KEA TRAVEL GUIDE
Find out everything about your holidays in Kea on our travel guide! Kea island, which is also known as Tzia, sits in the Aegean sea, south of Attica and belongs to the Cyclades group of Greek islands. Although it is typically a Cycladic island, Kea has a different landscape and different architecture than its Cycladic counterparts. Kea doesn’t have the little whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches of its neighbors, but it is characterized by earthy tones and elegant architecture.
Kea Greece is a verdant island with many cultivations and forests, while it boasts a wonderful landscape. Thanks to its proximity to Athens, Kea has emerged as a great city break destination. Ferries from Athens to Kea depart from Lavrion port in Athens and arrive at the island in about an hour.
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MORE ABOUT KEA GREECE
Kea Greece sits in the Aegean sea and is the closest to Athens inhabited Cycladic island. Kea is just an hour away from the port of Lavrion in Athens. Thanks to its proximity to Athens, Kea (or Tzia as it is also known as) is a very popular destination among the locals, especially for weekend getaways!
Even though it is a Cycladic island, Kea isn’t similar to its Cycladic counterparts. Unlike the rest of the Cyclades islands, Kea is a verdant island with forests and cultivations galore. What’s more, instead of the traditional whitewashed Cycladic houses, it is full of traditional farmhouses and buildings in earthy tones.
In the inland of Kea, you'll find a verdant natural paradise! The island is home to rare plant species and wild animals, such as birds, and reptiles. Thus, Kea is an excellent destination for nature lovers and exploration aficionados.
The capital of Kea 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 from the Venetian era and the Archaeological Museum of Ioulida. Other beautiful villages in Kea are Vourkari, Korissia, and Otzias.
As for Kea beaches, some of them, such as Gialiskari, Koundouros, and Korissia, are organized, while others are secluded and completely unspoiled!
Kea is an oasis of relaxation!
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HOW TO GET TO KEA?
The island is only accessible by ferry. There are ferries to Kea from Lavrion port in Athens but also from other islands of the Aegean sea. The closest airport to Kea is in Athens.
HIGHLIGHTS: BEST THINGS TO DO
Discover the best things to do in Kea! From Kea sightseeing to activities, we give you the best recommendations for the ultimate Kea holidays experience!
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.
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.
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 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.