Kythira

Island in Attica

Without many visitors, this rugged-rock island is optimal for hiking and beach time. No wonder the Goddess of beauty, Aphrodite, was born here.

Kythira Attractions

A picture depicting the castle of Kythira Chora on top of the white-housed town.
hidden gem
distant ≈ 22.2km

Chora Kythera Castle

Well-preserved Venetian fortification that was built initially in the 13th century and was restructured in the 16th century with astonishing views.

Abandoned Medieval Town of Palaiochora

In 1537 an Ottoman Admiral razed this Byzantine town and massacred its citizens. It's built precariously over vertiginous drops. Totally worth visiting.

Port of Agia Pelagia, Kythira

The old port of the island that serves as a selter during the bad weather and hosts numerous smaller fishing boats.

Kythira Things to Do

A picture from the inner yard of Mirtidia Monastery on the island of Kythira.
photo: Nsougia2 at English Wikipedia
hidden gem
distant ≈ 22.3km

Mirtidia Monastery

The largest monastery of the island hosts a hagiography icon of "Mary of the Myrtles" believed to be miraculous - its most valuable heirloom.

Kythira Beaches

Water pedalboats lying on the beach and some people enjoy the weather on Kapsali Beach on Kythira island.
distant ≈ 21.9km

Kapsali Beach

Organized beach located in a wind-protected bay of the homonymous settlement that combines small pebbles on the one and sand on the other edge.

A panoramic picture showing one part of the Kaladi Beach of Kythira island.
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Kaladi Beach

Probably the most picturesque not organized small pebble & sandy beach on Kythira, which is divided by a huge rock with a gallery in between.

An overview of the local bay and the Melidoni Beach on the island of Kythira.
distant ≈ 23.8km

Melidoni Beach

Among the most popular of Kythira, a sandy beach located in a wind-protected rocky bay, famous for the parties organized by the local beach bar.

A photo showing people sun beds and umbrellas at the Chalkos Beach of Kythira island.
distant ≈ 21.8km

Chalkos Beach

A vivid small-pebble beach among the busiest of the island that is organized and offers basic amenities through a small beach bar.

Fourni Beach

A picturesque windless bay at the north hosts a small organized beach with small pebbles and a beach bar that offers all the basic amenities.

Diakofti Beach

A white fine-sand shallow water beach that is ideal for families. While next to this blue-green water beach is located the official island port.

Agia Pelagia Beach

The sandy beach of the homonymous settlement it includes numerous beach bars, it has shallow waters, and offers water sport options.

Kythira Settlements

A picture of the white houses of the Chora of Kythira taken from the castle.
distant ≈ 22.1km

Chora of Kythira

The main settlement of the island has typical Greek-style architecture, and offers outstanding views and a relaxed atmosphere.

An overview of the Kapsali village the official Port of Kythira.
distant ≈ 22km

Kapsali, Kythira

Less than 2 kilometers away from Chora is the port of Kythira. Nightlife here is lively and tavernas offer exceptional food.

Mylopotamos, Kythira

This traditional village with about 50 inhabitants is revived during summer when the younger generation returns to visit their elderly.

Agia Pelagia, Kythira

With a well-organized grey sand beach, plenty of accommodation, and entertainment choices this village is an ideal destination.

Questions & Answers about Kythira

Why Visit Kythira?
  • It can be reached by plane from Athens or by boat from Piraeus or Peloponnese.
  • Merging elements from the coexistence of the Venetian and Greek culture.
  • The local economy is based on agriculture and lastly on tourism.
Is Kythera the birthplace of Aphrodite?

According to Hesiod's Theogony, Aphrodite was born in the wave foams of the Kythera, when Uranus genitals fell into the sea (his son Cronus has cut off them and throw them into the sea). The waves swept away, and according to the legend, the goddess reached the island. Kythera hosted the first sanctuary of Ourania (Heavenly) Afrodite who then went to Paphos of Cyprus into a shell.

How many churches and religious monuments are there on Kythera?

The Byzantine era on Kythera is related to a strong religious activity, which established more than 300 worship places. There is even a local legend according to which there were 365 churches, one for each day of the year.

When Kythera was united with Greece?

Similarly to the other Ionian Islands (Heptanese) Kythera united with Greece on the 21st of May 1864. The British, who have occupied the Ionian Islands since 1809, "gifted" them to the new Greek King, George I.

Does Kythera have many migrants?

A large part of the modern history of the island deals with the great migration that began in the 18th century and intensified in the 19th century. It was mainly bound to Smyrna in Asia Minor (coast of Turkey), and after the Asia Minor Catastrophe, migrants turned towards major Greek cities and Egypt. The early 20th century marked the second wave of immigration from Kythera with main destinations the US, Australia, and Latin America.

How Kythera became well-known through arts?

The symbolism of Kythera, as a distant and imaginary place, inspired the painter of the 18th century, Jean-Antoine Watteau's painting "The Embarkation for Cythera". While the internationally acclaimed Greek director Theo Angelopoulos in the film "Voyage to Cythera", which is the parallelism of Kythera and Ithaca.

How someone can reach Kythera?

Access to Cythera is easy since it is connected by boat with Piraeus, Kastelli on Crete, as well as Githeio and Neapolis which are located at the nearest coasts in Peloponnese. The island has also an airport connection, with flights from and to the airport of Athens during the whole year.

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