Pyrgos House – Kythira Greece

The start of Olive Picking Walking Weeks 2018

Next week, our first guests will arrive for the Olive Picking Walking Weeks. They start working in Harry Tzortzopoulos’ olive groves, near beautiful Karavas. After a few picking days and walking days we will visit Potamos’ olive oil factory. It is always a great sensation to see the oil dripping[…]

Kythira’s footpaths go around the world

Recently a very interesting article about the walking opportunities on Kythira was published in ‘Trails around the world’, the magazine of the ‘Worlds Trails Network’ and it describes the old pilgrimage route between Diakofti and Avlemonas where the walker visits the Agios Giorgos Church and the Agia Moni Monastery. This[…]

Third season: Winter Sunday Walks!

In 2016, Pyrgos House and Kythera Hiking took the initiative to organise a walk every Sunday afternoon during the quiet but beautiful winter months (November – March). Every week we chose another place on Kythira to start from, walking together with anyone who loves nature and activity! It is the[…]

Tsipouro Festival in Potamos

On Sunday October 14th the Potamos Tsipouro Festival will be held. Programme: 11 am, town square Potamos: start of a relaxed walk through Potamos. The trail will bring you to Gerakari Distillery where you will enjoy a tsipouro and fatourada tasting session. From there we walk back to Potamos town[…]

Panagia Myrtidiotissa

Panagia Myrtidiotissa’s Name Day is Kythira’s most important religious festival, celebrated annually on September 24th. The Icon of Panagia (protectress of the Kythirians) is in the monastery church of Myrtidia (myrtles), located in the south-western part of the island. The monastery derives its name from the fact that in the[…]

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 - Kastro

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[…]