Kythnos, which is one of the most beautiful islands in Cyclades, has an excellent tourist infrastructure and the locals, apart from being especially friendly and hospitable, know very well what the visitors need for beautiful, relaxing and carefree holidays on the island. The beautiful beaches of Kythnos have amazing beaches and crystal clear waters and you will find traditional little taverns, restaurants and cafes there. Most beaches like Martinakia, Merihas, Agios Sostis and Episkopi are most accessible since they are organized as well. However, if you like adventure, you can look for more secluded beaches to which access is more difficult. Since Kythnos is a touristic island, it has countless hotels and rooms to rent. You will find most of them in Hora, Merihas and Dryopida, along with several stores as well as bars. Naturally, the other areas on the island such as Loutra with its hot springs and the Hydrotherapy building, the several temples and little churches, the Byzantine Museum of Kythos as well as the Folk Museum are worth a visit. Kythnos is a traditional island with scenic alleys and squares, amazing landscapes, crystal waters and excellent hospitality. If you too want to spend unforgettable holidays in Kythnos, all you have to do is book your ferry tickets now.
The Kythnos Port
You can easily travel by ferry from Piraeus, Lavrio and the surrounding islands to Kythnos. You can also book your ferry tickets online via aktoploika.gr for an even more comfortable and carefree journey. It takes about 3 hours for a conventional ferry, departing from Piraeus to reach Kythnos while it's only 1 hour and 30 minutes by speedboat. Merihas, the natural port of Kythnos, is an especially touristic place and is 8 kilometers away from Hora. The cosmopolitan beach of Meriha has crystal clear waters and is almost always full of people. Near the port, you will find several hotels, rooms to let, stores, restaurants, cafes and bars.
Connection With Other Islands
Kythnos has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus (Athens), Lavrio, Andros, Ios, Kea (Tzia), Kimolos, Milos, Naxos, Paros, Serifos, Sikinos, Sifnos, Syros, Folegandros.
You can now book ferry tickets online for Kythnos 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-trip/return ferry tickets come with a considerable discount.
During the day there are bus itineraries from Hora to Meriha and vice versa but there are also itineraries for other areas of the island such as Loutra and Agia Irini. In the summer the itineraries are frequent and regular enough. Apart from the buses there are also taxis available that will take you from the port to your hotel or to different beaches of the island. Renting a car or a motorbike from a rental agency, however, might be the best way to explore the island comfortably.
Limited roads network and small distances between settlements make buses the most popular transportation way, for anyone who wishes to move in Kythnos. There are two basic routes, covered by the island's three buses and connect Meriha, Loutra and Panagia Kanala, with intermediate stops, that cover every passenger's need. Ticket prices are too low (3.40 euros is the most expensive one), while there is an alternative option of renting a bicycle, for a more romantic tour on the island's natural beauties.
The island of springs...
Kythnos, also known as Thermia because of the famous hot springs, is a destination for numerous tourists. The sandy coasts, the golden beaches, the unspoiled traditional architecture of the old town and the archaeological sites, offer a special color.
According to estimations, it took its name from the leader of the Driopes and the island's first settler, Kythnos. Today, the residents of Kythnos are dealing with tourism, but without neglectin left the farming and the other occupations. It offers to visitors the perfect combination of the beautiful landscape, with crystal clear waters, the local products (meat, dairy, fruit and vegetables) and their own fresh fish.
Basic parameter for your stay in Kythnos is the hiking trails. An opportunity for relaxation in a wonderful and diverse natural environment, where churches, old bridges, terraces, fountains and many endemic plants of the Cyclades give a wealth of pictures to the walker.
The gastronomy of the island is rich, don't forget to taste 'siglino' (pork fat), thermian pies or cakes of Easter, (local cheese, sugar, cinnamon, dill, flour) baked chickpeas, zucchini pies(local cheese, egg, dill, onion for stuffing), kolopi (spinach, rice, dill, onion for stuffing), pitaro (a sort of cheese pie with local cheese), sfugata (local cheese, flour, egg), tirozumi (local cheese, water boiling and butter -is a kind of breakfast for the local people even nowadays) 'saboro fish' i.e. marinated fish, but also the white, soft cheese 'crumb' with the sour taste, known as 'thermiotiko'.
The hot springs establishments located in the area of Lutra, are open from June until October. The saline water spring, with a temperature of 36 degrees Celsius, is ideal for arthritis, spinal bones and rheumatism. The ferrous spring, with water temperature of 52 degrees Celsius, is recommended for skin and gynaecological disorders.
- There are many, who claim that Cyclades' most beautiful beach is here. Its name is Kolona and its a strip of sand, dividing two small bays and connecting Kythnos with a small island called Agios Loukas. The only problem is the dirt-road you'll to drive on, to get there. There is a small beach with thermal spa, in a 300 meters distance, an opportunity for a natural "spa".
- The island's festivals are famous, as well as the impromptu parties, that take place every night on the alleys: a violin, a lute, some locals, a few visitors and fun is about to begin and ends early in the morning. That's when they'll treat you a kind of broth, which calm down your stomach.
- The best cooked fish on the island is served in "Ostria Restaurant", next to the port. The grilled fishes will make you visit this restaurant again and again.
- Ask and try "sfouggato". It's cheese-croquettes, made from local kinds of cheese, and you'll find them in every restaurant you go.
- Kythnos produces its own honey, pure and in small quantities. It's worth its price.
Among the island's 33 beaches only two are organized (Apokrousi and Episkopi), which means that anything you may need must be carried by you.
Almost every road on the island leading to a beach is a dirt-road, so be carefull and patient when driving.
Impromptu parties on the alleys is a unique experience that hides many risks for those who aren't used to alcohol. Be careful with ouzo and don't rush to drink it if you can't stand it. Locals are hospitable and dutiful, that they won't allow your glass to be empty.
Happy Holidays in Kythnos!!!