The Unique Island of Kythera
Kythera … a crossroad of cultures and people, an inspiration for great artists, a unique place with hospitable and warm-hearted people.
Legends refer to the island as the birthplace of Celestial Aphrodite, the deity of pure, platonic love.
Over the centuries Minoans, Phoenicians, Spartans, Athenians, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, English, and, at a later point in time, locals from Mani have left their mark across the island. You will find picturesque villages, built in harmony with nature and the landscape and characterized by architectural beauty. Forts built for protection, simple farm houses and two storey mansions, chapels, as well as magnificent monasteries with elaborately decorated bell towers, narrow backstreets and imposing bridges, watermills by the streams and windmills on the hills, all form together the unique character of this location.
Places to visit nearby:
Agia Pelagia: a seaside village, where tourism has developed significantly over the recent years. You will find hotels, small and large, built on the picturesque hills of the village and many tourist shops along the village’s beach. A series of red and white sandy beaches are located west of the village, as well as the canyon of Kakia Lagada which opens into the sea.
Potamos: A shopping center north of the island, with beautiful old mansions of unique architecture. It was formerly known as the “Lady of the Village”, when a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary of Ilariotissa was built there, her icon being said to have been brought from Jerusalem. The colourful and bustling bazaar of Potamos that is held every Sunday morning serves as a meeting point for the locals of Kythera.
Karavas-Platia Ammos: villages in the northern part of Kythera. The ravines of Karavas and Armigiali, sycamore trees, the path leading to the spring of Portokalia and the beautiful forest surrounding the villages, all constitute this location as the greenest part of the island. The view from Platia Ammo across the shore of the Peloponnese is one of a kind. There, you will also have the opportunity to visit the famous “Moudari Lighthouse” which is one of the largest and noteworthy lighthouses in Greece.