Pyrgos House – Kythira Greece

Beautiful Karavas

The village association ‘Beautiful Karavas’ has organised an exhibition of Kythirian crafts and folklore. Location: the old primary school in Karavas – next to the impressive arch at the village entrance. The exhibition will start on Sunday May 17th, at 6 pm. After the official opening, there will be a[…]

Canyoning Koufogialou

Next Tuesday, we will be having the premiere of our new exciting canyoning tour through Koufogialou Gorge, starting in Dourianika towards the west coast. Alexis is your guide and during the tour, he shows you beautiful caves, old cedar trees and impressive cliffs. After a few hours, you will reach[…]

Aphrodite’s throne

During the last two days, I have been guiding an Australian group around Kythira. The group is travelling all over Greece, visiting mythological sites. It is obvious that the island of Kythira, as Aphrodite’s birthplace, cannot be missed in their programme. At the end of the tour we walked from[…]

Potamos has it!

Probably every visitor to Kythira will also be coming to Potamos. Not only for the traditional Sunday morning market, but also to enjoy sitting on one of the terraces watching daily life, drinking a coffee or a glass of ouzo. Many people, though, don’t know that Potamos has much more[…]

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’[…]