Holidays in Kythira island
The island of Kythira stands out both for its rare natural beauty and for its geographic position, since it is located in the passage between Crete and the Peloponnese, the Ionian Sea and the Central Greece. For these reasons and many more others, for years, it has been an attractive destination. Diakofti main port is the starting point for exploring the rest of the island. It is a town much appreciated by tourists with many shops and a beautiful homonymous beach nearby. The most picturesque village on the island is Avlemonas with fascinating bays and green waters. Other beaches which stand out are Kalami in Mylopotamos, Lagkada and Kaladi beaches; the last one is probably the best beach on the island. Equally beautiful beach is Melidoni beach, while more exotic getaways which you can reach by boat are found on Chitra islet just a few kilometers from the port of Kapsali.
Apart from the beautiful beaches of the island of Kythira, it has exceptional mountainous sights such as the 22 watermills near Langadhià Mylopotamou, the Venetian Castle of Chora, the Temple of Aphrodite and Katouni Bridge. Other seaside sights of great interest are the Elgin wreck and the Lighthouse in Moudari. Kythira is located at the crossroads of many major cities and tourist destinations. For this, you can easily combine it with your other trips in Greece. Coastal connections with Neapoli, Heraklion, Corfu, Kefalonia and Piraeus exist, while there are daily flights from Athens.
How to get there
Travelling by plane
To reach Kythira, you can fly from Athens, from Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, on a direct flight, within approximately 45 minutes. For more information on the air services schedule of Olympic Air to Kythira visit the company's site:
Moreover, there are domestic flights, connecting Kythira with Heraclion of Crete, Zakynthos and Kefalonia.
Travelling by car
To reach Kythira you can also drive from Athens via the National Highway from Corinth to Tripoli (320 km distance - 5 hours and 30 minutes ride). After passing Tripoli, you will keep heading for the city of Sparta and then for Monemvasia and after passing the town of Molai you will keep heading for Neapoli and Elafonisos. At the port of Neapoli you will take the ferry boat to get across to Kythira (Get your ferry tickets in time!).
From the port of Piraues
Travelling by boat
From the port of Piraeus you can take the ferry boat of LANE Lines to Kythira (approximately 7 hours trip).
Travelling by car
To reach Kythira from Kalamata, you will take the road from Kalamata to Sparta. Once you pass Sparta, you will follow the signs to Monemvasia and Neapoli. From Neapoli you can get across to Kythira by ferry boat. (168 km distance - approximately 4 hours ride).
During your stay in Kythira, you can be served for health issues:
Hospital of Chora, Tel: (+30) 27360 33325
Health Center of Neapolis, Tel: (+30) 27360 22222, 22500
Useful phone numbers
Diakofti Port Authority: (+30) 27360 34222
Kythira Airport: (+30) 27360 33292
Police Station of Chora: (+30) 27360 31206
Police Station of Potamos: (+30) 27360 33222
Hospital of Chora: (+30) 27360 33325
Health Center of Neapolis: (+30) 27340 22222, 22500
Intercity Bus of Neapolis: (+30) 27340 23222