Nafplio, our first and eternal love
Aegina: An island for all seasons
Hydra: Radiating with class and elegance
Kythnos, the “outsider” of Cyclades
A secret paradise for sophisticated weekenders, yet a real revelation for other uninitiated travelers… Kythnos is the West Cyclades alternative for those in search of a destination close to Athens for an autumn break. The trip takes only two hours from the port of Lavrio and three hours from the port of Pireaus, which means that three days are more than enough for you to relax and to discover the attractions of the island of simplicity; the port of Merichas, an anchorage of choice for Italian yacht owners who love spending their holidays in the Greek islands; the unspoiled Cycladic Chora (or Messaria), of whitewashed cobblestone streets, neat courtyards, dazzling-white churches, traditional taverns (sfougata, croquettes made with local trima cheese, are an absolute must), new age restaurants and speakeasies; Loutra, a picturesque cove boasting two thermal springs unique in Cyclades —Kythnos is also known as Thermia, another name for hot springs— but also Dryopida, a settlement unseen from the sea, with red shingle roofs, that looks like something out of a Greek mountain village. There you will have the opportunity to visit Katafyki cave with its spectacular stalactites, the greatest in Cyclades. At the southeastern part of Kythnos, at Panagia Kanala village with the monastery of the same name, you will feel that Nature has worked wonders and blessed the area with luscious greenery all the way to the deep blue waters. Weather permitting, you will enjoy your dips in virgin inlets and beaches with idyllic waters, such as the famous Kolona, Apokrousi and Megali Ammos. The national holiday celebrations of 28th October in Kythnos include a school parade in Chora and Dryopida with a service of praise and a wreath laying ceremony at the monument to the Fallen Heroes.