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Although quarrying has blighted the landscape to some degree, you should not be put off visiting this large and, in many ways, stunning island. With 5,500 inhabitants, it has a lovely Hora called Plaka, many things to see and exceptional beaches that compare favourably with those of Mykonos.
The famous catacombs are located in the vicinity of Klima, while the celebrated statue of Venus, pinched by the French and now adorning the Louvre, was discovered near the remains of the some 2,000 tombs. There is an exact copy in the island’s Archaeological Museum. On the road to the Venetian castle, on Profitis Ilias hill, there is a ruined ancient theatre.
The best beaches on the island are at Agios Giannis and the coves just to the north of it, but they are hard to reach. More interesting are Kleftiko with its surrealistically shaped rocks, a watery “Meteora”, and the grotto of Papafranga near Fylakopi.
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