Kaminakia: One of the island’s most beautiful beaches, with plenty of sand and natural shade provided by tamarisk trees. Its crystal-clear blue-green waters are relatively deep and protected from the winds. The beach has umbrellas, sunbeds, and a restaurant serving local cuisine. Access is via a dirt road that requires careful driving at some points. Alternatively, you can get here by boat from Pera Yialos.
Vatses: With a unique view of the Castle and Astypalea Town, this long pebble beach with blue waters that are both deep and cold has tamarisk trees providing natural shade, a few umbrellas, and some sunbeds. For anyone who loves exploring – and a demanding hike – there is a path up to Negrou Cave.
Livadi: The island’s most popular and cosmopolitan beach has every amenity, with umbrellas, sun loungers and water sports equipment. There are many traditional tavernas and cafés nearby for food and entertainment. It is worth staying here until evening to watch the sunset cast magical colours over the surrounding islands and, as night falls, to see the lights of Astypalea Town reflected in the sea.
Tzanakia: Four pebble beaches form one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline on the island. The lack of amenities, the relatively deep blue-green waters and the rocky setting attract both nature lovers and nudists, while the views of the Castle from here are excellent.
Steno: The narrow strip of land linking the two halves of Astypalaia is also the location of one of the most impressive beaches in the Aegean, with shallow turquoise waters ideal for young children. Its reputation is further enhanced by its amenities, which include sunbeds and a canteen, as well as by the natural shade of the tamarisk trees and the easy access provided by public transport. It is well worth visiting if you choose one of Astypalea’s ferry timetable.