KerosKeros, Koufonisia 840 08, Greece
This barren, mountainous, uninhabited and mysterious land oozes with inexplicable energy. They say that if you gaze at Keros from Ano Koufonisi on a full moon night, you will discern a woman figure on the curves of the skyline; it is that same woman lying on the rocks that became a source of inspiration for the world famous Cycladic figurines. So, two nautical miles south from Ano Koufonisi, between Naxos and Amorgos, a now silent and enigmatic isle with a total area of 15 km2 has a great tale to tell. According to archaeologists, Keros was the first substantial religious center of the Aegean since the Early Bronze Age, while the invaluable finds from the Early Cycladic Period excavated at the area of Kavos and dated back to 2800-2200 BC. reinforce the opinion that this is the most ancient island sanctuary in the world. In 1884, two marble statuettes of the Early Cycladic Period, the Flute Player (Avlitis) and the Harp Player (Harpistis) of Keros were brought to light from the innards of this forgotten sacred island, now on display in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. You can reach Keros with a chartered boat from Αno Koufonisi, yet you are not allowed to stay for the night, as the island is a protected archaeological site.