Pyrgos House – Kythira Greece

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Grape picking results

The grapes have been picked and pressed. The wine is in the barrels. During the last few days, wine grower Stathis Souris has been very busy harvesting the grapes, assisted by enthusiastic participants from the grape picking excursion. Can we talk of a success? Oh yes, Stathis is very satisfied[…]

Walks with Frank

Now the warm summer is over, we welcome the cooler months of September and October as the more pleasant temperatures will allow us to take longer walks. This week, I guided walkers along the strenuous Potamos – Trifyllianika Gorge – Paleochora track and the walk through and around Chora towards[…]

Grape picking excursion

The yearly grape harvest days are nearly here. From next week onwards, we will be organising grape picking days combining a useful activity with a relaxing and pleasant environment. The day is quite full : breakfast at Potamos Square, transfer to the Souris vineyard near Gerakari, grape picking for a[…]

To talanto

The visit to Osios Theodoros Monastery is one of the highlights during the weekly guided walk around Aroniadika. Opposite the church, in the fir tree, hangs a large wooden beam with a wooden hammer, in Greek ‘to talanto’. This week, Papas Petros told us about its history and function. However,[…]

The Assumption of the Virgin Mary

August 15th – today, throughout Greece, the Assumption of Virgin Mary is celebrated. On Kythira, more than a thousand believers visit the Panagia Myrtidiotissa Monastery. It is a very impressive and colourful event, mainly because of the procession in which the Myrtidiotissa icon will be paraded throughout the monastery grounds.[…]


Dekapentismou – literraly translated: period of 15 days, which starts on August 1st until August 15th, the Assumption of Virgin Mary. During Dekapentismou, many people visit Kythira’s most important monasteries, Agia Moni and Panagia Myrtidiotissa. Some pilgrims stay for a few days in one of the monastery cells in order[…]

Kythira’s thyme honey

Traditionally Kythirian beekeepers start harvesting thyme honey in the third week of July. During the previous months, the bees have done their very best. No thyme bush has remained untouched. The beekeepers are satisfied with this year’s harvest and, from this week onwards, you will find ‘the gold of Kythira’[…]

Cave churches excursion in South Kythira

Are you also curious to visit South Kythira’s hidden cave churches? From next week on, Pyrgos House will be organizing an excursion to four caves near Kapsali and Kalamos. In every cave, you will see a church, each with its own special religious history and symbolism. Let yourself be enchanted[…]

New excursion

Again, Pyrgos House comes up with a scoop – a unique cave excursion in Kapsali and Kalamos. Archaeologist and speleologist Konstantinos Trimmis – born on Kythira and currently working at Cardiff University – is now on holiday on the island. However, he is eager to share his love for caves[…]

From Holland to Kythira

From Holland to Kythira, George Koksma and Kythira in the sixties – an exhibition about a long term project on Kythira initiated by the World Council of Churches. Dutch engineer Jurgen Koksma together with a Dutch volunteers team worked for ten years on Kythira to develop the island (water works,[…]