Built on the edge of a cliff 280 metres above sea level, the island’s capital is as pretty as a picture. It consists of two districts, the 15th-century Kastro and the newer Horio, which together form an enchanting whole, with narrow whitewashed streets running between attractive stone mansions, quaint churches, and windmills.
This striking, blue-domed church in Kastro, which dates from 1787, houses some remarkable post-Byzantine religious icons by artists of the Cretan School. It is a great place to come and watch the sunset.
The Episkopi Monastery
This enigmatic and monumental monastic complex, originally a Roman mausoleum, was converted into a Christian church in the 17th century. It is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin and comprises Byzantine chapels, crypts, monastic cells, and the remains of marble statues.
The Monastery of the Lifegiving Spring
Among the island’s most arresting sights is this excellent example of 17th-century fortress architecture, with its towering walls, crypts, and secret passages. Standing on the edge of a cliff, the monastery offers stunning sea views from its ramparts.
The Black Cave
One of the largest and most magnificent sea caves in the Cyclades, this extraordinary natural monument situated below the Monastery of the Lifegiving Spring is only accessible by sea.