Chora is one of the most interesting parts of the island. its architecture is a combination of northern Crete and Classic Aegean.Climbed on the slopes of the hill, with its impressive Venetian castle, Chora seems to require the security this grand stone building provides. Follow the path through the tall campaniles and white houses, along narrow...more
At Mylopotamos village, the mountain prevails. Following the path down to the "Fonissa's" Waterfall, the vegetation grows thicker.Fonissa means, in Greek, woman murderer.The waterfall in combination with the trees and bushes set the natural colours free, floating and playfully changing with the sunlight.Swim in the water if you dare, it is very...more
Taking the "Glass bottom" boat (really the bottom of the boat is from glass) from Kapsali you can visit the Chitra or Avgo rocky island twice a day (15:00 and 18:00 during summer season). There is no life in the island and no beaches.But there is a huge cave where you enter with the boat and then Spiros gives you a mask and guides you to the whole...more
We had left the mainland in a hurry with only sleeping bags and towels. In Aghia Pelagia, at the entrance into the village, we found a wide ditch with gravel more or less covered by wood chips. We unfolded our towels and spread the sleeping bags and here was our one night thousand stars hotel, for free!Note 1: I felt that I should not put this tip...more
The first photo shows what seems to be the seat of the Blue Sea line.The second photo is a close up that says that departures to Cyprus and Haifa are at 5PM. I do not know if the tender suspended in front of the company’s seat is for real use or as an advertisement as the seashore is not that close!more
Kapsali is a harbor and a village 3 km east from the Chora. It stands along a bay divided in two parts by a narrow and rocky peninsula We walked the 3 km from the Chora to Kapsali. The road passes over a steep hill with Kythira’s Venetian castle and winds down to Kapsali.The first photo was taken almost from Kythira’s castle (appearing on the...more
Though Kythira is said to be the birth place of Aphrodite, it has no major ancient’s Greece ruins. Neither has it any churches or palaces of major architectural interest. It has many small beaches but many of them are not easily accessed. Thus, though the islander live mostly on tourism, it has remained out of the mass tourism flow and has kept a...more
The town of Kythira, the « chora » (capital) lies in the south of the island. It is also named Tsirigo. It is actually a very little town with only 267 inhabitants (2001 census) and amazingly, it is not the largest town in the island: both Potamos with 96 inh and Agia Pelagia with 281 inh are larger.Though historically a Ionian island, its...more
This small church is actually a small cave in the hill up from Kapsali. It is believed that in this cave Saint John the Theologe (Agios Ioannis Theologos) began to write the Apocalypse.The church is in the middle of the photo up to the hill.It is not open for the public but it is celebrated on 29th of August, day that someone can visit it.more
This monastery is located in the south-west side of the island.If you stay in the balcony you think that you can fly. The hight is about 600 m and the sunset is amazing from upthere (when the sky is clean, without west winds/clouds).The story of Agia Elessa:She was a young girl who lived around 350AC in Peloponesse. She and her mother were...more
It is a very nice monastery with a very nice bell tower.In the basement (under the big church) there is another small church and this is the place where the icon was first founded by a shepherd.When he founded the icon in a brush of myrtle he brought it to his house deciding to build a church dedicated to her grace.But the icon the next morning was...more
Most of the clubs are in Kapsali area. Do not imagine many of them. There are 3 clubs and 5-6 restaurants.
In this village is the main night life of the island.
In the centre of Kapsali you will find the art-shop “Follow your Art”"A group of local and foreign artists who live permanently on the island, present an impressive exhibition, which consists of various design objects such as paintings, furniture, ceramics, jewelry, lamps, hand painted T-shirts and clothes. To add to that, there is also a unique...more
"SEMPREVIVA" means "Life for ever".The flower looks like dry one but it isn't. You can keep it in your vase or elsewhere without water and it will remain there, keeping this delightfull yellow colour, for ever.The only place that this flower can be found is in the rock island "Chitra" or "Avgo". 4-5 people know how to climb in this rock and gather...more
It is very difficult to find accommodation on the island in August. Since the island hasnt got many options, it is wise to book a hotel or a room 1-2 months before your arrival.
It is also essential to book your return ticket in advance, especially if you are leaving from the port of Agia Pelagia.
Paleochora is the first capital of Kythira. Its name was Agios Dimitrios. It is located in the north-east side of the islandIt was built in the top of the hill of an amazing gorge. If you shut lowdly your echo can be heard 5-6 times.It was built in this place for protection, just not to be seen from the sea (pirates fear).Unfortunatelly pirate...more
The beach you see is the same as in my "Kithira island" page but the photo is from another place.In the top of the hill that surrounds Kapsali there is a very small churg "Agioi Akindinoi" and you can see it from few places in Kapsali.It isn't so easy to guide you the way you can reach this place. From Livadi village (direction to Chora) you drive...more
General historical informations about Kythira and Godess Aphrodite.