KYTHIRA TRAVEL GUIDE
Find out everything about your holidays in Kythira on our travel guide! Kythira is a beautiful island located on the southern side of Peloponnese. Although Kythira island belongs to the Ionian islands complex, it lies far from the rest of its Ionian neighbors, so it is rather one of the most secluded Greek islands.
The island’s architecture is strongly influenced by the Venetians, who had ruled the island during the Medieval age. On a hill above Chora, there’s a Medieval Castle, a vestige of the Venetian era, which boasts an incredible view of the Aegean Sea. It is the best spot for sunset gazing!
The most touristy places in Kythira Greece are Kapsali, Agia Pelagia, Avlemonas, and Diakofti, while a drive around the island will get you to wonderful Kythira beaches, picturesque monasteries, and even ghost (!) villages, like the abandoned town of Paleochora.
MORE ABOUT KYTHIRA GREECE
Kythira Greece is a beautiful island located in the southern part of Peloponnese. Kythira (or Kythera) stands out for its Medieval architecture, secluded beaches, and wonderful natural setting.
The most touristy places in Kythira are Avlemonas, Agia Pelagia, Chora Kythira, and Kapsali. Nevertheless, if you fancy some more secluded places to explore, a drive around the island will bring you to cliff-top villages, abandoned places, hidden beaches, and monasteries. You’re going to discover many surprises!
One of the most iconic sites in Kythira is the Venetian Castle above Chora Kythira, the island’s capital. This castle boasts a panoramic view of the Aegean Sea and the southern coasts of Peloponnese, so it makes a great spot to watch the sun going down.
Apart from the Medieval Castle, don’t miss to visit the monasteries of Agia Moni, Agia Elesa, and Myrtidiotissa, as well as the church inside the cave of Agia Sofia. They will steal your breath with their beauty! Another experience you need to have during your stay in Kythera is a stroll around the ghost village of Paleochora, followed by a plunge at the beach of Lagada below. You can thank us later!
Honestly, Kythira Greece is an island that never fails to capture the visitors!
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HOW TO GET TO KYTHIRA?
Kythira island has a national airport with daily flights from Athens. You can also reach Kythira by ferry from the port of Neapolis and Gytheio in the Peloponnese, Kissamos in Crete and some years directly from Piraeus, the main port of Athens.
HIGHLIGHTS: BEST THINGS TO DO
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With an intense Venetian style and a strong castle on top, Chora is a lovely village to stroll around in Kythira. This is the capital of the island.
Kapsali is the most tourist place in Kythira. It has a large beach with crystal, shallow water and lined up with hotels and taverns.
On the highest spot of Chora is an imposing Venetian Castle that dates from the 12th century. Its location gives wonderful view to the Aegean Sea.
Most beaches in Kythira are secluded and accessible through a track road. Such a beautiful unorganized beach is Halkos, with amazing waters and total privacy.
The “Neraida” or “Fonissa” waterfall is situated among huge plane trees and the sparkling waters falling from a height of 20 meters form a small green pond ideal for swimming.
The cave of Agia Sofia was named after the small white chapel constructed inside. It is located between the villages of Kapsali and Mylopotamos, in southern Kythira.
Located on the northern side of the island, Paleochora is today an abandoned village. It was totally burnt down by pirates in the Medieval times.
The castle is actually a medieval settlement which was inhabited until the 1950’s. It is also named “Kato Hora ” and is very interesting, as many buildings are preserved in relatively good condition.