Holidays in Kythnos island
The unpretentiously beautiful island of Kythnos or Thermià dominates the Cyclades Complex, keeping up to date a past times pure aura!
Capital is Chora or Messaria. The white houses with the colorful doors and windows and the flowery gardens; the cobbled, labyrinthine streets; the “stegadia”, the arches, the small squares, the traditional windmills and the picturesque chapels compose a beautiful residential complex! It is worth browsing in the narrow streets and enjoying a coffee or food in the tiny shops of the settlement.
Chora’s port is the settlement of Loutra. This is the most touristic part of Kythnos; famous for its hot mineral springs (Agion Panton and Kakavos). In this seaside village, except for the Hydrotherapy Spa Center, you will find beautiful taverns where you can enjoy your food by the sea. If you love adventure, in Loutra you can find a diving center; caves, reefs, corals and shipwrecks are just some of the "secrets" of this island’s sea bottom, waiting to be discovered!
Continue your trek in Kythnos, with a visit to the ruins of the Castle of Oria or Katakefalou, which dominate the site of the medieval capital of the island (in the wider region of Loutra), carrying memories of the distant past! Browse among the remnants of the walls, the dilapidated houses and the old churches and admire the charm of the unspoiled nature!
The second largest settlement of Kythnos is serene Dryopida, which is invisible from the sea; built to hug the hills. The white houses with gardens full of flowers and the bright red roofs compose a unique residential complex which differs from the traditional style of the Cycladic architecture. Walk into the narrow streets and spend some time in the old churches and the beautiful squares in this picturesque village. Dryopida’s major attractions are the War Memorial, the Folklore Museum as well as the Ecclesiastical and Byzantine Museum. Near the village, there is Katafiki Cave with an amazing decor.
Dryopida’s port is Merihas. There, you will find a café/bar, pastry shops and taverns. Do not leave the island without enjoying the sunset from the Cape Marco, definately among the most beautiful of the Cyclades!
In the untouched and pristine island of Kythnos, the wild beauty of the barren soil blends masterfully with the dazzling white of the houses and the deep blue of the sea, creating a place with successive images’ alternations which captivate the eye and intrigue the senses...
Kythnos has beautiful beaches with golden sand and crystal clear waters. On the eastern shore, the famous Kolona beach; the most popular beach of the island unfolds. There, a strip of sand separates the sea in the middle, connecting Kythnos with the island of Agios Loukas (St. Luke). Although Agios Loukas (St. Luke) is a short walk away, you can, approach with the excursion boats starting from Merihas. Next to Kolona, in a beautiful natural environment, the beautiful beach of Fikiada unfolds. On the same side of the island there are the small beach of Martinakia, the crowded beach of Merichas, the great Flampouria beach and the quiet Mavrianos beach.
On the northwestern coast of Kythnos, the beautiful beach of Agios Sostis, with wonderful deep waters unfolds. Nearby, there is Loutra beach.
In the western part of Kythnos you will find the lively and extensive beach of Megali Ammos Kanalas, which unfolds in the right gulf, under the church of Panagia Kanala. In the left gulf, you'll find Antonides beach.
In southern Kythnos, you will find the beautiful sandy beach of Agios Dimitrios and, nearby, the small Petrousa beach. If you prefer solitary dives, you will certainly fell in love with the beaches of Simousi and Stifo which unfold on the southeastern coast of Kythnos.
- The ruined Windmills
- The Monastery of Panagia Nikous
- Kanala Village
- Panagia Kanala Monastery
- The Wind and Solar Energy Park
- Apokrousi beach
- Episkopi beach
- Martinakia beach
- Kolona beach
- Fykiada beach
- Grated Cheese
- Thyme Honey
- Almond Sweets
- Pasteli (Nougat)
- Spoon Sweets
- Marinated, Sun-dried Fish
- Thermiotiki Pie
- Kalopita (Spinach Pie)
- Strapatsada (Scrambled Eggs with Tomato) with Zucchini
- Local Wine
How to get there
Travelling by boat
Kythnos can be reached by boat from the ports of Piraeus and Lavrio with the ships of Blue Star Ferries, NEL Lines and Cyclades Ferries.
For more information on the ferry routes to kythnos visit the web sites of the companies:
Connection with other islands
Kythnos is connected with other Cycladic islands like Syros, Kea, Paros, Naxos, Milos, Kimolos, Folegandros, Sikinos, Ios, Sifnos, Serifos and Santorini with the ships of NEL Lines and ANEK Lines.
For more information on the ferry routes visit the web sites of the companies:
Transfer within the Island
For your transportation on the island you can use the Intercity Buses (KTEL Bus of Kythnos) as well as taxies.
During your stay in Kythnos, you can be served for health issues:
Regional Clinic which is located in the area of Dryopida, Tel: (+30) 22810 32234
Community Clinic of Chora, Tel: (+30) 22810 31202
Useful phone numbers
Kythnos Port Authority: (+30) 22810 32290
Police Station of Kythnos: (+30) 22810 31201
Community Clinic of Chora: (+30) 22810 31202
Regional Clinic: (+30) 22810 32234