The village of Dryopida in Kythnos

dryopidaDryopida in Kythnos, built between hills, invisible from the sea and sheltered from the winds, has an originality compared to the other Cycladic settlements, its houses all have tiled roofs, a fact due to the ceramic art that flourished on the island .
It received its current name during the reign of King Otto in honor of the pre-Hellenic race of Dryopi who lived on the island in the archaic era. Old churches, beautiful little squares, picturesque alleys and arches fascinate the visitor.

Dryopida fully preserves its picturesque character, remaining less touristically developed and quieter than Chora. Full of uphill and downhill alleys (without passing vehicles) a walk will pay you off especially in the evening!! In the village square there are many taverns, cafes and coffee shops.

churchIn Dryopida you can see the Byzantine Museum with gospels, icons and crosses of the 18th and 19th centuries, bronze and gilded ecclesiastical vessels, wood carvings, epitaph of the 18th century. with depictions of the life of Christ and a wood-carved gilded iconostasis, the Folklore Museum with traditional costumes, household utensils, old furniture, embroidery, textiles and more.

The Fallen Memorial, the Katafyki Cave with rich decoration of stalactites, the Taxiarchis Church, once Catholic of the monastery (three-aisled basilica with a dome), in the Belidi location north of Dryopida, the Church of Agios Ioannis the Forerunner, which dominates a hill with a panoramic view, of excellent architecture, once the Catholic monastery, the Church of Agios Nektarios, with a wonderful view of the sea and the sunset, and the chapel of Agios Athanasios, at the intersection to Kalos Livadi.


It is also worth seeing the Church of Agios Minas, with its highly valuable wood-carved iconostasis, its excellent folk art Despotic throne, and the also wonderful Epitaph. On another elevated point is the pericalli temple of the Holy Forerunner to which you can come the sunset time to admire the view.