It’s hard for someone to find a word, to describe Kythira (Kythera). Only the fact
that the name “Kythira” is one of the 7 oldest Greek toponymies, as it was found
written on a 1400 b.C. Egyptian status’ socle, proves itself the island’s long-
Port of Kythira
Kythira’s main port is located at Diakofti, about 30 kilometers away from the island’s
capital. On the port’s dock, you can find buses or cabs, ready to serve you. The
port is coastal connected to Piraeus, Neapoli, Gytheio and Crete’s Kasteli (Kissamos).
You can now book your ferry tickets online via aktoploika.gr for a journey more comfortable
and carefree. The journey from Piraeus to Kithyra lasts about seven and a half hours.
Kithyra has also some other, smaller ports, like Avlemonas, Agia Pelagia, Platia
Ammos and Kapsali. Many cruise-
Connection With Other Ports
Kythira has also a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus, Gytheio, Neapoli and Kasteli at Crete (Kissamos).
You can now book ferry tickets online for Kythira (Kythera) via Aktoploika.gr. If
you plan to travel during July and August, it’s best if you have booked several days
or weeks earlier to avoid hitches. You should also know that round-
The best way to move in Kythira is renting a small 4x4 vehicle, so you can have access to everywhere, due to the fact there are many inaccessible roads with big slope. There are also bus schedules, connecting Kythira City with the island’s villages. If you want to enjoy the well-
Kythira’s geographic relief makes transportation interesting as well as ...adventurous. Most of the settlements aren’t serviced by constant transportation, except summertime of course, when routes’ frequency is increased from and to the most crowded destinations, the port and the airport. All villages have bus stops, where buses pass from, as well as on the settlements’ main crossroads. These routes are regularly announced before summer and you can be informed on www.kythera.gr As for the most secluded and inaccessible beaches, you’ll have to use the local sea-
Kythira (Kythera), is the only island with a view to three seas, the Ionian, the Cretan and the Myrtoo. It took its name from goddess Aphrodite, who was named, in Orphics, as well as in Iliad, as “Kytheria”, meaning “she, who has something in her bowels”. Kythira’s latest name “Tsirigo” was born due to lingual distortions of the primal name “Kythira” through ages.
When a visitor says the word “sights”, the natives smile: “Kythira Island is by itself a big sight”, they say. And you can see that, no matter where you are, in the illustrations’, the sounds’, the smells’ and the scenes’ abundance. Kythira’s villages are a great folklore settlements example, while (thankfully) touristic development got here too late, so most of them are untouched. Mylopotamos Village, on the west, with its natural springs and perennial plane trees, is worth to visit, as well, as Avlemonas, a fishermen’s village with intense Cycladic style, and Karavas, with its underground springs, surrounded by virgin nature.
Other mentionable sights are Gerakari, a big forest on the north, covered with pine
trees and eucalyptuses, Neromyloi on the west, with its perennial plane trees, waterfalls
and physical lakes, Agia Sophia Cave on the west also, with plenty of wall paintings
and a small temple inside it, Hora Castle, built by the Venetians with a view to
the three seas and Kato Hora Castle, Venantian too, near Mylopotamos. You can also
visit Panagia Myrtidiotissa Monastery, Kythira’s patron saint, the Moudari Lighthouse,
Katani, Greece’s longest wooden bridge from Anglocracy till today, and, next to it,
the Byzantine Wall-
Inevitably, an island with such a multifarious natural and cultural “decoration”, can’t remain in beaches, as it satisfies any visitor’s desire. The most known beaches are Diakofti, next to the Port, Agia Pelagia, a long beach with many facilities, Kaladi, one of Kythira’s most famous, Palaiopoli, the biggest one, Kalami, surrounded by rank, Hytra, Kyriakoyloy, Loutra Aphroditis and Steno Avlaki, all of them inaccessible and isolated, and Lykodimos with its weird geological formations. Finally, Fyri Ammos, one of the greatest in the island, Lagkada Beach and the cosmopolitan Kapsali were both awarded with the “ 2016 Blue Flag Award”.
Before you leave Kythira, don’t forget to buy thyme honey, awarded as the “Best Greek Honey”, olive oil and a flower pot with Amaranta of Kythira, a rare flower, that lives eternally, as his second name (Sebrevives) says. You can find Amaranta in steepness places, or you can buy them from a local store. Visit Kythira, the island, where Cycladic, Ionian, Minoan, Byzantine and so many other cultures coalesce and become one, and surrender to this majestic journey in time and sensation.
Kythira Island has many dirt roads, so if you rent a car, make sure it’ll be a 4x4. In some beaches you’ll have to walk too, so make sure you have all the necessary info before you arrive there, especially if there are elders and children with you.
Use your smartphone's map or your GPS device and save every course you make, so you can restore it later and find your way home easier. Do this, because some crossroads may disorient you and many dirt roads don’t have any signs.
Melidoni Beach is one of Kythira’s most beautiful beaches. You’ll probably read in many travel sites, that the road is OK, even locals may agree in that, but – please believe us – you’ll definitely need a 4×4 vehicle to get there.
Happy Holidays in Kythira Island!!!
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