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Books that will transport you to beautiful Greek sceneries, foster your love for travel, your sense of exploration and curiosity and will introduce you to the Greek literature, the Greek traditions and culture. Make a nice cup of coffee or tea, pick your favourite cookies, grab your favourite book, find a cosy spot in the house and let the journey begin!

Books to inspire Greek Wanderlust

Books that will transport you to beautiful Greek sceneries, foster your love for travel, your sense of exploration and curiosity and will introduce you to the Greek literature, the Greek traditions and culture. Make a nice cup of coffee or tea, pick your favourite cookies, grab your favourite book, find a cosy spot in the house and let the journey begin!

Being coffee lovers and recycling enthusiasts ourselves, we love premium coffee as well as mindful travelling. So, delivering premium coffee, cup after cup, comes with accountability. To our guests and also to the world we live in and operate. We are committed to doing business responsibly, looking for ways to make a difference wherever we can.

Coffee recycling at Kallichoron - Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel

Changing the planet one cup at the time! Being coffee lovers and recycling enthusiasts ourselves, we love premium coffee as well as mindful travelling. So, delivering premium coffee, cup after cup, comes with accountability. To our guests and also to the world we live in and operate. We are committed to doing business responsibly, looking for ways to make a difference wherever we can. Collecting used coffee grounds for reuse and recycling coffee capsules has some great benefits. Not only…

So you’ve booked your long-waited trip to Astypalea! So, why not take the opportunity to learn some basic phrases while travelling to Greece? Greeks are friendly and social people, and will love it if you give it a try to speak basic Greek — even if they poke fun at you for trying. Smile wider - this will completely compensate for any mistakes you may make. We assure you that attempting the most basic of phrases with locals will make the trip more memorable.

Basic Greek for travelling - Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel

...and it won’t be all Greek to you! So you’ve booked your long-waited trip to Astypalea! On the to-do list: Dust off your camera to capture the inspiring ancient ruins and dazzling sunrise views, find the perfect island outfits for stylish Instagram snaps – at Kallichoron you will find the best Instagram spot on Astypalea anyway- and prepare yourself to come back a few pounds heavier from all the pougia (local cheese pies), Greek salad with local cheese doused in olive oil, delicious Greek…

Μακρινή, σαν του παραμυθιού βασιλοπούλα, στην καρδιά του Αιγαίου, βρίσκεται η Αστυπάλαια ανάμεσα σε Αμοργό, Σαντορίνη και Ανάφη, νοτιοδυτικά της Κω. Οι κάτοικοί της τη λένε Αστροπαλιά και Αστυπαλιά - οι ξένοι την έλεγαν Stampaglia. Είναι το δυτικότερο νησί της Δωδεκανήσου, με έκταση 99 τ.χλμ., 18 χιλιόμετρα μάκρος και 13 πλάτος, σε σχήμα πεταλούδας. Μια πεταλούδα μέσα στο πέλαγος του Αιγαίου.

Το ταξίδι της Πεταλούδας μέσα στους αιώνες - Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel

Μακρινή, σαν του παραμυθιού βασιλοπούλα, στην καρδιά του Αιγαίου, βρίσκεται η Αστυπάλαια ανάμεσα σε Αμοργό, Σαντορίνη και Ανάφη, νοτιοδυτικά της Κω. Οι κάτοικοί της τη λένε Αστροπαλιά και Αστυπαλιά - οι ξένοι την έλεγαν Stampaglia. Είναι το δυτικότερο νησί της Δωδεκανήσου, με έκταση 99 τ.χλμ., 18 χιλιόμετρα μάκρος και 13 πλάτος, σε σχήμα πεταλούδας. Μια πεταλούδα μέσα στο πέλαγος του Αιγαίου. Η Αστυπάλαια πρωτοκατοικήθηκε από τους Κάρες, που την ονόμαζαν Πύρρα, για το κοκκινόχρωμό της χώμα…

Through the eyes of Eva Divari | The island’s beaches, the magical sunrise and the romantic sunset. Its people, delicacies, traditions and its indulging beauty, the crystal clear seawater and the endless blue of the Aegean Sea.

Through the eyes of Eva Divari - Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel

I knew of Maria from the Shipping community and the WISTA (Women in Shipping and Trading Association) meetings. I truly noticed her though, an evening when I heard her talk passionately about her favorite island, Astypalea. The island’s beaches, the magical sunrise and the romantic sunset. Its people, delicacies, traditions and its indulging beauty, the crystal clear seawater and the endless blue of the Aegean Sea. Her eyes were shining whilst she spoke of her vision for her birth place. And…

A story to remember | One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are. Let life surprise you and trust the journey.

A story to remember - Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel

As an artist best known for colourful paintings of foreign landscapes, part of my work schedule is travelling somewhere new every year to sketch and take photographs for source material. In the 1980s and 1990s, my wife and I went to many different Greek islands. We decided to visit Astypalea in 1994 despite the long and fairly arduous journey from Scotland. By the time the final ferry reached Astypalea, there were only three couples from the UK left on board, and we are still in touch with…

Astypalea through the eyes of our guests | A Norwegian proverb says that only one who wanders discovers new paths. The destination is not a place, but the perspective and new way of seeing things. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.  Exquisite beaches, crystal clear waters, warm and friendly people, authentic local tastes of the Butterfly of the Aegean Sea.

Astypalea through the eyes of our guests - Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel

A Norwegian proverb says that only one who wanders discovers new paths. The destination is not a place, but the perspective and new way of seeing things. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera. Exquisite beaches, crystal clear waters, warm and friendly people, authentic local tastes of the Butterfly of the Aegean Sea. Exploring Astypalea Island through the eyes of our guest, Natalia Teteri. Summer 2017.

5+1 Reasons to Visit Astypalea

5+1 Reasons to Visit Astypalea - Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel

1. One of the most picturesque Chora’s in the Aegean The Venetian Castle built by Giovanni Querini in 1413 and the traditional windmills standing stoically in a row, make a gorgeous backdrop to your Astypalean holiday pictures, and memory. Astypalea’s Chora confidently holds a top spot in the Greek islands Chora ranking (if there was such a thing), as not only is a sight to behold but has many sites to discover, such as the ancient infant cemetery at Kylindra area, the Church of Lady…

We care: 5 Tips to Travelling Green | 5 small changes you can make to help the environment whilst travelling

We care: 5 Tips to Travelling Green - Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel

5 small changes you can make to help the environment whilst travelling What does it mean to travel green? How can you reduce the environmental impact of your holiday? Travelling takes up a lot of resources and frequently has a significant impact on local communities and natural habitats. Travelling green is all about challenging our habits and being conscious of the impact our choices have on the environment. The tips below are not particularly different to small changes we can make in our…