Also known as Tzia, the lovely island of Kea is located to the south of Attica, in a close distance to Athens. Although it is part of the Cyclades, it doesn't really seem like a typical Cycladic island.
You won't find whitewashed cubic houses and blue-domed churches in Kea; Instead, its architecture involves neoclassical houses with an elegant architecture, painted in earthy colors.

To help you plan an amazing trip to Kea, we provide all the relevant information in our travel guide. There, you will find everything you need to know about the island, including the best things to do, the most beautiful beaches to visit, hotels for your stay, restaurants, important landmarks and a collection of beautiful photos.

Kea is located very close to Athens and for this reason it is seen as a popular weekend getaway from the Greek capital. You can get there by ferry from Lavrio Port. If you're staying for a bit longer, you can combine a visit to Kea with island hopping by using one of the ferry crossing to other nearby islands (Kythnos and Syros).


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Kea is located in the Aegean Sea and it is the nearest inhabited Cycladic island to Athens.
It is located just an hour away from the port of Lavrion in Athens. Thanks to its proximity to the capital, Kea Greece (also known as Tzia) is a very popular destination among the locals, especially for weekend getaways and short trips!

Even though it is a Cycladic island, it isn’t similar to its Cycladic counterparts. Unlike the rest of the Cyclades islands, it is more verdant. What’s more, instead of the traditional whitewashed Cycladic houses, it is full of traditional farmhouses and tile-roofed buildings in earthy tones.

In the inland of Kea Island, you'll find a lush natural paradise!
The island houses rare plant species and wild animals, such as birds and reptiles. For this reason, it makes an excellent destination for nature lovers and exploration aficionados.

The capital of the island is Ioulida, a beautiful village which emits a relaxing vibe, thanks to its traditional architecture and car ban!
In Ioulida, you’ll find a Medieval castle, a vestige that dates to the Venetian period and the Archaeological Museum among other places of interest.
Other beautiful villages include Vourkari, Korissia and Otzias.

As for the beaches, some of them are organized, such as Gialiskari, Koundouros and Korissia, while others are secluded and completely unspoiled!

For your accommodation, villas, houses and studios are available for the most part, while apartments and camping facilities are another option.

Kea is an oasis of relaxation!

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The island is only accessible by ferry. There are ferries from Lavrion port in Athens but also from other islands of the Aegean sea.
The closest airport to Kea is in Athens.
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Discover the best things to do in Kea! From sightseeing to activities, we give you the best recommendations for the ultimate holiday experience!

  • Ioulida village
    The main town of Kea is called Ioulida. Constructed on the slopes of a hill, this village has traditional style with Neoclassical elements. In a short walk from Ioulida is the Stone Lion.
  • Ancient Karthea
    The most important of the four city-states of Kea in the antiquity, Ancient Karthea is located in a region difficult to access on the southeastern side of the island, right above the bay of Poles.
  • Stone Lion
    In a walking distance from Ioulida is the stone statue of a lion. This lion is connected with many myths and fairy tales of Kea. It is actually a rock shaped in the form of a lion.
  • Koundouros beach
    Koundouros is the most popular and organized beach in Kea island. It has clean waters and beach taverns. Many luxurious hotels are built around Koundouros over the last years.