Kythera

Kythera (also written Cythera or Kythira) is an island opposite the south east part of the Peloponnese peninsula. It is also one of the main seven islands of the cluster referred to as the Ionian Islands but is the one that is the furthest from the others making it the southernmost island of the cluster.

The island administratively belongs to the Attica region and is strategically located between the Greek mainland and Crete, with which it connects via ferry.

The island is accessible by domestic flight from main airports in Greece (e.g. Athens) and by boat mainly from Neapolis, Athens and Crete.

Key Facts

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AREA

~ 300 square km

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AIRPORTS

1 Airport served by domestic flights

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POPULATION

~ 4.000

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PORTS

1 passenger port (Diakoftis)

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ALTITUDE

~ 500m

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ECONOMY

Mainly tourism

Kythera

Kythera is well known for its clean beaches and crystal clear waters, the castle of Chora, its rich wildlife, its churches and monasteries, the bridges from the British era, the waterfalls, the nature trails, the caves and the tranquility of of the locals.

Key points of interest include the capital (Chora) and its castle, the beaches Fyri Ammos (Kalamos), Kaladi, Komponada, Paleopolis and Diakofti, the Katouni Bridge, the caves of Agia Sophia (Kalamos, Agia Pelagia and Mylopotamos), the watermills in Mylopotamos, the windmills, Moudari Lighthouse, the churches and monasteries, the villages, the islands of Antikythera and Hydra and the hiking routes.

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