Kythnos, one of the Cycladic islands closest to Athens, is a land of simplicity, hospitality and sustainability. The island is well-developed in terms of tourism, thanks to its 90 beaches, it has kept intact the appearance of picturesque and white villages and its thousand-year-old traditions. Let’s find out what to do and what to see in Kythnos, the earthly paradise of the Aegean Sea.
Kythnos Greece: a travel guide
It is located between Kea and Serifos, Kythnos is one of the Aegean islands closest to the port of Piraeus, which is 3 hours away. Its name, translated into “Citno” in Italian, derives from the presence of thermal springs in the bay of Loutra.
The tourist offer of Kythnos is really complete: apart from the beaches, you can make them trips discover the characteristic villages of the gods monuments cultural heritage and remnants of the island’s ancient civilization. You can continue, allowing yourself a day at the spa, visiting famous caves, hiking along the trails. And it still dives in beauty sea blue, experience canoeing and fishing adventures.
History Kythnos starts from afar as the island began to be visited towards the end of the Mesolithic. It was an important and prosperous outpost that was to stop the expansion of the Romans into Greece. During the reign of the Macedonian king Philip V, the Romans actually tried to capture Kythnos, but in vain, because after a long siege they were forced to leave the island due to its powerful fortifications.
With the siege of Constantinople in 1204, which ended with the victory of the Crusaders, Kythnos fell into the hands of the Venetians who took over the government. The occupiers are said to have sent to Venice the icon of the Virgin of Nikopoi who was transported from Constantinople to Kythnos and is now venerated as the victorious Madonna of Nicopeia in the Church of San Marco.
How to get to Kythnos
The island is well connected to the mainland, and the fastest and cheapest way to get to Kythnos is ferrybecause there is no airport or heliport on its territory.
Merihas, the port of Kythnos, is connected to Piraeus and Lavrion by daily ferries. The journey takes from one and a half to three hours depending on the speed of the ship and the weather. Kythnos also has a ferry connection with the ports of Andros, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Milos, Naxos, Paros, Serifos, Sikinos, Sifnos, Syros, Folegandros.
Kythnos: attractions and interesting places
Kythnos is well developed from a touristic point of view along its shores, but if you are looking for the most authentic island spirit then the hinterland is for you. It is actually far from the beaches? Nature wild and unspoiled, interrupted only by a few small villages where time seems to have stopped. Bucolic landscapes and slow-moving villages are perfect for relaxing vacation in complete peace.
After this brief introduction, let’s take a closer look what to do and see in Kythnos, attractions and interesting places not to be missed for any reason.
Countries – Kythnos
Kythnos has two main settlements, a village Sick, also called Messaria and Dryopida. Both villages are characterized by winding and often stepped streets, too narrow for car traffic. Both are very picturesque, with different architectural styles. The sick is arranged like an amphitheater around the hill and has white houses with flat roofs, typical of the Cyclades.
Dryopida It rises in a sheltered valley away from the sea and has typical white houses, but the roofs are sloping and covered with red tiles. There is a village on the northeastern tip of the island Loutraa sparsely inhabited town, but famous for its thermal springs with healing properties, known since Roman times.
Churches and monasteries – Kythnos
On the island of Kythnos, in addition to churches of the two main villages, there are around 130 between chapels and ancient monasteries. In Chora, important places of worship where ancient icons are venerated are the Holy Trinity, Agios Savvas, Agios Nikolaos. In the village of Dryopida, the church of Agios Minas is noteworthy, which has preserved magnificent icons carved in wood.
Over there Church of Our Lady of the Channel, located along the southeast coast of the island, is one of the most important places of worship in the Cyclades due to its reputation for being a miracle. According to tradition, the icon of the Virgin Mary was found by fishermen in a narrow canal between Kythnos and Serifos. In August, a great holiday is celebrated with a procession and presentation of the discovery of the icon of the Mother of God.
Museums – Kythnos
The Chora Folklore Museum presents a collection of folklore items in a traditional house in the city’s “Piatsa”. The Dryopid Folklore Museum housed in an old house located behind the Agios Apostolos Church, showcasing farm tools, traditional clothing and ancient home furniture. Kythnos engravings on the walls.
The Church Museum and Byzantine Kythnos is located in a specially created space in the church of Agios Georgios in Dryopida and contains various church finds from the Byzantine era and many icons from different eras.
Archaeological sites – Kythnos
The oldest and most important place on the island is Wryokastroin Mandraki Bay, where there are many finds proving the presence of this territory from the 10th century BC to the 7th century classic, sealed handles of commercial amphoras and underwater remnants of an ancient port.
The finds came to light in archaeological site “Maroula” from the thermal baths Loutr tells us that the island was inhabited during the Mesolithic period (9000 – 8000 BC). The excavations returned the ruins of archaeological round houses, tombs, and a human skeleton near which stone tools of flint, quartz and obsidian were found. It is the only open-air archaeological site traceable to the Mesolithic in all of Greece.
Baths and Caves – Kythnos
The Kythnos thermal baths they are located in the evocative Loutra Bay, in the northeastern part of the island, and are the only ones present in the entire Cyclades. The first spring has salt water and is inside a hydrotherapy center that allows visitors to soak in marble tubs at a reasonable cost. The second spring is 50 meters from the first, it is free and has healing properties for rheumatic, arthritic and gynecological diseases.
One of the largest caves in Greece is located on Kythnos, Katafik Cave to Dryopidy. This natural cave, first explored around 1830, housed an iron mine until 1939, and has now become “attraction tourist. Its name is derived from the Greek word for shelter (katafigio) as it was used as a shelter from pirates. There are wonderful stalactites inside.
Tours – Kythnos
THIS Kythnos trails allow you to get to know the true soul of the island, combining picturesque settlements, beaches, archaeological sites, Byzantine churches, caves and windmills. The island has an extensive network of hiking trails, some of which are well marked. The routes differ in the degree of difficulty due to the topography. They are best faced in spring and fall, when the climate becomes milder.
between trips more famous we note: path 1, which from Oria Castle, with the ruins of a settlement destroyed in 1570, leads to the Mesolithic in Maroula. Path 2 leads to Lefkes beach passing through the village of Dryopida. Finally path 6 that leads to the remains of the ancient capital of the island, Vryokastro, with a great view of Kolona beach.