Kea Ioulida

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Ioulida or Chora in Kea: The village of Chora or Ioulida is the capital of the island of Kea. However, far from having numerous infrastructures, this settlement reflects the spirit of the traditional villages and is very picturesque. No cars are seen here, as people must leave them at the entrance of the town.

Locals travel occasionally by donkeys, although the animals are mainly used to carry materials for the constructions that take place on Kea. There is also a bus service departing from Ioulida to several parts of the island.

Heading left from the entrance gate, the Kastro area can be found. This is the most ancient region and counts on antique fortifications, the remains of a Venetian wall, and an acropolis. Further below, one can encounter seats carved in stone, and also the church of Agia Paraskevi, built inside a cave. 

The Archaeological museum also lies in Ioulida. It hosts lots of archaeological items discovered in excavations around the island. The items include artifacts from the Post Neolithic Age, as well as from the Early-, Middle-, and Post-Copper Age, while there is also a vast collection of findings dating between the 7th to the 2nd century BC.

When it comes to entertainment, apart from the bars and taverns, the main square or platia is also highly advisable. That is where the festivals take place. One of the main festivals is that of Panagia, on August 15th, which is observed in the whole of Greece and consists of traditional food, music, and dancing.

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  • kostaskon 18 Jul 2008
    More like a village
    The Chora of Kea does not seem like a capital but more of a village. It has many rough and narrow streets, small grocery shops and a nice ruined Castle. You will find many taverns at the port and many studios. Clubs are few in Ioulida. The people are generally friendly, but most of them are old and do not seem to want tourists very much, they want their peace.

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