Encircling the harbour, the island’s eponymous capital has something for everyone; tranquil small squares with marvelous views, quaint churches in magnificent settings or bustling bars with loud music. Its traditional architecture makes it unique among Greek islands.
A maze of narrow flower-filled cobbled streets climb the hillside between white washed houses with slate or terracotta-tiled roofs and bougainvillea cascading down their walls. The overhanging wooden balconies and the white lace curtains behind painted windows create an intimate atmosphere.
Built on a steep slope, the old town it is largely inaccessible to vehicles. For those staying in the town a car is not a necessity. You may wander for hours in the quiet neighborhoods exploring the 120 Byzantine churches with the carved temples, or the ruins of the 13th century Venetian fortress.