KYTHNOS - Very Greek with numerous beaches
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Kythnos (or Thermia) is an unspoiled and very Greek Island in every aspect. It mostly attracts Greek tourists, locals are very friendly and life is slow. The island is quiet and offers some nice and empty sandy beaches. Kythnos was an icon painting center in 17th century, led by Skordillis family.
In Dryopida village (picture on the left), unlike the villages in Cyclades Islands, all the houses are two-storey with tiled roof.
Loutra resort in Kythnos has warm sulphurous spa-waters. The tradition says that the water comes undersea from Vesuvious and the springs have been used since ancient times -and still are used- as a cure from rheumatism.
In Kythnos there is an Aeolian Park which is a wind power complex and covers part of the island's electricity requirements.
There are ferry links with Piraeus and with Lavrio Port (East coast of Attica Prefecture). Kythnos is also connected with Serifos, Sifmos Milos and less frequest with other Cyclades Islands, Kea, Syros, Paros, Naxos, Santorini.
Buses connect Merihas port, Loutra, Hora, Kanala and Dryopida.
Cars and motorbikes are available for hire. Taxis also available.
Agios Dimitrios, Long beautiful, sandy beach
Agios Sostis, Nice beach with sand and pebbles
Agios Stefanos, Sand, pebbles and plenty of shade
Apokrousi, Long beach with sand and shade
Episkopi, Lovely small sandy beach
Flabouria, Long beach with sand and pebbles
Kolona, Excellent sandy beach, accessible on foot or caicque
Kanala, Beautiful sandy beach with shallow water
Martinakia, Popular sandy beach
Merihas, The beach at the port, lined with trees. Sand.
Potamia, Pebbles. Well protected from the wind with shade
Shinari, Sandy beach with shade
the island's capital (also known as Messaria) is clustered around the seventeeth century Churches of Agios Savvas which founded by Venetians and Metamorphosis. Hora is an authentic and simple white washed place with a few tavernas and cafes. Agia Triada church is the oldest in Hora and Agios Prodromos is worth for a visit for its 17-century screen.
the old capital of the island, is a hill village built around Katafiki cave and offers fine sea views. Around the village there are several windmills. Dryopida was once known for its potters, but today only one potter remains. Agios Minas church has an excellent 17th century iconstasis and bishop's throne.
is the island's traditional resort with warm surphurous spa-waters, a hydrotherapy centre and plenty of tavernas, rooms to let and a hotel with cure baths. Tradition says that the water comes undersea from Vesuvious and the springs of Kakavos and Agioi Anargyri have been used since ancient times as a cure from rheumatism, even gynaecological problems. Nothing has been changed since, and every summer plenty of people are visiting the place for cure. Close to Loutra was found the oldest known settlement of Cyclades dated back to 7000-6000BC. In Loutra there is a sandy beach and close by is Agia Irini, a beach with pebbles.
the port on the west coast, is situated around the three sides of a small bay with a tree fringed beach. Merihas has a small marina and a few tavernas, rooms to let and a hotel. North of Merihas is the popular sandy beach of Martinakia.
resort is situated around the Monastery dedicated to Panagia (Virgin Mary) Kanala, Kythnos' patron saint. The Monastery houses island's venerated icon of Virgin Mary. Kanala has a nice sandy beach, taverna and rooms to let, while the nearby bays offer good sandy beaches. The main one is ideal for kids, with no cars or traffic around.
Distance from Piraeus Port: 56 Nautical Miles
Area: 100 sq. km.
Medical Center: 22810 31202
Police: 22810 31201
Municipality: 22813 61100