Subject: Re: Re: Greek Islands mid-May
My husband and I spent four nights on Astipalea about 6 years ago. We were there in May and there was hardly anything open. In fact when we got off the night ferry from Paros at 6:30 a.m. there was nothing open. Fortunately, my husband ran into someone who owned a pension so we found a place to stay fairly easily. There is no public transport on the island so you have to walk everywhere or perhaps rent a boat. We took a long walk (about 12 km) to the next village only to find there was no restaurant open at that time of year. We did manage to find a small grocery store and were able to purchase the makings for lunch. However, if you want a quiet place to stay, away from all the crowds of tourists, Astipalea will certainly suit you. We enjoyed it. We stayed at the Pension Australis, which is to the right along the harbour as you disembark from the ferry. The rooms were simple but adequate and the owner's wife cooked very good meals (not included in the room price). If you have any further questions, please send me an email.

Ann Widdowson Victoria, BC