Pyrgos House – Kythira Greece

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Reunification of the Ionian Islands with Greece

On Sunday, we celebrate the return of the Ionian Islands (Eptanissa), which includes Kythira, to the Greek state. On May 21st 1864, the British, having ruled the Eptanissa from 1809, ceded the islands to the new Greek king, George I. Representatives of the local authorities will attend a special liturgy at[…]

Spring flowers

723 species of plants and trees are recorded in the flora of Kythira. The most famous indigenous Kythirian flower of course is the Sempreviva with its beautiful bright yellow colour (Helichrysum orientale (L.) Gaertner). Yesterday, I spoke with two of our walking guests from Switzerland. They are big fans of[…]

2017 Myrtidiotissa icon procession

An especially important event for Kythera is the so called “Gira” (procession) of the icon of Panagia Myrtidiotissa which starts 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 event,[…]

The red Easter egg

Easter eggs are given as gifts during the Easter celebrations. The oldest tradition is to dye them red as a symbol of fertility and rebirth. This practice is influenced by the early cultures of Egypt, Mesopotamia and Crete.  Easter eggs coloured red also symbolize the blood of Christ, shed at the time[…]

‘Kythira on foot’ – 2017 edition!

Next week we will launch the 2017 edition of our walking book ‘Kythira on foot, 32 selected walking routes’. This thirteenth edition is the result of checking all the routes during the winter. The descriptions have been verified and updated as necessary to ensure you have the most enjoyable walks[…]

Pyrgos House Office will be open daily

From this Saturday, April 1st, our office in Potamos will be open daily from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm. Visit us for the best walking tips, for general information about Kythira and of course for booking our guided walks, canyoning tours, mountain bike[…]

Coach service: Athens – Kythira – Athens

Pyrgos House cooperates with the local bus company Drakakis Tours, who operate a coach service between Athens and Kythira twice a week (April – September). Very useful: you hop on the bus in Athens centre or Piraeus and after a pleasant and comfortable trip over the Peloponnese and a ferry[…]


The start of walking season 2017!

Yesterday, our first walkers of the 2017 season arrived. These guests have visited Kythira twice before and having done our Walking Tours (Round North and Round South), they will now enjoy some other walks using our walking guide ‘Kythira on foot’. At the moment the countryside is bursting with life[…]


This weekend all attention is focused on the carnival! To get in the mood, Friday evening there is a Carnival Ball in Agia Pelagia. The traditional parade will be on Sunday at midday (12 am), in Potamos. Afterwards, high school children will dance the colourful ‘gaitanaki’ and then the Potamos[…]