Kythnos


Kythnos (also Kithnos) has an area of 100 km˛ with approximately 1500 people living there. There is very little tourism on the island. Most of the people that do visit come from the nearby mainland. Put it this way; they are not exactly prepared for foreign visitors. Unless you speak Greek you will find it relatively hard to get by. Even something relatively simple like a menu in English you won't find. In a way that's cool of course.

Prices are very moderate which I found rather pleasant. The island is rather popular with Athenians that come here on a weekend break. In order to enjoy your stay I would recommend visiting during the week. The main source of income for the locals is still agriculture.

Kythnos


Merichas: The ferry port has little to offer for tourists. There are no decent beaches and no traditional houses or in any way typical architecture. On the other hand the atmosphere here is quite laid back. I guess it depends on what you want. Around the port there are a few rooms to rent. Prices are average and range around 30 Euro a night.

Chora – the main settlement – is on of these for the Cyclades rather typical villages. It is situated in the mountains and appears well I would call it old fashioned. If you want to get an impression of what life in the Cyclades islands was like 20 years ago Chora is not the worst spot to look for it. Also if you like it quiet you'll find the village ideal.

Driopis is one of the bigger villages. It is very traditional and worth's visiting. It even has a small museum.

Loutra is probably the most famous village on the island. It is well know for its hot springs. Even back in the ancient days they were renowned for their healing powers. Next to the hot springs there is an old hotel you may find interesting. It seems to see itself as an upper class hotel. It is called Xenia (Tel.: +30 22810 31217) and a double room will cost around 50 Euro. Personally I think it has seen better days but what do I know.


If you travel in style but don't want to spend 50 Euro a night there are alternatives. You'll find plenty of rooms to rent. The village is next to the see. There are a few alright beaches nearby. During summer you'll find many Athenians here.

Kanala is a small but growing community in the south of Kythnos. It has a church for Greek Orthodox pilgrims and a few beaches for all the rest. Every year on August 15th is a big celebration in the church that attracts a considerable number of visitors and pilgrims. Around that time you will find it difficult to get a room.

Busses on Kythnos: There are at least 5 busses a day from the port to Chora and also the other villages on the island. If you arrive by ferry the bus will wait for you.

Ferries to Kythnos: There are daily boats to Athens, Serifos and Milos. Now then there is a ferry to neighboring Kea Island. There are no direct connections to the main Cyclades. Also there is no airport.

Kythnos started very early to invest in alternative energy. Most of the electricity these days comes from solar panes and wind. I found that quite interesting. It makes perfect sense but still it is quite rare in Greece. Most places don't particularly care how environmental friendly there energy is produced. Well done Kythnos.

 

 

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