Kalderimi is a very attractively constructed small development, half way between the Chora and Livadi beach. Its an easy short walk to both, so a car is not essential. Its new, very well constructed and very well maintained. The 10+ "houses" are surrounded by attractive planting and corn fields, which helps create a very tranquil and relaxing atmosphere. Most rooms seem to face the sea. The owners are charming, very friendly and helpful. They do not live on-site, so are not always around.
Our Blue House room /house was very spacious, with 2 bathrooms with good modern fittings, a very large bedroom, lounge, and 2 terraces with lovely views of the cornfields, sea and Livadi bay. Our bed was a proper double, of the traditional hard Greek variety, which you get used to. Everything was very clean, with our linen and towels changed daily. We had an initial issue with insufficient hot water, but this was soon resolved.
Breakfast was very enjoyable - the best of our 2011 Greek trip - with a very wide choice, including some lovely yoghurt / fruit and really excellent omelettes ! The breakfast eating area was very pleasant, nicely shaded with attractive sea views.
We paid EUR 100 / night out of season in June 2011, which was very good value given the size and quality of the room, the great setting and the lovely breakfast. As with many small Greek hotels, expect to pay by cash.
Overall, a great place to stay. Strongly recommended. Must be one of the best places in Astypalea.
The main town is quite a bustling and busy little place, with a decent size (c1000) all year community. The Chora is very attractive, especially from a distance, with its old castle and windmills. The harbour and Chora are contiguous, 20mins walk apart, with a further 20mins from Chora to Livadi. I would disagree with the view that Astypalea has an edge of the world feeling (given the airport and size of permanent population), but it is a very peaceful (at least in June) island, and the people were some of the friendliest we've come across on our many trips to Greece.
4-5 reasonable restaurants in Chora and in the harbour, plus 2 more at Livadi, and a scattering of bars / cafes. Good cake seems to be a feature of the island ! We had enjoyable meals at Akrogiali on the town beach, Akti with its steep terraces and harbour views, plus the very friendly Maistrali in the harbour side streets, and very friendly "Cactus" place near the far end of Livadi beach. With grilled fish, we usually paid circa EUR 45 ex wine, EUR 60 in total for 2. Akrogiali was noticeably more expensive - the price of eating on the beach.
We travelled around the island's main roads, but didn't hire a 4WD for the dirt roads and more remote beaches. The main beach at Livadi was by far the best we saw. We saw no great benefit in travelling to Stenos (narrow shingle / sand strip near the road) or Manzanas beaches.
Inexplicably, Astypaleans seem to have missed out on those uber generous EU grants for new solar panels, big new tarmac roads and all weather floodlight tennis courts, which are so noticeable and incongruous elsewhere in Greece - must be a story there !?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Kalderimi, a picturesque place with individual houses,witch represents our love and respect for keeping alive the tradition of Astypalaia. Seeing the view towards the sea and the serenity of the landscape fills your heart with joy.The owners has given a lot of love and care for this special place so the customers will feel like being in their own house.Everything to the last detail is taking care of, and awaits you to live in a dream. ... more less
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