"Astypalea is the kind of Greek idyll those who know the country well dream of escaping to. It’s safely off the beaten track thanks to its remoteness: ferries run three times a week from Piraeus and take nine hours. The whitewashed cubist villages have a hint of Santorini, the beaches are pristine and rugged – and the hospitality is generous and authentic".
The author, Mary Valiakas, also mentions: The nearby islets of Kounoupes and Koutsomitis also make for a lovely day trip. Be sure to pick up some local saffron to take home. It grows wild on the island and is much more flavourful and aromatic than cultivated varieties. Read the whole article here.