GUIDE TO KYTHNOS
Located in the western Cyclades, Kythnos is an amazing destination, with a wild natural landscape, exotic beaches and traditional villages. Thanks to its proximity to Athens, it has become a popular destination for short trips and weekend getaways, especially for visitors who enjoy locations with an authentic atmosphere.
Our travel guide provides all the essential information for your trip to this beautiful island. Before you get there, it is good to know about the best hotels and restaurants, landmarks you can't miss, most stunning beaches and things to do. In addition, our photo collection will give you an idea of what the island looks like.
For traveling to Kythnos, all you need to do is to take a ferry from Athens (Piraeus port or Lavrion port) where the closest airport is located.
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MORE ABOUT KYTHNOS GREECE
Lying on the western part of the Cyclades, in the heart of the Aegean sea, Kythnos Greece is unarguably one of the most beautiful islands close to Athens.
Its short distance from the Greek capital is the reason why it is seen as of the most popular city-break destinations.
Kythnos island has some quaint villages, including Chora (the island’s capital), Driopida and Loutra.
The villages stand out for their elegant architecture, strollable alleys, and laid-back atmosphere.
Wandering around the picturesque villages, you’ll come across corners embellished with flowers, whitewashed houses, traditional taverns, windmills, and fountains. The scenery is magical!
Loutra, one of the most popular villages, is known for its thermal springs. Rich in iron and sulfur, the thermal springs have many healing properties, thus they are perfect for a free spa treatment!
What’s more, in Loutra and Merihas you’ll find a selection of accommodation and tourist facilities.
The coastline of the island is dotted with many beaches that stand out for their natural beauty! From shingle to sand and from organized to unspoiled, all beaches have a relaxing ambiance and are ideal for swimming.
The most impressive one is certainly Kolona, which is a long strip of sand, forming two sandy beaches on both sides.
As for the things to do, swimming and hiking are the most popular activities, thanks to the island’s wonderful natural landscape.
Kythnos is the perfect destination to chill out and relax, without being too far from the Greek capital!
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HOTELS & ACCOMMODATIONS
Boasting a tranquil atmosphere and a traditional style of architecture, the hotels of Kythnos are designed to offer a relaxing experience of accommodation.
Most of them have been built at peaceful spots in Chora, Loutra or the port of Merichas and they provide an amazing view of the sea or the Cycladic countryside.
You will find apartments, traditional houses, suites, studios and many other facilities!
HOW TO GET THERE & MOVE AROUND?
The island is only accessible by ferry. There are ferries to Kythnos from Piraeus and Lavrion ports in Athens but also from other islands of the Aegean sea. The closest airport is in Athens.
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HIGHLIGHTS: BEST OF KYTHNOS
Discover the best of Kythnos! From sightseeing to activities, we give you the best recommendations for the ultimate holiday experience!
The beach of Kolona is the most famous in Kythnos, with exotic waters, sandy shore and secluded atmosphere. It can be accessed though a track road or by boat.
Chora is the capital of Kythnos island. Constructed on the slopes of a hill, this village has purely Cycladic architecture and few tourist facilities.
Driopida is a traditional village in Kythnos, constructed on the slopes of a hill. As it is not open to tourism, Driopida keeps its authentic style and Cycladic architecture.
Believed to be one of the biggest caves in Greece, Katafiki Cave was first encountered in the 1830s. It has unique and interesting stalagmites and rock formations. Till 1939, it was used as an iron mine. It is located in a walking distance from Driopida.
Located on the northern side of the island, Loutra is famous for the thermal springs that cure many diseases and health problems. This seaside village has a small beach in front.