The drop-shaped island of Kea or Tzia as it called by the locals is the nearest Cycladic Island to the mainland of Attica and Athens. Although Kea seems to attract more mainland locals than foreign visitors, there are several charming hotels for you to stay. Kea wears its charms quietly in a rare slow paced way of life.According to mythology, Kea’s first inhabitants were the Nymphs, but the jealous Gods sent out a lion to Kea to extinguish them. The island suffered from the drought and only but building a temple to mighty god Zeus, started raining again. There is evidence that there were Neolithic settlements on Kea Island. The island flourished in the archaic period as an important centre of economy and culture with philosophers and poets. Kea gets under the Venetian and then the Ottoman Rule suffering from constant pirate raids and population decrease.
Kea spans an area of 128,9 sq. km. with a total population of 2.417 residents. The islet nearest to Kea is Makronisos on the northwest and is currently uninhabited but in the past it has been used as place of imprisonment for Greek communists. The island closer to Kea is Kythnos on the south and the mainland of Attica on the northwest.Ioulida is the capital of the island and a charming Cycladic landscape built on a hill with marvellous view. A network of footpaths spreads on Kea and offers a unique chance of enjoying walking. The famous smiley lion of Kea lies on a stone path in Ioulida. Its enigmatic smile adds to the stone lion a sense of mystery about its purpose and existence.Korissia is the main port of Kea and next to it there is Gialiskari Beach. Two beautiful sandy beaches are also Otzias and Pisses with orchards and olive groves growing next to it. In central and Eastern Kea you can find also forests of Royal Oak, some of the few that have remained in the Aegean.
In Kea try the local cheese and honey. Because of its fertility there are vegetables and nuts.
Police: +30 22880 21100Port Authorities of Kea: +30 22880 21344Medical Services: +30 22880 22200
From May to September
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AmorgosAmorgos offers a combination of white, blue and grey scenery that is perfectly balanced. As a typical landscape of a greek island in Cyclades, Amorgos has extent pieces of rocky land with minimal vegetation, resulting in a dominating and imposing landscape with steep slopes of the eastern side, beautiful...2
AnafiAnafi is a little island that lies outside the mainstream, being the totally opposite to the famous island of Santorini. Anafi opens the gate to a slow-paced traditional lifestyle alongside with striking Cycladic landscapes and small and serene hotels. It is like going back in time, when life used to...3
AndrosAndros being proud and noble has the most distinct and different character of all the islands of the complex of Cyclades. It has white traditional houses and neoclassical mansions that many of them are now luxury hotels. Andros has rich vegetation and abundant water but also the typical frugal landscape...4
AntiparosAntiparos is a small island bathed in the light of the Aegean and in tranquillity. Antiparos is the perfect antidote of the busy island of Paros which is less than a mile across. Quaint fishing boats and numerous cafes, fish taverns, restaurants are crowded along the waterfront, while in the rest of...5
DonoussaDonoussa is a small island in the Cyclades that still remains untouched by the modern lifestyle and tourism. It is part of ‘Little Cyclades’ as is used to refer to the group of islands of Donoussa, Schinoussa, Koufonissi and Iraklia. This miniature of heaven on earth is a destination with few hotels...6
FolegandrosFolegandros is a rigid rock mountain peek, a genuine form of wild and harsh beauty. It is popular as an alternative destination for tourists who claim more relaxation rather intense night life. Folegandros Island offers several hotels for you to choose among and some of the most impressive beaches of...7
IosThe island of Ios apart from the stunning beaches and the wide range of hotels has also famous and intense nightlife being literally the upcoming rival to Mykonos. The typical Cyclades-style landscape of white houses with courtyards full of flowers and narrow alleys is the scenery in daytime. When the...9
KeaThe drop-shaped island of Kea or Tzia as it called by the locals is the nearest Cycladic Island to the mainland of Attica and Athens. Although Kea seems to attract more mainland locals than foreign visitors, there are several charming hotels for you to stay. Kea wears its charms quietly in a rare slow...10
KimolosKimolos is an island in Cyclades that has long lived in the shadow of its more popular neighbour island of Milos. This has protected the genuine beauty of Kimolos which is rarely mentioned on the hotspot list for tourists and the main source of visitors are the short-trip ones from Milos. Despite these...12
KythnosKythnos could be described more of a weekend destination for mainlanders rather than a popular destination for foreign tourists. Yet, Kythnos has developed tourist infrastructure with many hotels and accommodation facilities. It is a typical island of Cyclades with lovely beaches and traditional architecture...13
MilosMilos has the most beaches of any other island in Cyclades and a dramatic coastal landscape with colourful and crazy rock formations. The name of Milos became famous because of the beautiful statue Venus de Milo made of marble of Paros Island and that is now exhibited in the Museum of Louvre. The beautiful...14
MykonosMykonos is in the centre of tourist interest in Greece as the famous island stands dazzling and ethereal in the bright light, while captivating visitors’ senses with a feeling of love at first sight. Mykonos has been described as cosmopolitan, vivacious and tolerant but above all it is a Greek island...15
NaxosNaxos has a great variety of different landscapes offering stunning vistas. Nowhere else in the Cyclades could you find lofty mountains, fertile valleys, plateaus, springs, rivers, caves and endless beaches. Naxos is the well-kept secret of Cyclades with charming hotels and numerous restaurants serving...16
ParosThe beauty of Paros is mirrored in the glittering waters of Aegean Sea and its fame as has exceeded the borders of Greece. Paros captures the light of the sun and shines, as the white marble that came out from its heart. The centre of the cosmopolitan island of Paros lies behind the main port with narrow...17
SantoriniSantorini is one of the most famous Greek islands worldwide and it has any right to be! The volcanic island of Santorini or Thira as it is called officially deserves all the superlatives. Some of the best hotels are located in Santorini facing the unique caldera, whereas the restaurants serve dishes...18
SchinoussaSchinoussa, differs from any other small island in Cyclades having a kind of exotic beauty. The island of Schinoussa belongs to the group of islands that forms “Lesser Cyclades” which is formed by Donoussa, Koufonisia, Irakleia and Schinoussa. There are beautiful beaches with light blue water and...19
SerifosThe island of Serifos is rocky and barren in general with the only exceptions being the areas where vegetables and vine are cultivated. Serifos receives a great amount of visitors each year mainly for the beautiful beaches and the peaceful life style of the residents. Serifos has good tourist facilities...20
SifnosSifnos hides its charms behind the high barren hills, among the olive groves and the lovely traditional villages. Sifnos Island is rising rapidly as a popular destination for holidays with many hotels and tourist services of good quality. The combination of rich local culture, delicious cuisine and beautiful...21
SikinosA trip to Sikinos is another wonderful escape from modernity and the tourist crowded neighbouring islands like Santorini and Ios. Yet the island of Sikinos is not smaller but not so densely populated. The tourist development in the recent past decades has offered to visitors many hotels to choose among...22
SyrosSyros is the administrative centre of Cyclades, thanks to the advantageous, natural port, fact that has rendered Syros in the past as the main harbour of Greece. Syros is very close to Athens and the combination of culture and relaxation that offers make it the ideal destination. Syros has a unique landscape...23
ThirassiaThirasia is the largest volcanic island near Santorini, only 1 mile from Oia. It was excised by the west coast of Santorini after the earthquake and the volcanic eruption in 1500 BC. You can reach it by caique either from the port of Ammoudi to the port of Manolas in Korfos or by ferry boat from Athinios...24
TinosTinos is a famous destination for Christian Orthodox pilgrims, a destination for meditation and a source of spiritual strength and courage. Besides that, Tinos is a beautiful island, easy to access from mainland and a place for travellers who prefer tracks off the beaten path. It pays for a visit to...
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