(the capital) is the only town of the island. The spectacular
horseshoe port with ranked rows of restored grey and white Italianate
mansions -built in the late 18th century by Venetian and Genoese
architects-, is a breathtaking experience. The front is almost
one long outdoor cafe and chic boutiques line the quayside. Day
trippers, cruise passengers, multilingual salesman of jewellery
and paintings add to the parade.
Panagia tis Theotokou is a beautiful church -next to the
port- with a marble iconostasis. Bariami Cave is
a place to swim near to town. The square of Kalo Pigadi
is the place where two wells have long supplied the town with
water. The Tsombadou villa on the harbour (now a maritime
academy) and the Tombazis family old resident (now a school
of fine arts) are worth a visit.