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Skala, the island's small but sophisticated main town, is where almost all the hotels and restaurants are located. It's a popular port of call for cruise ships, and in summer the huge liners often loom over the shops and restaurants. There's not much to see in the town, but it is lively and very attractive. Most of the town center is closed to cars and, since strict building codes have
been enforced, even new buildings have traditional architectural detail. The medieval town of Chora and the island's legendary monasteries loom above Skala on a nearby hill. Take a 20-minute hike up to Kastelli, on a hill overlooking Skala, to see the stone remains of the city's 6th- to 4th-century BC town and acropolis.