Kythira Island Travel Guide

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Kythira Island Things to Do

  • Lorentzo & Fyri Ammos(north) beaches

    Located close to the village of Agia Pelagia, on the north part of Kythira and just after the red sanded Fyri Ammos beach.

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  • Avlemonas village

    Avlemonas at the east side is probably the most beautiful village of Kythira.a small, rocky bay with a marvellous view, clean waters sooths the mind and eye.Visit for coffee or food or even stay there

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  • Kaladi beach

    At the south-east part of Kythira Island, close to Avlemonas village lies Kaladi. This pebbled, rather isolated beach offers a spectacular scenery and is worth one visit or more, if there is enough time on the island...

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  • Visiting Chora, Kythira

    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...

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  • Fonissa Waterfall

    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...

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  • Chitra rock island

    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...

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  • Aghia Pelagia

    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...

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  • Walking out of Kapsali!

    The road is steep between the chora and Kapsali (first photo) and it is good to have some rest along the way !However, it is far better when there is some shade (second photo), especially when at noon it is scarce !

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  • Seat of the Blue Sea line

    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!

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  • Kapsali

    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...

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  • Kythira, chapels

    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...

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  • Kythira, the Chora

    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...

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  • Saint John the Theologue

    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.

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  • Agia Ellessa

    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...

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  • Saint Mary's monastery

    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...

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Kythira Island Restaurants

  • Table with view

    Cafe-restaurant-tavern "Mihalis" (name of the owner) is at the main square of the mountain village Mitata since 1932.It serves delicious cooked meals, with meat or sausagesIt also has a unique view from the mountain to the dale

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  • By the little river...

    Under the trees, just next to a little river is a beautiful coffee-bar. It is the right place if you dont want to spend your day at the beach. Crepes, wallnut-pie with ice cream.

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  • Seafood!

    I dont know if this restaurant has a name. We were told to search for Maria in Logothetianika. We asked about this place in the village and I had one of the most delicious kakavia I have ever tasted! Superb kakavia (fish soup) and lobster.

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Kythira Island Nightlife

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    Kapsali at night

    by KaterinaJordan Written Apr 20, 2004

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    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.

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Kythira Island Transportation

  • Sailing to Kythira

    Ferries sail to Agia Pelagia either from Monemvasia (larger ferries) or from Neapolis (shorter route).Another access is by the Githio- Kapsali ferries. These ferries sail further from Kapsali to Andikithira, a smaller island in the south.

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  • Ferries

    Kythira island can be reached by ferry from Neapoli, Gythio, Pireas and Crete. There are 3 ports on the island. Agia Pelagia, Diakofti and Kapsali.The shortest ferry trip is from Neapoli to Agia Pelagia. It lasts about 1 hour and the ticket price is about 5 euros.

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Kythira Island Shopping

  • local & modern

    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...

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  • SEMPREVIVA

    "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...

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  • FATOURADA

    Fatourada is a local alcohol drink (liquer), home made. Its ingredients are tsipouro, cinnamon and cloves.Very tasty. 250ml about 5-6 Euro.

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Kythira Island Warnings and Dangers

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    Madness at the port of Agia Pelagia

    by mardaska Written Sep 11, 2003

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    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.

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Kythira Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Paleochora

    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...

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  • Agioi Akindinoi

    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...

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    by KaterinaJordan Written May 6, 2004

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    Favorite thing: General historical informations about Kythira and Godess Aphrodite.

    http://www.elysiumgates.com/mt_olympus/histkythera.html

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