Chora is the Queen of the island and lies on top of the rock in order to oversee the boundless blue and the several islets that spread around Astypalaia. It is located between the old port of Pera Yalos and the rough downhill slope which leads to Livadi. Pera Yalos seems to be united with Chora, as the latter has been residentially expanded and the white houses are spread from the old port and the mills to the central square of the town. Whitewashed buildings – traditional houses of the Cycladic type – spread around the Venetian castle which dominates the top of the hill. Only the pale blue dome of the Church of Euaggelistria (Annunciation) raises its stature to the high castle houses which stand side by side and their walls form the surrounding wall of the castle!
Upon your arrival in Chora the huge traditional stone mills (an important part of the cultural heritage of the island) standing a bit farther from the central square, and the war memorial will welcome you. In the main square and the surrounding alleys you will find plenty of different options for dining and relaxation, but also for your night ventures! You should unquestionably taste some of the local cuisine and traditional desserts.
The castle was renovated by the Querini family in the 15th century. The view from up there is exceptional and will reward all those who will stay up there until the sunrise. Numerous companies are climbing up on the castle after their night adventures on the island, enjoying chitchatting until the early morning. It is definitely worth visiting the castle during your stay on the island. Follow the road from the central square of Chora and walk the little alleys which lead to the large paved area outside the wooden gate of the castle.