Pyrgos House – Kythira Greece

Romantic picnic

This afternoon, we had a very special event in an olive grove near Karavas. We spread a large cloth in a field full of colourful flowers, we made a delicious fresh salad, paksimadia were put on a plate and glasses were filled with wine. Our excursion guides settled down and[…]

Agamemnon’s Tower

Kypriotianika hamlet has two secrets… First the three beautiful small churches built against or into the rocks. Secondly, many people don’t know about the nearly ruined but still sturdy tower which is said to have been built by Agamemnon. From Kypriotianika it is only a 20-minute walk to reach the[…]

A very special gift

The whole island is preparing for Greek Orthodox Easter (Sunday April 12th): roadsides are being mowed, houses are whitewashed, carpets are being cleaned. Yesterday, we were at Roussos Ceramics Workshop in Kato Livadi to get our new hand painted plates. Maria and Panayotis, together with their mother Georgia, were busy[…]

Kythira Walking Page on Facebook

Probably, Jeanette and Jaap from the Netherlands are Kythira’s best walking ambassadors. They have been visiting the island for more than ten years now, mostly twice a year. I am quite sure that they have walked at least a thousand kilometres, not only along the usual paths but also through[…]

Elliniko Panorama

‘Elliniko Panorama’ (in English: Greek Panorama) is a renowned magazine about nature and tradition in Greece (Elliniko Panorama). The March 2015 edition will have two articles about Kythira! One is about the interesting history of Paleochora, the former capital which today is an abandoned settlement with impressive ruins. The other[…]

Walk 30: Chora – Trachilos – Chora

During the last three days, Pyrgos House assisted Kythera Hiking Team with clearing the old path between ‘Germania’ and Agios Minas Church, near Chora. This beautiful path had become almost impassable because of the many thorny bushes. Once again, though, it is a real pleasure to walk along this ‘new’[…]

‘Kythira on foot’ – 2015 edition has been published!

Today we will finish the final details of the 2015 edition of our walking guide ‘Kythira on foot’. During the winter months we have walked all the routes and in addition to minor adjustments, we have made the routes even more interesting and attractive by improving and elaborating on them.[…]

Carnival

This weekend all attention is focused on the carnival! To get in the mood, this evening there is a Carnival Ball in Agia Pelagia, followed by one in Avlemonas tomorrow evening. The traditional parade will be on Sunday afternoon, in Potamos. Afterwards, children will dance the colourful ‘gaitanaki’ (a dance[…]

Sun with teeth

Again, next week, Kythira will be in the grip of a cold front coming from the Balkans. Fortunately, the weather here is actually not too bad, especially compared to other areas in Greece where they are suffering from snow and flooding. The days on Kythira are cold but mainly sunny.[…]

Too beautiful to describe…

Last week, for the new 2015 edition, I rechecked two walks from the book ‘Kythira on foot’: the route through the forested hills around Karavas and the one starting at Panagia Orphani Monastery, near Mylopotamos. Again, I have discovered new paths and both walks will be even more beautiful than[…]