Holidays in Kythira

View to Avlemonas, the most picturesque village in Kythira island

Once you discover it, Kythira island steals your heart! Due to its geographical location, in the crossroad between the Aegean and the Ionian Sea, just south of the eastern side of Peloponnese, Kythira is a wonderful Greek island totally off-the-beaten track. It distinguishes for the Venetian architecture, the natural beauty and the secluded beaches. A private or rental means or transport is necessary to see the island because public transport is not sufficient and does not cover all interesting places to see.

Kythira hotels and tourism

Most Kythira hotels are family guesthouses that combine traditional architecture and comfortable facilities. Kapsali and Agia Pelagia are the most tourist developed places in Kythira, where most hotels and beach hotels in Kythira are found. Other places with family studios and apartments are Avlemonas and Diakofti, which is actually the port of the island.

Without being a popular island, tourism in Kythira has grown nicely over the last decades. There are lovely Kythira hotels with modern facilities and traditional style, car and bike rental agencies, fish taverns, cafeterias and lounge bars: all the necessary facilities so that a modern tourist enjoys a comfortable and modern holiday.

Villages and Beaches

Chora is the capital town of Kythira, a lovely Medieval village located on the slopes of a hill and offering wonderful view to the Aegean Sea. Kapsali is the closest beach to Chora and a popular tourist place on the island. Agia Pelagia, Avlemonas and Diakofti are the other main villages and beaches of Kythira, while the countryside of the island is dotted with lovely mountainous villages.

Apart from the few organized beaches, Kythira is mostly famous for the non-organized beaches. There are many stunning places to swim that are accessible by jeep or bike, through a dirt road. Halkos, Lykodimou and Melidoni are the most known secluded beaches of Kythira, while a drive around will bring you to many other fantastic beaches to enjoy private moments.

Sightseeing

A very interesting sightseeing in Kythira is the Venetian Castle of Chora. Constructed on the hill above the town, this Venetian Castle was originally constructed in the 13th century and exists until today. Another Venetian Castle of smaller size is found in the village of Avlemonas. From the Medieval times also date the ghost town of Paleochora, on the northern side of Kythira, which was destroyed by pirates in the 16th century and since then it is abandoned. Today there is a large Pirate Festival in Paleochora Kythira every summer.

The countryside of Kythira is spread with old monasteries and places of natural beauty. A place of extreme beauty is the Waterfalls of Mylopotamos, close to which is the Cave of Agia Sofia. Among the most famous monasteries of Kythira Greece are the Monastery of Agia Elesa and of Agia Moni.

Kythira in a glance

Swim in: Agia Pelagia, Chalkos, Lykodimou and Melidoni
Things to see and do: Walk the streets of Chora up to the Castle; get a cold swim at the Waterfalls of Fonissa; visit the Cave of Agia Sofia; visit the picturesque village of Avlemonas
For a night out: have a lounge drink in Chora, Kapsali and Agia Pelagia

How to get to Kythira

Visitors can go to Kythira by ferry or plane.
By plane: Kythira has a small airport that receives flights from Athens all year round. In summer, it also receives charter flights operated by Sky Express that connect Kythira with other islands of the Ionian Sea, such as Zakynthos and Kefalonia, and also with Crete.
By ferry: In summer, there is a ferry from Piraeus to Kythira once a week. The most usual ferry to Kythira is from Neapolis port in southern Peloponnese. Ferries from Neapolis to Kythira depart 6 times per week and the trip lasts about 2 hours. To go to Neapolis, visitors have to take the bus from Kifissos KTEL Station in Athens (about 4-5 itineraries per day). There is also a ferry line from Gythion to Kythira, Antikythira and Kissamos Crete, connecting Kythira with Crete and the town of Gythion in Peloponnese. This line operates 3 times per week in summer.

Villages and beaches
Arched path in the Medieval village of Chora, Kythira island

Chora is the capital town of Kythira island, Greece. Located on the southern side of Kythira, Chora is constructed on a rocky spot and offers wonderful view over the bay of Kapsali and the Ionian Sea. The highest spot of Chora is crowded by a strong Medieval Castle, originally built in the 13th century by the Venetians who had conquered the island that time. In general, the town of Chora Kythira...


The sea water in Avlemonas Kythira is so crystal that looks like natural pool

Located about 20 km north east of Chora, the capital of the island, Avlemonas is probably the most picturesque village in Kythira, Greece. This small village has traditional architecture with small houses and flowered yards. The village is constructed on a rocky promontory and the surrounding sea has fantastic crystal water. The small bays of Avlemonas with the rocky cliffs and the pure water look...


The lovely village of Kapsali is the most tourist place in Kythira island, located very close to Chora

Kapsali is the most tourist place in Kythira island, Greece. This place is actually made of two bays, one large and another slightly smaller. Both bays are lined up with restaurants, cafeterias, Kythira beach hotels and shops. This is a popular place day and night, attracting many visitors due to the nice organized beach. In fact, Kapsali is among the easiest accessible beaches in Kythira, an island...