Discover Driopida in Kythnos

The traditional village of Driopida is among the least tourist places in Kythnos island, Cyclades

Driopida village is located in the center of Kythnos island, Cyclades. Its old name is Messaria, while its present name (Driopida) comes from the first inhabitants of the island, the tribe of Dryopes. With only 800 permanent inhabitants and at a distance of 8 km from Chora, the capital of Kythnos island, this village has traditional architecture with red-tiled roofs, white houses and narrow paths. Especially the tiled roofs are a strange characteristic for a village in Cyclades islands, as this architectural type is mostly met in the Greek mainland.

A walk around the village of Driopida in Kythnos will bring you to nice churches, such as the church of Saint Minas with the wooden-carved temple. There are also two museums in Driopida: a Folklore Museum with traditional costumes, old furniture and agricultural tools, and a Byzantine Museum, that is housed in the church of Saint George and exhibits Byzantine icons and rare manuscripts. In close distance to Driopida is also the Cave of Katafiki, an interesting cave with stalactites and stalagmites that is considered among the largest caves in Greece.

Driopida is a purely traditional village and one of the least tourist settlements in Kythnos island. There are limited Kythnos rooms and studios in Driopida, although there are nice taverns and coffee spots in the center of the village. The road from Driopida continues to the southern side of Kythnos, where visitors can find nice, secluded beaches as well as the Church of Panagia Kanala, the protector of the island.