb to the Castle of Guerini you will find two churches. 

The Castle of Agios Ioannis

The Castle of Agios Ioannis in the southwest coast of Astypalaia dates back to the Byzantine times.

Windmills in Chora

In the central square of Chora you will find the traditional eight mills next to the monument to the fallen also located there.

Caves

Three caves are of incomparable beauty in Astypalea.

Churches and Monasteries

The Virgin Portaetissa considered one of the most beautiful churches in the Dodecanese. The exact location is at the entrance of the castle in place Rodia. 

Fortresses in Chora

The Venetian Quirini Fortress with the heraldic shield of the family.