Kythnos is a harsh, rocky island with healing waters and a nice variety of
things to do, lazy days by the sea and a good, but not too busy
Even though it is practically without vegetation, the locals live off
growing olives and making wine besides tourism. The island is a little
bit different from the other Cycladic islands, since its architecture is
quite varied, and parts of the villages are quite modernized.
History The island is believed
to have been settled by the Driopes in the 12th century BC, and their
leader was called Kythnos. They were very well organised, and their
society impressed even the likes of Aristotle.
The wells of the island were well known even in ancient years, and
people from the mainland and the neighbouring island would come here to
be cured from various diseases.
Kitnos was conquered by the Macedonians in the 4th century BC, and the
Romans cane in the 2nd century BC, using the island as a place for
The Venetians came in the beginning of the 13th century, and were to
rule here until the Turks invaded in the 16th century. This was a very
unhappy time for the islanders, since they not only had to suffer
constant pirate raids, but the plague as well.
What to See : Loutra ("Baths")is
a small village where there are hot wells, reputed for their healing
waters since antiquity.
Chora is the island's capital, and is a picturesque village in medieval
style. Here, you can visit the Church of Trinity.
Driopis is also a very pretty village, with typically winding streets
and laid-back atmosphere. There is a small folklore museum here.
In Kanala there is a small church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, with
icons of healing powers.
What to Do
:Kythnos is an island for relaxing, so bring good books and snorkelling
gear. You can also visit the warm baths in Loutra and even get a massage.
In Kythnos there are a few good beaches here that you can
either walk or take the boat to. Episkopi and Apokroussi are
very nice, but you can also stay in the harbour Merichas if
Nightlife: There are a couple of
bars on the island, and you'll find them in Chora, Loutra and Merichas.
Their atmosphere is laid-back and friendly. The younger audience usually
Food: You'll find some taverns in Chora
and Merichas. The Kopanisti cheese is made on the island and worth a try.
There are also a few places to eat in Kanala, Driopis and Episkopi.
Shopping: In Chora there are a few
shops that sell handpainted textiles in beautiful colours, leather and wood
objects as well as ceramics. You can also buy strangely formed shells - a
nice thing to decorate your bathroom with.
There are some bus connections on the island connecting the
villages and the harbour. You can also rent a moped, or take
the boat that goes to some of the beaches every day.
Getting There: The best thing
to do is to take a direct flight to Athens - the ferry from Pireus to
Kythnos only takes about three hours. Kythnos is also connected with
other Cycladic islands like Milos, Serifos, Sifnos and Santorini.
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| Size: 85 sq.km
||International code: 0030
|Population: about ca.1500
||Local code: 22810
|Cash machine: Yes
||Port Police 32290
||Tourist Police: 31201
|Price rate: below average
||Telephone company (OTE)
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