FIRST PORT OF CALL -- ISLAND OF KEA
Favorite thing: The picturesque ISLAND OF KEA or Tzia lies in the Cyclades close to the south-east coast of Attica and 42 nautical miles from the Piraeus. Its main port, where we docked Sunday and Monday is Korissia. Korissia has a long sandy beach, a chapel, a Church, a supermarket, several restaurants, cafe's, bars and shops. Monday most of us took a taxi up to Otzias, 5 km northwest of Korissia. Otzias is in the north part of Kea and is ideal for walks. Make sure to see the sculpted lions - circa 600 B.C. just on the outskirts of the town, just past the cemetery.
Korissia is also a port of call for the FERRY boats.
- Family Travel
THE ANCIENT LION OF KEA ISLAND
Favorite thing: When we took a taxi up to the village of Otzias, Hans and I, along with Carmen, Stace and Sandra followed a trail past the town and past the cemetery and came upon the ANCIENT LION . It was sculpted in 600 AD of local stone. It is remarkably well preserved for being so old.
- Family Travel
The closest cycladic island to Athens
Favorite thing: Kea is the closest cycladic island to Athens. Kea has a land of 131 sq. km and a coastline of 81 km. It has a population of about 2,000 people. Due to small distance from Athens, only 12 nautical miles from Sounion, Kea or Tzia is a popular destination for Athenians, and a very good choice for a weekend.
Korissa, Kea's main port
Favorite thing: Korisssa is the main port of Kea island. This is a small port but Kea has many ferries connections from the central ports of Athens, Rafina, Lavrio and Pireas ports. Along the harbour there are also many fish tavernas.
Walking through the small roads of Ioulida
Favorite thing: Nice walkings in the small roads of Ioulida. As in many of cycladic islands capitals, motorbikes and cars are forbidden inside the town. Ioulida has very picturesque and guite roads, ideal for walkings.
Internet Access at Korissia
Favorite thing: If you need internet access here, there is a little billiards/internet cafe just off the beach end of the harbour on a side street just up from the supermarket.
Computers weren't perhaps as hi-tech as some but were fast enough to pick up emails etc.
Note tho' that the place shuts for a couple of hours in the afternoon!
- Sailing and Boating
A different cycladic island
Favorite thing: Kea is a mountainous island with small valleys and bays with sandy beaches. It is not a typical Cycladic island It is very very green with plenty of water and many trees.
Vourkari, the small port for sailing boats
Favorite thing: Vourkari is a famous small port for sailors.The village of Vourkari is situated along the port . It is famous also for its restaurants with fresh seafood.
Ioulida, the town of Kea
Favorite thing: The capital of Kea is Ioulida, situated 6 km from Kea's main port Korissa.
It is built on the top of a hill and it has a typical cycladic architecture and a wonderful view.
The Lion of Kea
Favorite thing: The Lion of Kea is an 2400 year old smiling Lion 19 ft long and 10 ft high and carved from local stone. You can reach this by 10 minutes walking from Ioulida.
Our Vt meeting
Fondest memory: They say that good girls go to heaven and that bad girls go everywhere...
So where are Marianna and Aggeliki ??? ;-)