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.

Attractions, Beaches & Things to Do in Kythira

Port of Kythira, Diakofti

The wind-protected main port of the island which provides ferry boat routes to the Greek mainland, Antikythra, and Crete.

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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.

↓ S
≈ 1.1km

Kythira National Airport

«Alex. Ari. Onassis»

Named after the son of the Greek aristocrat Aristotle Onassis, it has daily flights to Athens, while it welcomes seasonal international flights.

← W
≈ 8.1km

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.

↓ S
≈ 10km

Abandoned Medieval Town of Palaiochora

The Byzantine capital that after its destruction was considered cursed and has never been re-inhabited.

↖ NW
≈ 11.1km

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.

↖ NW
≈ 14.9km

Agia Pelagia Beach

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

↖ NW
≈ 15km

Agia Pelagia, Kythira

One of the most well-known villages of the island, with plenty of accommodation and entertainment choices that attract many visitors.

↖ NW
≈ 15.3km

Mylopotamos, Kythira

Traditional village with population that do not exceed 50 people & revives during summer when numerous immigrants visit their birthplace.

← W
≈ 17.2km

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.

↖ NW
≈ 19.2km

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.

↓ S
≈ 21.8km

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.

↙ SW
≈ 22km

Kapsali

Less than 2 kilometers away from Chora is located the port of Kythira well-known for its cosmopolitan notion and the lively nightlife.

↙ SW
≈ 22km

Chora of Kythira

The main settlement and the capital of the island that stands for its amazing views and the Venetian castle that dates from 1503.

↙ SW
≈ 22.1km
The port of Kapsali on Kythira island with some boats anchored in it.
photo: C messier / CC BY 3.0

Port of Kapsali (Piso Gialos), Kythira

By the coastal village of Kapsali is located the homonymous port and marina that can host more than 40 tourist and fishing boats.

↙ SW
≈ 22.2km

Castle of Kythira Chora

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

↙ SW
≈ 22.2km
A picture from the inner yard of Mirtidia Monastery on the island of Kythira.
photo: Nsougia2 at English Wikipedia

Mirtidia Monastery of Kythira

«Myrtidiotissa»

The biggest monastery of the island that host the miraculous icon, its most valuable heirloom.

↙ SW
≈ 22.3km

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.

↙ SW
≈ 23.8km

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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