Kythera or Tsirigo is the name of the island conquered by the Venetians and is one of the Ionian Islands in Greece. Due to its geographical position it officially belongs to Athens. Its location is between the Peloponnese and Crete, in Spartan bay.
Kythera. Generic info
Kythera is known as the island of Aphrodite. According to the legend of Isiodos it was where the most beautiful goddess of Olympus was born. The island was dominated by the Spartans, the Athenians and the Macedonians and later the Russians. The name of the island comes from the Kythiro, the leader of the Phoenicians who were the first people to live on the island.
The island has stunning landscapes of natural beauty, beaches, and different villages, each with unique beauty. The island’s ambience is that of romance, created from the traditional style of most buildings on the island, Byzantine churches and Venetian castle. Each summer several festivals are arranged with local products celebrating the history of the island, keeping the tradition alive.
Kythera, is a traditional island that does not have mass tourism or commercialization and therefore remains natural and quiet. Nevertheless every year it attracts tourists who seek peaceful holidays and enjoy the island of Aphrodite. There are many options, discover the beautiful countryside, relax on the beach, taste the delicious cuisine or enjoy a cool cocktail at the beach bar.
You should visit in Kythera
The castle of Kythera is built at Chora with view to the south. It is built by the Venetians in the 16th century and it is a very important sight of the island. Inside and around the castle there are many
churches which are dated back to the 15th century. One church is dedicated to Panagia Myrtidiotissa, the protector of the island.
Chora in Kythira. the capital of the island, stretches out around the Venetian castle of the 13th century – renovated by the Venetians in 1503. The island with the overwhelming view to the Cretan Sea. On the cliffs around the castle a small yellow jewel of a flower grows; sempreviva is peculiar to the island.
White little houses squeeze each other to fit in the narrow cobbled streets; that go whirling uphill and past tiny little churches and Venetian mansions with beautiful gardens. Your need for a rest will be met at the cafés of the two scenic squares of the village. But if you feel like having a delicious meal or a drink, walk downhill to Kapsáli.
Kapsali could be said to be the busiest spot for tourists. Full of cafés, taverns, bars and boasting a marina too, Kapsali is where the night of the island turns energetic; and eager for a meeting and romance.
The Byzantine capital of the island Paleochora and Kaki Lagada; the wonderful exit of Paleochora gorge.
Mylopotamos, the picturesque village at the west with the waterfalls of Fonissa and the Medieval Kato Chora with the Venetian castle and the Byzantine churches inside.
Avlemonas, the lovely small port with the Venetian castle. At Kythera there are numerous old churches and monasteries.
The main beaches are Diakofti, Paleopoli, Kalathi, Ocheles, Firi Ammos, Melidoni, Kapsali, Agia Pelagia, Fourni, Chalkos, Kabonada and Platia Ammos.
Agia Pelagia: The beach of the homonymous village with sand. It is located at the north side of the island near the villages Potamos and Karavas; an ideal beach for visitors who like to live near the beach. In summer they are organized games for various sports such as Beach Volley Tournament.
Agios Lefteris: A small beach located at the west side of the island with lovely colours.
Vroulea: A secluded small bay with sandy beach
Diakofti: A beach with white sand and shallow water.
Melidoni: A small and secluded beach located at the southwestern part of the island. A small bay with crystal water.
Platia Ammos: A tranquil beach located near the village Karavas. In the area have been built many, well cared rooms to let and restaurants for your lunch after swimming.
Firi Ammos: A beach with small multi-coloured pebbles.
Chalkos: It is a small but one of the loveliest beach of the southern part of Kythira; located near the village Kalamos, a crowded beach mainly for young people.