Pera Gyalos, that once used to be the main port of the island, is located at the foot of the hill, on top of which stands the Venetian Castle overlooking the main village of the island (Chora) that spreads out amphitheatrically on the hill’s slope.
The area of Pera Gyalos boasts a lovely pebbly beach, fringed by tamarisk trees, that is well protected by the wind. Gift shops, traditional restaurants, coffee and pastry shops line the beach and can be visited throughout the day.
The archaeological museum, located right in the heart of Pera Gyalos, houses a small collection of artifacts narrating the island’s history through the centuries. Nearby, lies the blue domed Church of St.Nicholas with its lovely courtyard.
Since 2005, when the new port of Agios Andreas was established, Pera Gyalos plays host to sailing boats, yachts and fishing boats in its marina area, as well as to the local ferry connecting Astypalaia to Kalymnos. Excursion boats leave the Pera Gyalos’ pier daily throughout the summer holiday season to take visitors across the bay to the nearby islets.
Many of the public services, such as the port authority, the police station and the only bank in the island, are concentrated in the area.
However, the priceless gem of Pera Gyalos is the magical moment of the sunrise! When the sun’s first rays look like liquid gold spilling over the sea, the houses, the castle and the returning fishing boats!
Moreover, the white washed walk paths, starting from Pera Gyalos, offer a nice stroll through Chora, leading eventually to its central square, where the windmills stand.
The distance from Pera Gyalos to key attractions and points of interest
- Chora: 500m.
- Livadi: 1,5 km.
- Analipsi/Maltezana: 9 km.
- Airport: 9 km.
- Agios Andreas Port: 7 km.
- Medical centre: 1 km.
During the summer period, there is daily bus service between Livadi – Chora – Pera Gyalos – Analipsi/Maltezana villages. There are also a number of car & motorbike rental companies, as well as available bicycles and small motor boats to hire, for those that prefer to plan their independent island exploration