Best beaches and villages in Kythira

Located on the southern side of Peloponnese, in the crossroad between the Aegean and the Ionian Sea, Kythira is among the most charming destinations in Greece. For many visitors, Kythira is a love at first sight! With wild landscape, secluded beaches many of which are accessible by dirt roads and Medieval settlements spread all around the island, Kythira is certainly a place off the beaten track.

Among the most picturesque Kythira villages is Avlemonas, a seaside place surrounded by gorgeous water. The Medieval settlement of Chora with the Castle on top of the hill is the capital town of Kythira Ionian, while the two most tourist places are Kapsali and Agia Pelagia. Most Kythira hotels and apartments are found in these four villages. However, there are many small Kythira villages spread around the island, while some of them are abandoned today.

The best organized beaches in Kythira, with sunbeds, restaurants and mini-markets, are Kapsali and Agia Pelagia. The other Kythira beaches are less organized and most of them are accessible through track roads. Kalada, Melidoni, Lykodimou and Chalkos are some of the best Kythira beaches, partly organized and with secluded environment.

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 has a strong Venetian architecture due to the many centuries of Venetian occupation. There are also elegant mansions from the British era, in the early 19th century. These mansions are restored today...
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 like natural pools and people usually dive from these cliffs right into the sea or enjoy snorkeling there. Avlemonas has many Kythira apartments, restaurants and cafeterias. The small port is a popular...
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 famous for its many secluded beaches that can be accessed through dirt roads. The shallow safe waters of Kapsali attract many families with kids. In the evenings, visitors stay in Kapsali for a...
Agia Pelagia with the organized sandy beach is a nice place to stay during your holidays in Kythira island, Greece
Agia Pelagia is a lovely seaside village on the north eastern side of Kythira, at a distance of 26 km from Chora. Until the 1980s, Agia Pelagia was the main port of the island, serving the ferries coming to Kythira from Neapolis Peloponnese. Today the port of Kythira has moved to Diakofti and Agia Pelagia remains a small fishing village with nice beaches in the region and controlled tourist development. There are family Kythira hotels, fish taverns, cafeterias and shops in Agia Pelagia, providing to visitors all conveniences needed for their holidays. The long beach in front of Agia Pegalia is...
The village of Diakofti is actually the port village of Kythira island, Ionian, and has wonderful crystal beaches
Located on the north eastern side of Kythira is the seaside village of Diakofti, which is also the main port of the island. This is where ferries arrive in Kythira. In fact, the port is found at a small islet just few meters from the village of Diakofti and connected with Kythira island via a short road. The beach of Diakofti amazes visitors with the soft sand and the exotic sea colour. The shallow waters of Diakofti beach make it a safe place for kids, while the atmosphere is great for relaxing. There are some nice Kythira beach hotels in Diakofti as well as restaurants, cafeterias and shops,...
Melidoni is a popular beach in Kythira island, organized and relaxing
Located on the south western side, Melidoni is among the best beaches in Kythira island, Greece. The small bay of Melidoni has soft sand and lovely waters, while it gives nice view to the open sea and the small islets in front of the bay. The beach is accessible through a dirt road from the village of Drimonas. Surprisingly there is a canteen on the beach, where parties take place day and night. Part of the beach is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, therefore it is a convenient place to spend long relaxing hours.
One of the most impressive beaches in Kythira, Kaladi is accessible through a track road and some steps down to the shore
Kaladi beach is among the most beautiful and frequented beaches in Kythira island, Ionian. Located on the south eastern side of the island, right next to Paleopolis beach, Kaladi can be accessed through a challenging path as visitors have to drive few meters of dirt road and then climb down about 120 steps until the seashore. Kaladi is a white pebbled beach with blue green waters. As it is not organized, visitors should have their own equipment with them. The beach is divided into three parts and the eastern part is the most protected against the wind. Kaladi is a lovely, secluded place to enjoy...
Although it is accessible through a track road, Chalkos is organized and has fantastic waters
Accessible through a dirt road, like many beautiful beaches in Kythira, Chalkos (or Halkos) beach is a lovely place to swim. The bay is surrounded by wild cliffs and the crystal waters invite for a relaxing swim. Chalkos beach gets quite popular in high season due to the canteen that organizes parties and rents sun lounges and umbrellas on the shore. The coast is pebbled and the atmosphere is fantastic for total relaxation. There is a large space for parking.
View to the ruined Castle of Kato Chora, close to Mylopotamos village in Kythira
Mylopotamos (or Milopotamos) is a small village on the western side of Kythira Greece. This village has a mixture of Medieval and traditional architecture and it is surrounded by beautiful nature. In a close distance from Mylopotamos is the beach of Limionas, while the location of the village offers lovely sunset view. Take a walk around the village of Mylopotamos and see the small houses with the flowered yards, the square and the nice churches. At the end of the village is the abandoned Medieval settlement of Kato Chora. A paved path from Kato Chora leads to the secluded beach of Limionas,...
The bridge of Kantouni close to Livadi was built by the British in the early 19th century and survives until today
Livadi is a central village on the island of Kythira. As it is located on a road junction, it gets busy in summer. Located on the southern side of the island and only 4 km from Chora, the village of Livadi has traditional architecture and some tourist facilities, including family Kythira hotels, restaurants and mini-markets. Livadi actually consists of two settlements: Ano (Upper) and Kato (Bottom) Livadi. At the square of Kato Livadi is the large church of the Assumption of the Virgin, which hosts today a small Byzantine Museum with handmade icons, religious rituals and murals. Close to Livadi...