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The 6 best things to do in Kythnos

Cyclades ● Kythnos ● 20 August 2018
 

Kythnos is a typical island of the Cyclades in a close distance to Athens. It is really strange how this island has remained so untouched, although it is so beautiful and is located only 2-3 hours from Athens. Specifically, from Lavrion port, you need only 1,5 hour by boat to reach Kythnos, while from Piraeus Port 3 hours. The ferry tickets are very cheap and the route in the Aegean Sea just amazing. The first thing you notice when you arrive in Kythnos is that it is a dry Cycladic island with white houses and a friendly aura. After that, you realise that the island has many things to offer to you. Just have a look at them!

Chora

The Chora of Kythnos is situated at the top of a cliff and it was built there in order to be hidden from the pirates. It is a lovely village with white washed houses with bougainvilleas hanging from the windows, paved streets, cozy shops to buy local products, jewellery and clothes as well as traditional taverns and bars. It is calm, but the bars stay open until late and the youngsters of the island meet there. Chora is also full of small chapels that are built with the traditional architecture of the island.

Loutra

Loutra is the most touristic settlement of Kythnos. It is a seaside village, where you can eat breakfast, spend the night in one of the modern guesthouses and drink cocktail, listen to music and dance in a lovely bar by the sea. In Loutra, there are also thermal springs, one of the oldest in Greece. These springs are considered to be therapeutic, and one of their greatest assets is their low entrance ticket. Only 20 minutes there, can cure many health issues, such as gynaecological or arthritic problems. Don't miss visiting the small cove of Agia Irini, 1 km away from Loutra, with the gorgeous small chapel at the edge of the cape.


Dryopida

Dryopida is a wonderful small settlement at the top of the cliff, which is definitely worth visiting. It has a different character to Loutra and Chora as it is built with the traditional architecture of Kythnos with many neoclassical houses with roof tiles. Dryopida is the perfect place to eat, have a walk in the cobblestone paths and drink cocktails at the central square.

Church of Panagia Kanala

The church of Panagia Kanala is located in a small coastal village on the southern side of the island. You can go there on your way to the southern exotic beaches of Kythnos. This church is considered to be miraculous. The settlement is also very beautiful, hidden inside a forest of pine trees and with a gorgeous beach on the front.


Merichas Port

The port of Merichas is the busiest and most touristic place of the island. It is a typically Cycladic harbour with white houses but also modern buildings. There are a few hotels there as well as many fishing taverns to eat fresh fish by the sea.

Beaches

Kythnos has more than 80 beaches and some of them are of majestic beauty! Crystal clear waters and golden sand make you feel like having explored a heaven on earth. The star of the island is of course Kolona, a two-side beach with turquoise waters and white sand. Other astonishing beaches are Gaidouromantra, Skylos and Agios Stefanos, but they are unorganised like most beaches on the island. Organised beaches with beautiful beach bars are Martinakia, Episkopi and Apokrousi.



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