Kythera is an island that certainly does not look like any other. It is located at the crossroads of three seas, the Ionian, the Myrtos and the Cretan, with the result that it combines elements from all of them.
Kythira, or Tsirigo, is located in Southern Greece, south of the Peloponnese and Kavo Malia, and north of the beautiful island of Crete. It belongs to the prefecture of Attica and has a population of approximately 3,500 inhabitants. Kythera has a unique geography and nature since it is a plateau with many green valleys that their flowing waters end up in the sea where they form enchanting beaches.
Its unique strategic position has made it a pole of attraction for many conquerors since ancient times, whose footprint has culturally and historically shaped the island’s physiognomy. The island has been inhabited since ancient times and successively passed through the hands of the Mycenaeans, the Spartans, the Athenians, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Venetians, and the British.
Kythera has many sights and monuments that bear witness to its multicultural heritage, such as the great Venetian castle of Chora with its panoramic view on three breathtaking seas, the Venetian castle of Kato Hora Mylopotamos with its furnished houses and streets and small Byzantine churches create a unique atmosphere, giving the visitor the impression that it is still inhabited, transporting him to other times. In Kyttaros there are wonderful monasteries such as the Monastery of Panagia Myrtidiotissa who is the patron saint of the island, the monastery of Agia Eleussa, the monastery of Agia moni. The island has excellent museums to visit such as the archaeological Museum of Kythera in Chora, the Museum of Kythera Coats of Arms in the castle, the Museum of Byzantine Icons in Kato Livadi,
Nature has gifted the island with the magnificent cave of Agia Sophia Mylopotamos with a 550 m tourist route, where at the entrance of the cave there is a stone iconostasis with Byzantine frescoes of the 13th century, representing Agia Sophia and her daughters Agapi, Elpida and Pisti.
Kythera also has many beautiful beaches for all tastes and preferences, such as Kaladi, Melidoni, Chalkos, Firi Ammos, Komponada, Kakia Lagada, Agia Pelagia, Kapsali, Diakofti, Avlemonas, Limnionas, Paleopoli and the pristine Kalami beach.
One of the most beautiful natural landscapes of the island are the Mills or watermills in the traditional village of Mylopotamos, with the running waters forming gurgling streams with waterfalls and small lakes covered by centuries-old plane trees between stone bridges and traditional watermills.
Kythira is an island that combines dreamlike nature, rich history and living tradition. It is the island that offers a unique experience of tranquility and relaxation for your holidays, regardless of the season and type of your trip.
Whether you want to relax in a quiet paradise, experience adventure in a wild environment, or experience the culture and people of a traditional island, Kythira is the ideal island for you.
Kythira is worth a visit, because it is an island that retains its authentic character, and you will certainly be unforgettable with its unique hospitality, which will make you want to return again and again.
Kythira is waiting for you to discover it and love it forever, like the only native flower of the island with the small yellow flower Sembeviva, which never withers and lives forever !