The most famous beach of Kythera. There are 120 stone steps starting at the parking area and finish just a few meters from the sea and the pebble beach. Just 1.5 km from Paleopolis in the eastern side of Kythera.
At the village of Agia Pelagia there are about 7 beaches laying in a 3 klm area. Passing through the beaches of Neos Kosmos, Lorenzos and Firi Ammos at the end of the road is located Kakia Lagada’s beach. It is a blue flag beach (international symbol of high quality). You can enjoy your sunbath gazing the Cape Malia Peloponnese.
FYRI AMMOS AT AGIA PELAGIA
One of the two beaches on the island by the name Firi Ammos,is located in a short distance from the village of Agia Pelagia and named after the red colour of t he sand.
Between Fyrri Ammos and Kakia Lagada. One of Kythera’s beaches with crystal clear waters, sand and pebble.
The beach of Neos Cosmos is next to themain beach of Agia Pelagia and seashore is full of pebbles and sand. Straight view to Neapoli of Peloponnese.
Blue crystal water, fine sand and a fantastic view of the small island of Chytra .In the southwestern part of the island access through Livadi and Drymonas.
A quiet beach, surrounded by a rocky landscape and blue water. In the Northern side of the island. From the main road leading from Karavas to Platia Ammos follow the road next to the house with huge bougainvillea to get to Fourni beach.
Kobonada is a beach known for its white pebbles and blue waters. In the eastern part of the island.
A small beautiful beach in the western side of the island with a view to the vast sea of the Mediterranean. Accessed by the road starting from Logothetianika. Surrounded by huge cliffs.
It is a few kilometers away of the village Kalamos. A seashore of pebbles.
An exotic beach located at Kythera with shallow and turquoise water and a divine white sand. Located in the northeastern side of the island, one of the most beautiful locations of Kythera near the main port.
Located near Mylopotamos village and is suitable for those who want to relax away from the noisy crowds. The water is crystal clear and deep, if you have a mask you will be able to observe the seabed, approximately at the center, is immersed an old cannon. Probably comes from a sunken pirate ship. One of the most beautiful beaches of Kythera, which is located at the end of the gorge of Agia Sofias’ cave.You can go by boat or descending the cliffs with assistance of a rope attached.
You can sunbath with a magnificent view of Chytra and the castle of Chora. One side of the beach is pebbly and one with sand.
The capital of the island. In the southern part along with Kapsali is one of the most picturesque villages with narrow streets and the Venetian castle, built in 1503.
Perhaps the most picturesque village of Kythira. In the eastern part of Kythira, seaside village with picturesque white houses and the Venetian fortress - observatory.
A village full of legends and traditions with a square under the trees,an old church, running water and ducks. Narrow streets between the stone houses with the wonderful architecture. At the end of the village is Cato Chora, a ruined Venetian settlement, the cave of Agia Sophia, the waterfall of Fonissa and the small monastery of Panagia Orfani.
Located in the northern part of the island after the village Potamos among the trees, running water and the springs of Amir Ali and Portokalia. The architecture is the main feature of the village. Beautiful buildings and houses with a particular identity.
Is a big village and the a great market.A beautiful square in which every Sunday there is a traditional street market.
LIGHTHOUSE OF MOUDARI
The lighthouse is located in the northern point of the island,at the Spathi cape. It is built during the British ruling and is the largest built by the British in Greece and one of the largest in the Mediterranean.
WATERFALL OF FONISSA
In the picturesque village Mylopotamos will find a sign “ Waterfall Fonissa" that leads to an idyllic place with tropical greenery, beautiful bridges, stone made paths and streams, in a ravine rich in vegetation with poplars and sycamores.
One of the most impressive parts of the island is the islet Chytra or otherwise Avgo (Egg), which is a short distance across the port of Kapsali. It features a sea cave on the south side with colorful water. At the end of the cave there is a shelter for seals so called "Fokospilia".
CASTLE OF PALAIOCHORA
One of the most important archaeological sites of the island, is the damaged fortress of Paleochora, the Byzantine old capital. Monemvasians built it during the 12th century and called it Agios Dimitrios.It is located in the northern side of the island, between a natural stronghold in a wild deep gorge.
CASTLE OF CHORA
The most characteristic monument of the island the castle of Chora or "Fortezza" so the locals call it, was built in the 13th century when the Venetians ruled the island. The 'Eye of Crete' as they called it because of its strategic position, observing the movement of ships among the three seas . The Historical Archive of Kythira housed in the headquarters of the castle of Chora is one of the greatest Venetian archives of whole Greece.
AGIA SOFIA ‘S CAVE
A few kilometers away from the picturesque village of Mylopotamos. The Agia Sofia cave as named due the local tradition, it is said that the body of Saint Sofia was found at this location.
One of the most imposing monuments of Kythera is that stone bridge. It was built during the period of British rule and is the largest stone bridge built in Greece. The length reaches 110m. the height of 15m. and the width of 6m. Its characteristic is that it rests on 13 arches in perfect symmetry and 12 lockers. The construction was designed by the same Makfeil, who supervised it and the project was completed in 1826 to be part of the road that connected the capital with Avlemonas and simultaneously the biggest engineering project of the British in Kythira. Due to its exceptional architecture can accept loads much larger than those planned. The myth wants the British governor of the island Makfeil fell in love with a young lady from the homonymous village. He decided to build near the house a bridge to oversee daily ,so he could see her.
TEMPLE OF AFRODITE PALAIOKASTRO
So, where was the beautiful ancient goddess Aphrodite born after all? We have many reasons to believe she was born in Kythera and much evidence to prove it! In one of the most amphitheatric parts of the island, mountain Paleokastro, at an altitude of 253m and three kilometers away from the coastal region of Skandia, was the temple of Aphrodite! Paleokastro spreads over an area of 145 acres and according to Thucydides, this was the site of “Ano (upper) Kythera”. On the top of the mountain lies the church of Agioi Anargyroi (Saints Cosmas and Damian), built in the 7th century AD, surrounded by the columns and Doric capitals of Aphrodite’s temple! Both inside and outside the church you can observe relics of the modest ancient sanctuary of Aphrodite, dating from the 6th century. Some of the temple’s columns are left whole while others are broken. There are also ancient limestone capitals, a few limestone boulders and part of an epistyle. When the famous archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann visited Kythera at the end of last century, he expressed the opinion that the temple of Aphrodite, which declined during the first Christian centuries and gradually disappeared along with the statue of the goddess, should have been in that same place or somewhere nearby. Approximately 400 meters west of the church of Agios Cosmas, in a place called "Kolones" (columns), two upright pillars of the ancient temple stood until the end of the 18th century. Paleokastro bears the mark of three cultures, the ancient Greek, Christian and later popular culture. It has experienced disasters, pillaging, barbarian invasions and pirate violence. Nowadays’ visitors of Paleokastro constantly stumble upon porous rocks, small pillars and various other architectural remains of the ancient settlement, built in the beautiful rural houses nearby. There is also an ancient well with a limestone curb. Nicobey, an excursionist who visited Kythera, mentions that there was a statue of Helen of Troy, which was later transferred to Venice. He also refers to the legend that on this site Helen and Paris celebrated their love after her abduction and there was also a castle of Menelaus and a square tower.
According to the myth of the birth of Aphrodite, Kronos cut off the genitals of Uranus and threw them into the sea. As the waves pushed the bloody flesh, white foam formed around it, gradually taking the shape of a woman. When the foam reached the shores of Paphos in Cyprus, the woman came ashore. Thus was born a beautiful goddess, named Aphrodite because she came from the foam (aphros). She was also called “emerging”, as she emerged from the waves, “Cypris” (Lady of Cyprus) after the island she first set foot ashore and “Kytherea” (Lady of Kythera) because it is said that the foam passed by Kythera before arriving in Cyprus.
A peer school. The most beautiful and best-preserved building of the British period settled on a hill between Fatsadika and Livadi. The building has a vaulted roof and is perfectly built with perfect proportions and a lot of flair. It has around 11 huge Gothic windows.
The largest monastery of Kythira is located at the village of Myrtidia at the west side of the island and is built on a natural rocky opening. The image of the Virgin Mary Mirtidiotissa is the most precious relic of the island and is the protector of Kythera
MONASTERY OF AGIA ELESA
The view from the monastery is fantastic, especially during the sunset. It is built on one of the highest points in the south of the island.
MONI AGIOU THEODOROU
The Monastery of Osios Theodoros lies within a verdant area between the villages of Logothetianika, Aroniadika and Pitsinades. It is the place where Osios Theodoros, the island’s patron saint, lived as a monk in the10th century AD. Osios Theodoros was from Koroni and came from Monemvasia to the island to live ascetically.
S. JOHN'S CHURCH AT THE CLIFFS
Above the graphic harbour of Kapsali and at 100 meters altitude is the little church of saint John at the cliffs. stone stairs lead to the church entrance.
AGIA MONI MONASTERY
The monastery of Agia Moni is built on one of the highest mountains of Kythera and overlooks not only the coast of the Peloponnese but also the whole island. During the period of Dekapentismos the monastery cells are open to reside and there are many visitors coming to Kythera at the time. The Monastery celebrates on the 6th of August, the day of the Savior.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF KYTHERA
Anyone visiting Kythera shouldn’t miss the opportunity to admire up close the findings exhibited at the island’s Archaeological Museum, in Chora. The space housing the museum has been granted by the Kytherian Association. The Museum has two halls.
On the square of Kato Livadi you’ll find the Church of the Analipsis (Ascension), granted by the Holy Metropolis of Kythera to locate the collection of early Christian, Byzantine and post-Byzantine art. The collection contains murals, religious paintings and objects of religious ritual, icons, silver and metal objects and ceramics.