Kea island is one of the smallest in the Cyclades and had remained unexplored until relatively recently. Its features make it ideal for travelers who want to escape from the big crowds gathered on more famous islands, but at the same time, they do not want to be in complete solitude and quietness. In fact, Kea is a lively island that still keeps its roots and traditional style.
Although it has many positive things to offer in tourist terms, the locals still earn their living from agriculture, fishing, and cattle farming. Kea's rich history left outstanding historical monuments. Most objects related to the main periods, such as the Bronze Age, the Archaic, and the Roman Era can be found at the island's Archaeological Museum.
Another aspect that usually impresses visitors is the architecture, like in the case of the monastery of Panagia Kastriani or the church of Agia Marina and its high tower. Kea also boasts some ancient towns, like Karthea. This historical site hosts the temples of Athena, Apollo, and Asklepios. Those can be reached following the trekking trails on Kea.
Apart from historical interest, Kea also has many tourist places. The ports of Vourkari and Livadi and the villages of Korissia and Ioulida concentrate most of the bars and taverns distributed along Kea. Korissia is world-famous because this is where the shipwreck of Britannic took place in 1916. In addition, its great restaurants offer local specialties, including but not limited to loza, (smoked pork), mushroom pie, and paspalas - consisting of pork, tomato, and eggs.