Kythira lies off the southern coast of the Peloponnese and belongs to the Ionian islands. According to the Greek mythology Kythira is the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. She has not only given to Kythira her beauty and loveliness, but also her ruggedness. Kythira characterises itself through pureness, simplicity and a great diversity in nature and landscape.
The ever-present peacefulness is overwhelming. Kythira has been spared by mass tourism. Even during the summer months you still will find secluded beaches on Kythira. Sitting in one of the many village squares, enjoying a Greek coffee or an ouzo, you might forget the time. If this happens, you are sure that Kythira has grabbed you.
There are sixty four villages on Kythira which are connected to each other by a good and extensive network of roads. By car is not the only way to explore however, you will discover the island more intimately on foot. A lot of unpaved paths, seemingly deserted villages, impressive gorges, flowers, herbs and wild goats make Kythira a true walking paradise. Have a look on the special Activities page for further information.
Kythira offers you :
- the deserted and cursed former capital Paleochora
- the beautiful Byzantine churches in Kato Chora
- the impressive monastery of Agia Myrtidiotissa
- the narrow alleys with vistas in the capital Chora
- the crowded Sunday morning market of Potamos
- the secluded beaches
- the fairy-like environment of Mylopotamos with water falls and water mills
- drinking coffee at the bay of Avlemonas or Kapsali
- the social country festivals in July, August and September
- unforgettable walks