Hiking in Kythnos | Explore one of the most authentic islands in Greece!
Hiking Trip 1:
Hiking Dryopida – Kalo Livadi – Kanala & Dryopida cave exploration
Enjoy a good breakfast today, as we will explore hiking the best of Central and Southeast part of the island! You will be transferred to Dryopida village, one of the most picturesque and traditional settlements of Kythnos. Once there, we will follow a hiking trail that will soon take us to the beautiful beach of Lefkes. We’ll have a 30min stop to relax by the sea and during the summer months also enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean sea!
We’ll afterwards head to the peaceful beach of Kalo Livadi, decked with a small church on a rock. A large beach with stone slabs, pebbles and golden sand, as well as big and very old cedars create the ideal setting for a stop and of course sunbathing and swimming in the summer. The sound of the waves will be most probably the only sound you will hear in this pristine scenery. Behind the few houses that make up the small settlement, a fertile little meadow spreads out planted with fig trees, vineyards and a few groves that gave its name to the homonymous settlement. Our next and last stop of today’s hike is the well known coastal village of Kanala that took its name after the monastery of Panagia Kanala, dedicated to Virgin Mary. Here you will also find the only pine forest in the island. The monastery hosts the miraculous icon of Our Lady which, according to tradition, was found by fishermen floating in the narrow channel between Kythnos and Serifos and is said to have healing powers. Here you will find some tourism infrastructure, traditional taverns and restaurants, where you can enjoy lunch. You will also have free time to explore at your own pace the village.
In the afternoon, you will be transferred back to Dryopida village, where another surprise is waiting for you! Get ready to explore Katafiki cave, one of the largest caves in Greece, most of which remains unexplored to date. Located at the edge of Dryopida village, at an altitude of 190 meters above sea level, the cave maintains a constant temperature of 17 degrees and is considered to cover an area of 3.500 sq.m.
Once we explore this hidden gem, you will participate in a cooking class and learn how to prepare some traditional local delicacies, such as “sfougata”, the local “thermiotiki” cheese pie, “strapatsada” and much more. House-made wine will compliment your dinner that will have been prepared by your hands, under the guidance of local ladies!
Total Hike Duration: 4 hours / 5 hours incl. stops | Total Distance: 11.6 km
Hiking Trip 2:
Hiking Loutra – Castle of Oria & the Thermal Springs
Today’s breathtaking hike will offer you amazing views and authentic encounters with the island’s history! After breakfast, you will be transferred to the north part of the island and specifically to the village of Loutra, a popular stop over for sailing yachts. Once there, we will follow an ascending path in order to reach the striking Castle of Oria, located on a steep hill at the northernmost tip of the island. This fortified acropolis that overlooks the Aegean Sea was the capital of the island during the Byzantine times and the Latin occupation; but it seems that it had already been inhabited since prehistoric times. 100 chapels flourished there during the Venetian Rule, of which only two still stand today.
You will have time to relax, enjoy the panoramic views and take some wonderful photos, before we return back to Loutra from the same path. You will have the afternoon free to relax at the Thermal Springs of Loutra, known for their therapeutic qualities. You can also enjoy your lunch and/or coffee in one of the seaside restaurants/cafes.
Later on, a short hiking trail will take us from Loutra to Chora, the island’s capital. Chora is a fine example of traditional Cycladic architecture, with white-washed houses, stone-paved mule paths and arcades which will drive you to endless walks in narrow alleys ending to small squares and churches.
Total Hike Duration: 3.5 – 4 hours / 4.5 hours incl. stops | Total Distance: 11 km
Hiking Trip 3:
Hiking to Vryokastro – Apokrousi – Kolona & Pottery Lesson
Our hiking trail today will takes us to the island’s ancient capital, Vryokastro, and then to the probably most stunning beach of the island, Kolona! Our first stop will be at the beach of Episkopi. We’ll then hike up the hill of Vryokastro, a currently abandoned archaeological site and one of the most important prehistoric settlements in the Aegean. Archaeological research has brought to light findings dating back to the Mesolithic Age. According to the findings and underwater excavations, that town was constantly inhabited from the 10th century B.C. to the 6th century A.D.
Afterwards, we’ll descend to the white sandy beach of Apokrousi, where we’ll make a stop to relax and swim. Next comes one of the island’s highlights, the unique beach of Kolona. It is actually a strip of sand joining Kythnos with the islet of Agios Loukas, creating a landscape of unparallel beauty! Once there, you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling, as well as lunch at the only tavern on the beach.
You will later be transferred by water taxi back to Merichas. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a pottery lesson by a local artisan in Chora. Create your own pottery clay and take it back home as a souvenir!
Total Hike Duration: 2.5 hours / 3.5 hours incl. stops | Total Distance: 6.5 km