Kea Island Travel Guide

  • Sikamia Beach
    Sikamia Beach
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  • Infinity Pool with a View
    Infinity Pool with a View
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    The main House
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Kea Island Highlights

  • Pro
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     Relatively Undeveloped 

  • Con
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     It Rained Once!! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Lying naked on isolated rocks with my girlfriend &2 greek girls 

Kea Island Things to Do

  • Where To Catch The Sunset!

    Between the twin harbours of Korissia and Voukari is a cafe/bar called Kews atop the hillock and is an ideal place to catch the sun setting over the bay's inlet.The cafe comprises a series of stone terraces providing both intimate and communal areas whether just for a beer or a meal from the relatively simple, and perhaps slightly "trendy" menu -...

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  • Of Rain and Hair!

    First port of call from the mainland, sunshine thios morning (hmm..."thios" - getting definitely Greek with my spelling!!) and then torrential rain, almost Devon-like but slightly warmer, tho' a good degree of the horizontal - home from home!!The wind blew, a meal was eaten, a few beers sunk and the captains mutinied - now that IS a Greek thing -...

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  • VISITING IOULIDA

    The island's capital, Hora or Ioulida ( 6 km from Korissia ), has maintained its Cycladic idiom intact. Built in the shape of an amphitheatre, it presents the visitor with an impressive vista of two-storey houses and tiled roofs, steep cobbled alleyways and splendid churches with elaborately carved wooden icon screens. At the highest point of the...

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  • Starting...

    Our meeting point was the marina of Lavrio. Nikolas (MITNIC) was waiting for the rest of us there...Our skipper came and......here we are on the sailing boat "Atlantis". A unique VT weekend meeting was ready to start....

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  • Tzina...

    Tzina (Aggeliki) was jealous, so Chris (the skipper) let her try....She was really good...Born to be a sailor! as Chris said.Meanwhile Nikolas was enjoying the fresh air....

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  • local women

    ....while women were at home, cooking spaghetti with beef in tomato sauce. Some sweeping too and ....some chat by the way....;-)

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  • kafeneio (local coffee shop for the...

    It was Sunday morning when we visited the capital of the island, Ioulida. Men were at kafeneio, drinking coffee or Ouzo, playing cards and talking about politics, while women.....

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  • The end

    After walking for a couple of hours, we ended back at the port...It was time to sail back to Lavrio...No pictures from the way back...I was sea sick..Check the others pages..

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  • Ioulida

    Ioulida (the capital) is a very picturesque little place, ideal for walking, with narrow streets and white houses...We started walking...

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  • Next morning..

    I dont remember what time we went for sleep. Noone does.In the morning we decided to take a taxi to the Hora (the capital of the island). I dont know what happened but everyone started taking pictures..

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  • Wild thing!!

    It was getting late...What can you do on a greek island at night?? Dance, of course!!Andreas and Tzina were the first to start. A couple of drinks helped them to get wild!!

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  • Dessert time!

    Time for dessert...Finally a picture with me....and vassiliki.Btw, the waffle with ice cream I had was awful...

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  • Dinner..

    Simple dinner, a lot of wine, good company and lots of laughing... The guys from the next sailing boat joined us for some drinks.

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  • Relaxing...

    Here we are!! Almost all of us (well, I am taking the pictures), after the swimm having coffee at the beach bar

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  • Beach

    That little and beautiful beach was just a few minutes walk from the port....Clear waters, sand and a beach bar for later.

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  • Approaching...

    It was the time for the real skipper....We found a place for the boat at the little port...and then swimming time!!

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  • Who is the skipper?

    Andreas (AndyRG), helpful as always wanted to take over the boat.....There he is....pretending to be the skipper..

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  • Kiki.....

    Kiki (vassiliki) begun to take pictures....and she never stopped (you see, this was her first VT meeting)....while

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Kea Island Restaurants

  • Defeated By Pastizzio!

    This was the first island we visited on our sailing towards Santorini as part of Euromeet 2007. Having chartered a trio of boats, along with their skippers, and with Janet and Gala as our organisers, local knowledge meant we could just go with the flow, especially when it came to our evening get-togethers. Obviously Akri, as with all the island...

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  • Defeated By A Squid!!

    From where our boats were docked here at Korissia (having been denied entry to the "posh" harbour at Voukari - HA! I knew I shouldn't have come on deck at that precise moment in time!!) Apothiki, with its blue-chaired terrace, was less than an umbrella's unfurling away. No point in unfurling the brollie though as the 20 metre dash through the...

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  • FRAPPE'S OOH LA LA

    A few of us were in the mood for a cold drink, so we stopped at KOPNOOO'S along the harbourfront for some Frappe's ( 3 Euros ). It's basically an ice cold coffee. They were quiet delicious actually. And it was fun to all sit together and chat and watch all the hustle bustle going on with the boats.

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Kea Island Local Customs

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    In older times, in the country side, where women had no idea of how it is entering a "Sephora", they invented a mumber of tricks to impove their feminime charm.
    One of those, was that when they were to go out to a social even or to the church, they holded a skein of a flower. Usually it was basil, carnation, or any other flower with pleasant fragrance.

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Kea Island Off The Beaten Path

  • TOWN OF OTZIAS

    Most of the group at one time or another on Monday, took a taxi up the road, to the town of OTZIAS which is 5 km northwest of Korissia and in the northern part of Kea. And ideal town to walk, you pass some very old buildings, some long ago abandoned and make your way up many steps till you come to the outskirts. There you will perhaps come across a...

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  • Lion Lying in it's Ancient Bed

    One of the most famous sites on Kea is the stone sculpture of the smiling lion, attributed to the archetect of the Acropolis in Athens. This stone lion has been lying in this same spot since before 600+BC! I wonder how many visitor have sat on his stoic side? I wonder why the artist chose this isolated spot to place this lonely lion? Why a lion?...

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  • The Lion of Kea

    There is a large lion with face like a cat carved out of a rock. The statue is located east of Chora and is 6m/20ft long. It was created in 600 b.B. in a time were a few monuments were created. There are a lot of myths related to this Lion.

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Kea Island Sports & Outdoors

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    by Irine_29 Updated Oct 11, 2003

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    When the sea is not hmmm....very horizontial, for some there is a problem. For others there is not! For more tips on the issue, ask Marianna and Vassiliki ;-)

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Kea Island Favorites

  • Internet Access at Korissia

    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!

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  • THE ANCIENT LION OF KEA ISLAND

    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.

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  • FIRST PORT OF CALL -- ISLAND OF KEA

    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...

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