The island

Kythnos, also known as Thermia because of its thermal springs, is located in the Western Cyclades group of islands in the Aegean Sea, between Kea and Serifos. Your journey will last only 1h 45 min from Lavrion port and three hours from Piraeus port. Lavrion port is 25 km away from Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”.

Kythnos is a small island, covering approximately 100 km2 of land, with a coastline of about 100 km. It has 92 coves, inlets and beaches with crystal-clear water, most of which are accessible by road. Worthy to note is the iconic Kolona beach with its crescent-shaped isthmus of fine sand; the biggest beach of the island, Apokrousi; and the big, golden beach of Kanala. The island has two big settlements, Chora and Dryopida. Chora is a traditional, Cycladic village with winding, cobbled streets, stone arches, many small squares, and beautiful churches. Dryopida, locally known as Chorio, has traditional tiled houses of pretty architecture, old churches, beautiful squares and small windmills. Merichas is the port of the island, and it is located on the West coast of the island. There is also the seaside village, Kanala, on the East side of the island, where the pine forest blends with its golden shores, creating a distinct impression. Its name comes from the church Panagia Kanala with the miraculous image of Holy Mary, which, according to tradition, was found by fishermen in the canal. At the Northeast end of the island, there is a village with a marina, Loutra, known for its thermal springs.

Kythnos has many historical treasures that reveal its long history: remains of walls and many temples dedicated to the ancient gods Aphrodite, Apollo and Demeter; the old walled city of Vryokastro; the ancient harbour in Mandraki; the Castle of Oria to name a few. You may also visit the Museum of local art, the Byzantine Museum and the Agricultural Museum. Kythnos is also the site of one of the largest caves in Greece, Katafyki Cave, in Dryopida, with stalactites and stalagmites.

In July and August, the villagers organise many cultural and religious festival events to revive their customs.

Despite its proximity to Athens, Kythnos has remained unspoilt and is perfect for both who like an active and peaceful life. And that’s what makes it unique and a big attraction for visitors; a charming island where you can truly live the Greek ‘experience’ from the land, the people and folklore, hospitality, local gastronomy, architecture, style, creations, history, culture, lifestyle, entertainment and much more…