Kythira Mylopotamos Village


Mylopotamos Village Kythira: Mylopotamos is one of the most beautiful medieval villages of Kythira. It is divided into three settlements which are Kato Chora, Limionas and Agia Sophia. Alluringly verdant, set in a wooden valley, this village is an oasis in the summer. It is located 15 km west of Chora, the capital of Kythira.

On its central square, a little church and a nice kafeneion are standing under the shadow of the trees. A waterfall called Neraida (water nymph) adds even more to the lovely image of the square. Kato Chora is the settlement with the oldest traditional architecture characteristics of the English school and the Venetian fortress.

This abandoned Kastro is built on the extension of a rock. It is small and was a refuge for the inhabitants, in case of an attack. In the entrance of the fortress is the well-preserved symbol of Venetian domination, the lion of Saint Markos.

Inside the walls, houses and exceptional Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches have been maintained. Among them is the church of Agios Athanasios, Panagia Mesosporitissa and Agios Ioannis Prodromos.

From Kato Chora, a beautiful stone paved road leads to the astonishing cliffs of Limionas, a rocky bay with fine white sand. Another road leads from the centre of the medieval village to the very interesting sightseeing of the cave of Agia Sophia which entrance has been used as a church and has a beautiful iconostasis carved in the rock with important Byzantine frescoes: it is the beautiful small monastery of Panagia tis Orfanis (the Virgin Mary of the Orphans).

A wonderful ravine begins before Mylopotamos and passes through it ends, forming a small waterfall called Fonissa (murderer) of a particular natural beauty. Mylopotamos offers a few hostels, one restaurant near the waterfall and a lovely kafenion.

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