Best beaches and villages in Kythnos

Kythnos is an island with traditional Cycladic architecture. All villages in Kythnos Greece have white houses and narrow paths that can be crossed only by foot. Chora is the capital town of the island, while Driopida also distinguishes for its authentic lifestyle. Merihas and Loutra are the two most tourist Kythnos villages, with many fish taverns, shops and Kythnos hotels.

Kolona is among the most impressive beaches in Kythnos and in all Cyclades islands. Although it is not organized, it attracts many visitors due to its special natural beauty. The beach of Loutra distinguish for its thermal springs with the healing powers, while very nice Kythnos beaches are Episkopi, Apokrousi, Agia Irini and Kanala.

Here are the most famous villages and beaches of Kythnos. Each location is presented with detailed text, map and occasionally photos and close sightseeing.

Chora, the capital of Kythnos island, has nice Cycladic architecture and lovely atmosphere
Chora of Kythnos is the capital town of the island. As almost all capital towns in the Cyclades islands, Chora of Kythnos is constructed on the highest spot of the island. Until the 16th century AD, the capital of Kythnos was located close to Loutra, on the northern side of the island, and was surrounded by castle walls. However, when that town was destroyed by pirates, the inhabitants moved to a more protected spot in the centre of Kythnos island and constructed the present capital. Chora village is a wonderful place of Cycladic architecture. It is spread with white houses, flowered yards and...
Loutra in Kythnos island is famous for its thermal springs with the therapeutic powers
Loutra is a seaside tourist settlement located on the northern side of Kythnos island, Cyclades. At a distance of 5 km from Chora, the capital of Kythnos, and Merihas, the main port of the island, Loutra is a lovely village with many Kythnos studios and beach hotels. The main beach of Loutra is small and sandy, lined up with few sun umbrellas and fish taverns. Many Kythnos hotels and studios are located only few steps from the beach, while the inner street has mini markets and shops. In close distance from Loutra village, Kythnos island, are other nice beaches, such as the bays of Saint Irene...
Private boats in the port of Merihas, Kythnos island
Merihas (or Merichas) is the main port of Kythnos island, where ferries from Athens and other islands of Cyclades arrive. Since Merihas became the port of the island, it also developed a lot in tourism. Most Kythnos hotels and studios are actually found in the bay of Merihas, which is quite large in size. Many taverns and lounge bars are also found there. There is a sandy beach in Merihas, while the nice beaches of Martinakia and Episkopi are in close distance. There are also buses from Merihas to Chora and other central spots of Kythnos island, while in summer there are boats to popular beaches...
Kolona is the most popular beach in Kythnos island, Cyclades
The beach of Kolona is the most beautiful place to swim in Kythnos island, Cyclades. Kolona is actually a narrow strip of sand that connects the main island of Kythnos with the neighboring islet of Saint Minas. Therefore this strip of sand actually creates two beaches to swim, on one and the other side of the strip. Kolona beach in Kythnos is not organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, although it receives many visitors. This is actually the most popular beach on the island and can be accessed by private means or boat from the port of Merihas. Many private yachts also moor in Kolona in summer,...
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...
The small village of Kanala is located on the south eastern side of Kythnos island, at a distance of 11 km from the port of Merihas. In summer, there is frequent bus connection between Kanala, Merihas and Driopida. This quiet village has some family studios and beach hotels in Kythnos, as well as fish taverns and coffee spots. The main beach of Kanala is Megali Ammos beach, while in close distance there are two other nice beaches, Antonides and Ammoudaki. The largest pine forest of Kythnos is also found close to Kanala village. The most important landmark of the village is the church of Panagia...
On the way from Merihas to Chora, in very close distance to Merihas, is the nice beach settlement of Episkopi. This is among the most frequented beaches in Kythnos and a favorite place for young visitors. Episkopi beach is large and sandy, while the trees on the sand offer natural shade to visitors. Family Kythnos beach hotels and fish taverns are found around the beach, making it a nice place to stay during your Kythnos holidays. The shallow waters and protected bay also make Episkopi a great place for families with kids. If you stay at the beach until late in the evening, you will have the...
The beach of Agia Irini (Saint Irene) is located close to Loutra village, on the northern side of Kythnos island. This large bay has a sandy beach with few trees that provide natural shade to visitors. Few taverns, shops and Kythnos beach hotels are found in close distance from this beach. The bay took its name from the small chapel of Saint Irene and is among the most picturesque places to stay in Kythnos island, Greece.
The beach of Agios Dimitrios (Saint Demetrius) is located 24 km from Chora, the capital town of Kythnos, and is the southernmost settlement on Kythnos island. This is a large sandy beach with trees that provide natural shade to visitors. Agios Dimitrios is a lovely and secluded place to relax on the island, with few Kythnos studios and fish taverns. In summer, fishing boats moor at the small port of Agios Dimitrios, which took its name from a tiny chapel dedicated to this saint. Before the settlement of Agios Dimitrios is a nice small beach called Alyki, also great to swim.
On the western side of Kythnos island, between the bays of Episkopi and Kolona, is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Aegean Sea, the beach of Apokrousi (or Apokrisi). This is a large beach with sand at most of its part and a small pebbled part on one side. Apokrousi beach in Kythnos is unorganized with no sunbeds, umbrellas or taverns. It is a perfect place for total relaxation. A long hiking path leads to the close beach of Kolona, on the next bay.