Pyrgos House – Kythira Greece

Tradition comes alive at the loom

In many places on Kythira you still can witness the traditions that are passed down from generation to generation. Like distilling tsipouri, baking Kythirian olive oil rusks (the paksimadia), harvesting the delicious thyme honey, Greek dancing… We certainly need to add to this list the traditional weaving of thin strips[…]

Beautiful Byzantine Choir Psalms

As in previous years, the Byzantine Choir, conducted by Mr. G. Kakoulidis, will be on Kythira next weekend, participating in Agios Fanourios’ name day celebrations. The choir will sing during these services: – Sunday, August 26th, at the morning service in Agia Pelagia Church (8 am – 9.30 am) –[…]

Mesa Vourgo churches opening

One of the biggest celebrations of the Greek Orthodox Church is on August 15th, the day of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. This year on Monday August 13th, from 7 pm to 10 pm, the wonderful Byzantine churches in Mesa Vourgo (the medieval district of Chora) will be open[…]

Panigiria 2018

The first banners advertising the summer festivals, the panigiria, have been spotted again, signalling the start of the Kythirian summer 2018. Kato Livadi is this year’s kick-off: Saturday, August 4th, from 9pm onwards with live music, dance, food and drinks. Don’t miss it because it’s great fun to dance the[…]

Agia Sofia Cave Mylopotamos is open!

This week, the impressive Agia Sofia Cave near Mylopotamos – Kato Chora opened again. Until the beginning of September, you can visit the cave daily from 11 am to 6 pm (except on Wednesday). Last tour starts at 5.30 pm. Your visit to the cave can easily be combined with[…]

Apricot time

It is mid-June, the time of year when the apricots ripen. It is obvious that 2018 is a good apricot year. In the trees, many branches are hanging down to the ground because of the profusion of apricots. Sometimes there is even a broken branch, because of the weight. Our[…]

Summer 2018 Potamos music events

Potamos central square will be the place where local musicians perform free live music events throughout the summer. As in previous years, starting this week until the end of September, a small festival will be held every Friday night. Combine your night out with food, drink and the chance to[…]

Artichokes from Kythira

During a walk over the island this month (May), you will see many artichokes in the vegetable gardens. The Kythirians are proud of the typical way of cooking these vegetables. Not boiled in water, as the French do, but grilled on the bbq or in the oven. The preparation goes[…]

Group walking holiday 2018

We are currently guiding the guests who participate in our Group walking holiday: 10 days of hiking pleasure, discovering the green and flowery Kythira. Every day we explore a different part of the island, from north to south. As far as I am concerned, the highlights until today are: the[…]

Myrtidiotissa icon procession

An especially important event for Kythera is the so called “Gira” (procession) of the icon of Panagia Myrtidiotissa which started on the afternoon of Easter Monday. Leaving the church of Estavromenos (Crucified Christ) in Chora, the procession visits almost all the villages of Kythera . This is a very impressive[…]