About Kythnos

Looking for authentic island living? For remote beaches that even in August you can swim like nobody’s watching ? For unspoiled seashores away from the noise of beach bars? For whitewashed villages where people still live on their traditions?
Then you’re at the right place!

Kythnos is Cyclades’ hidden gem, still unspoiled by mass tourism and known for its magnificent 100km coastline of sandy and pebble spread bays. It belongs to the Western Cyclades, located in between the island of Kea and Serifos. The closest port is Lavrio where the boat reaches Kythnos within an hour and a half. Lavrio is also the closest port to Athens’ airport Eleftherios Venizelos. There’s also the port of Piraeus where boat timings are less frequent and the trip duration is app 3 hours and 30min. You can find more about how to get to Kythnos from www.openseas.gr and www.viva.gr

Island life

Consider it a half-visit if you leave the island without visiting a local fiesta known in Greek as a ‘Panigyri’. Those are celebratory gatherings taking place in main squares, at the outdoor space of big churches but also (and that’s the most original version you can find) at remote churches on top of hills.

Locals will take care of you and give you to eat and drink delicacies made by the women of Kythnos. There’s always traditional live music played by local bands and the most impressive dance you can experience in Cyclades, it’s called ‘balo’, normally danced by couples with lots of spins and turns. Don’t hesitate to join the circle and dance with your heart, locals will guide you through the steps.

It’s also worth visiting Kythnos’ two folklore museums which are located at the two main villages of Chora and Dryopida. Both museums have very interesting exhibits, reviving old traditions and rituals of the island’s history - from traditional dresses, furniture and items to the ways people used to cook, dance and celebrate.

NATURAL SPA!

Kythnos is also called ‘Thermia’ due to its natural thermal springs that have been known since the Byzantine time for its therapeutic properties.

You can still visit the thermal waters today located at the area of Loutra. There’s a nice outdoor lake-shape spot where warm springs (app 40C) are flowing into the seawater and you can enjoy a relaxing natural spa on your way back from the beach. For a more intense spa therapy you can also visit one of the 8 indoor baths that are located just across Loutra beach.

LOCAL DELICACIES!

Kythnos’ nutrition consists of fresh fish, thyme honey, wild herbs, grapes & figs, soft feta-like cheese and numerous of other seasonal veg & fruits. 

The day starts (and even finishes) with a Pitaro, Kythnos’ cheese-pie version with local cheese made with soft or crispy dough. On the same category, you can enjoy the same shape of pie but with spinach filling instead of cheese. It’s called Kolopi and it’s a lighter and healthier option. 
For those with a sweet tooth, Kythnos is also famous for its sweet star-shaped pies made with local cheese, fresh eggs, aniche and honey. Ask for it at a bakery or at the local tavernas. 
Your taverna order should never be missing Sfougata which are small round cheese-balls made with soft local cheese, and you never can have just one.