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Markato

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Markato was built during the British domination of the island in 1834, as the table testifies. It was to be used as a flea market. It was mainly used as a meat market, a fish market and a vegetable market. The villagers brought their goods to the market of the island’s capital to sell them. […]

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Cycling

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Cycling in Kythera requires the muscles and the lungs of an athlete.  As you get to know the island you will understand that this is far from being the ideal place for cycling! That is, unless you have a craving for rugged trails, since Kythera is an island of hills.  Nevertheless, there are places where […]

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Δημοσιεύθηκε στις 5 May 2020 | 3:51 am


Canyoning

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A wild and very beautiful gorge, also known as Kakia Lagada.  It starts in Palaiochora, a Byzantine citadel formally called Agios Dimitrios, and stretches all the way to the northern coast of Kythera, east of Agia Pelagia, to Limni (the lake).  The mouth of the gorge forms a lake, hence the name of the place. […]

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Δημοσιεύθηκε στις 5 May 2020 | 3:49 am


Sea Kayaking

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Do you love sea kayaking? Take your kayak and your equipment and try short distances along the coast of the island. We recommend the Avlemonas – Kombonada route, always along the coast. A slightly more difficult route is from Avlemonas to Diakofti. Try also the Kapsali – Melidoni and Lydodemos – Kalami routes. If you […]

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Δημοσιεύθηκε στις 5 May 2020 | 3:20 am


Climbing

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You are coming to a miniature of Greece. Beaches, waterfalls, canyons, trails, rocks. Rocks that you see around the castle of Chora, rocks protecting the most beautiful beaches that once protected Greek ancestors. Modern climbing in Greece began with a climbing trip to Plaka of Vardousia Mountain, in 1936, by a Greek climbing team in […]

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Ride in Waterfalls

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The ravine of Mylopotamos with its running waters starts from the center of the village and ends at Kalami beach. It is surrounded by plane trees and poplars and creates waterfalls and small paradise ponds. This ravine is bordered by 22 watermills used by the inhabitants to grind their grain in the past. The experience […]

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Hiking

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Discover Kythera on the trails. Kythera is a mountainous island that offers some beautiful walks. Between all these mountains, valleys and mountainsides there is a whole network of tracks and trails. In the past, when there were no automobiles and people were working in the field, trails were used to cut distances and time. Those […]

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Δημοσιεύθηκε στις 5 May 2020 | 3:09 am


Off Road Driving

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Drive to the most remote areas of the inland of Kythira! With its rich geomorphology, the island has a labyrinthine network of dirt roads that cross forest and rural areas. If you have a four-wheel car start exploring Kythera. You will discover dilapidated settlements, churches, pastures, vineyards and vines. You will pass ravines, springs and […]

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Diving in Kythera

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Underwater tourism and diving as part of a vacationing experience combine an ecological concept of diversion with the raising of environmental awareness and a generous shot of adrenaline! The island of Kythera boasts 90 km of coastline. The sea of Kythera is an ideal environment for diving given its excellent degree of translucency and underwater […]

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Kythera’s Springs

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The island of Kythera has many springs, most of which are in the central and northern parts of the island.  Some of the springs in the northern area contain minerals.  The most important springs are in Mylopotamos, Mitata, Viaradika, Gonies, Krya Vryssi, Peratis, Ocheles, Petrouni and Karavas. 1. Kaloyerou behind Agios Nikolas 2. Petrouni 3. […]

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Red Valerian

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It belongs to the Valerian family. It is an ornamental plant and this is why it is often found cultivated in gardens. When uncultivated, it grows in rocky fields. Scientific Name:
 Centranthus ruber Family: 
 Valerianaceae Kythera Name: – Name in other places of Greece:
 Analatos, Moscholios, Plemonochorto, Erpini Collection: It is mainly found in cultivated […]

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Δημοσιεύθηκε στις 11 March 2020 | 5:16 pm


Agriagginara

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This wild artichoke with its characteristic white flower and its thorny leaves widely spread on the land prefers offshore areas of our country. It is a plant with interesting distribution over the Aegean sea. It is found in Crete and Southern Greece. Apart from Greece it is also found in Cyprus. In Kythera it exists mostly at […]

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Boranga (borage)

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It is an one-year plant rich in potassium and nitrites which give to it numerous pharmaceutical usages. It is a villous plant. Its leaves are edible. It attracts bees and it is used in bee hiving. Its scent reminds of cucumber. Ancient people used it against melancholy. Scientific Name: Borago officinalis Family: Boraginaceae Kythera Name: Boranzza […]

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Δημοσιεύθηκε στις 11 March 2020 | 5:08 pm


Crocus

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Homer mentions croci for its usage as a condiment and as a coloring plant. They prefer places where there are no other plants. Their narrow leaf is characteristic. In Greece, there are about 20 different (indigenous) species of crocus. Of course there is also cultivated crocus. Scientific Name: Crocus sieberi Family:
 Iridaceae Kythera Name:
 Krokos Name […]

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Eucalyptus

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It is indigenous Australian tree. It was planted on the island at individual houses, squares and plots and also in great numbers (Gerakari, Potamos etc.). It has great requirements in water and this is why it flourished in places like Karavas and Mylopotamos. Eucalyptus leaves and fruits have essential oils that are healing, and this […]

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Δημοσιεύθηκε στις 11 March 2020 | 4:59 pm


Bay Laurel

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It is a bush that under certain conditions may become a tree and in some cases it may be quite big. It stands drought and it develops faster if it has water. Big and many bay trees exist in Mylopotamos, Karavas and also anywhere there is plenty of water. Bays are also found next to […]

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Δημοσιεύθηκε στις 10 March 2020 | 1:10 pm


Apiganos (fringed rue)

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Its scent is very intense. It was known to ancient people. Athinaios mentions that it was used as poison antidote. Additionally, it was used for nervous system conditions (epilepsy, hysteria etc). It is mentioned in Gospel of Luke and Matthew. It was related with prejudices during the Middle Ages. Scientific Name:
 Ruta chalepensis Family: Rutaceae […]

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Δημοσιεύθηκε στις 10 March 2020 | 1:06 pm


Apple sage

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It is very characteristic aromatic and bee keeping plant of Kythera. Its leaves which are collected on September and then dried out, are used to prepare maybe the most popular drink of Kythera. It has many pharmaceutical properties. Scientific Name: Salvia pomifera, Σάλβια η μηλοφόρος Family: Lamiaceae (or Labiatae) Kythera Name:
 Faskomilia, Faskomilea Name in other […]

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Δημοσιεύθηκε στις 10 March 2020 | 12:52 pm


Mantilida

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It is one of the most common spring flowers which is spread all over Kythera. Its tender buds, before its blooming, are edible, but mostly at the southern part of the island. At the northern part, mantilida is called the white variety which is also the one they prefer. Scientific Name: Chrysanthemum coronarium Family:  Asteraceae (or […]

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Gorgoyiannis (wild clary)

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It is considered to be a weed even though this turfy plant has many pharmaceutical properties known from ancient years. Ancient people appreciated it a lot and considered it panacea for all diseases. There are stories saying that if one put some seeds of this weed within his/her eye, it would heal the pain, it […]

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Wild celery (Alexanders)

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It is a sleek, biannual plant, with thick bud and deep green leaves. It is usually found on rocky shadowy locations and at uncultivable lands. It is a plant similar to celery and it has aromatic roots, leaves and fruits. It cooking importance in relation to celery is low. Scientific Name: Smyrnium olusatrum Family: Apiaceae […]

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Wild lavender

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It is a plant aromatic – pharmaceutical and apart from its use as a drink it is also widely used as an essential oil. It is used in perfumery, soap making and pharmaceutical industry. Its flowers are placed in cupboards, scent them and eliminate moth. It is also known as French or Spanish Lavender. Scientific […]

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Venus hair fern

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It is a hygrophilous plant, and this is the reason it always grows on rocks close to taps, shafts or gullies with water. There are about 200 species of Adiantum all over the world, but in Greece this is the only one met. It was known to Dioskourides and Plinios who used it to fight […]

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March flower

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It is called March flower because it blossoms on March. It is found everywhere in Kythera from sandy beaches up to the high hills. Ancient Greek had dedicated this flower to goddess Artemis and considered it as a healing means for female minor problems. Scientific Name:
 Anthemis chia, Ανθεμίς η χία Family: 
 Asteraceae (or Compositae) Kythera […]

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Mallow

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A very common plant in Greece and Kythera. Plinios called it “food of the poor”. It is located very frequently on the streets shoulders, it is used in medicine and also as a vegetable from ancient times until today. Scientific Name:
 Malva sylvestris Family: Malvaceae Kythera Name:
 Molocha, Agriomolocha Name in other places of Greece: Agriomolocha, […]

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Kafkalithra (mediterranean hartwort)

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Dioskourides mentioned that during ancient times it was called Tordylium. It was recommended for kidney disease patients. It is one of the most important aromatic herbs of Greece. Scientific Name:
 Tordylium apulum Family: Apiaceae (or Umbelliferae) Kythera Name: Kafkalithra Name in other places of Greece: Kafkalithra, Myristira, Moscholachano Collection: It is found both in fields and […]

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Losmari

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Apart from its pharmaceutical properties and usages in cooking, rosemary is said to have the ability to clean the atmosphere and “drive away” bad spirits. It is used as a substitute of incense, as it is also stated by its name in Greek (rosemary = dendro-livano and incense = livani). Scientific Name: Rosmarinus officinalis Family: […]

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Δημοσιεύθηκε στις 10 March 2020 | 11:40 am


Fig

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Fig tree is one of the most common trees of the country as it is developing fast and very easily resulting to its presence even on walls. Flowers are tiny and hidden in the pyriform receptacle that during its maturity period is one of the sweetest fruits, the fig. Ancient people of Athens prohibited the […]

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Rock samphire

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From July to October, it is found almost at all the Kythera beaches. Its leaves are collected before blooming, they are soaked to brine and they are turned to pickles. Scientific Name: Crithmum maritimum Family: Apiaceae (or Umbelliferae) Kythera Name:
 Kritamo Name in other places of Greece:
 Kritamo, Almyra Collection: In beaches, sandy fields. Properties: It stimulates […]

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Δημοσιεύθηκε στις 10 March 2020 | 11:26 am


Hollyhocks

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Usually it is found cultivated as ornamental plant (since very long ago). It has pharmaceutical properties. Flowers have light pink to purple. Scientific Name: Althea pallida (There is also Althea rosea that is cultivated in gardens) Family: Malvaceae Kythera Name: Dentromolocha, Molocha Name in other places of Greece:
 Dentromolocha, Molocha Collection: It is in wet areas. […]

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Δημοσιεύθηκε στις 10 March 2020 | 11:22 am


Thyme

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Thyme and savory are two different plants. While their differences are hard to spot, beekeepers can discriminate easily these two plants on the spot, but they face some difficulties when they see it in photos. They are the most common and at the same time the most important aromatic plants as they are responsible for […]

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Katsoula (Wild Carrot)

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I may be the ancestor of cultivated carrot. In Kythera it is particularly dispersed. Often, its height is above one meter. During its blooming period, many insects are attracted by its big round and wide flower. Scientific Name:
 Daucus carota Family: Apiaceae Kythera Name: Katsoula Name in other places of Greece:
 Agrio karoto, Agriokaroto, Dafki, Agrodafki, Chavoutsi, […]

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Caper

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Its bud and leaves are turned to pickles and they have been used as seasoning since ancient times. It is found very frequently in the streets of the Kythera town. Scientific Name:
 Capparis spinosa Family: 
 Cappariaceae Kythera Name: Kappari Name in other places of Greece: Kappari Collection: Very often it grows on walls and ruins, on […]

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Pomegranate

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It is one of the plants that was dedicated to Aphrodite during antiquity. It is a rigid plant and it has been cultivated in Kythera since very long ago without some particular care. Scientific Name:
 Punica granatum Family: 
 Lythraceae, (Punicaceae) Kythera Name:
 Rodia, Rogdia Name in other places of Greece:
 Rodia, Roidia, Rogdia Collection: The useful […]

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Balm (St John’s wort)

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This plant is tinctorial. Yellow pigment that exists in its flowers is water-soluble, while red pigment that exists in stigmas and fruits is soluble in alcohol. Dioskourides mentions it as «askyron». In Kythera, people prepare a medicine for the healing of burns and wounds by mixing olive oil with St John’s wort flowers. Scientific Name:
 Hypericum […]

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Pine (Aleppo Pine)

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Pine does not belong to the old flora plants of Kythera, even though Gerard de Nerval (1808 – 1855) mentioned that he saw sporadically some pine trees during his visit to the island. Pine was planted in bulk many decades ago creating big or small forests in areas like Potamos, Gerakari, Myrtidia, Vroulea and Kapsali. Some […]

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Cypress

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Even though it is found as uncultivated, in many cases it appears as ornamental plant in gardens and fields where it is used as windbreak and also in cemeteries as it happens all over Greece. Boiled cypress cones and lentisk tufts in water after shampooing is a folk medicine against hair loss. Scientific Name:
 Cupressus […]

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Olive

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Systematic olive cultivation started in Kythera during the English domination. Until today it is the most important cultivation of the island in financial aspect. The most important variety cultivated in the island is koroneiki. Olive oil’s low acidity and its exquisite organoleptic characteristics rank Kythera oil among the perfect Greek olive oils. Scientific Name:
 Olea europea Family: […]

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Δημοσιεύθηκε στις 9 March 2020 | 5:15 pm


Artichoke

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It is an fine snack for many people despite its difficulty in peeling. In Kythera, people prefer them grilled with a lot of oil and kosher salt. This recipe is most probably known only in Kythera as in Crete they eat them mostly raw. Scientific Name: Cynara cardunculus, Κυνάρα η καρδούγκουλος Family: Asteraceae Kythera Name: Agrioagginara, […]

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Δημοσιεύθηκε στις 9 March 2020 | 5:07 pm


Chicory

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It grows along roads in wild and stony fields. It is one of the most common herbs we cut to boil before its bud blossoms. Scientific Name:
 Cichorium intybus Family: Asteraceae (or Compositae) Kythera Name: Radiki, Pikroradiko Name in other places of Greece:
 Radiki, Radikio(Crete island), Pikralida, Pikromaroulo, Pikra, Padoulia(Limnos island), Pikrokolla, Pikroradiko Collection: It is […]

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Chamomile

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Chamomile was named after its scent (land apple) and the first one to mention its beneficial properties is the father of medicine, Hippocrates who considered it emmenagogue and a medicine against hysteria. It is an aromatic and pharmaceutical plant. Christian tradition has dedicated chamomile to Saint George obviously because it blossoms about his/her name day […]

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Armyrithra

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One of the 25 indigenous medick species of Greece. It is a typical ammophilous species that prefers sandy beaches next to the sea where small crawling bushes are created. Scientific Name: Medicago marina Family: Fabaceae (or Leguminosae) Kythera Name: – Name in other places of Greece: Midiki, Armyrithra Collection: It is found in sandy beaches of […]

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Mandrake

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It is a plant known since ancient times for its pharmaceutical substances. It was used for the treatment of various diseases. Theofrastos and Dioskourides mention it. It is mentioned in the Bible for its aphrodisiac properties. Magical properties were also attributed to it and there was a rumor that whoever uproots it, dies. This is […]

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Almond tree

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It is very well acclimatized in Kythera and in many cases it grows alone. Even though it was systematically cultivated in Kythera (Karavas was one of the places with great and quality production), today its cultivation is almost abandoned. Scientific Name: Prunus dulcis, Prunus amygdalus Family: Rocaceae Kythera Name: Amygdalia Name in other places of Greece: Amygdalia […]

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Nettle

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Nettle is a valuable plant. It enhances the soil where it grows. It contains enzymes, iron, vitamins, various salts and formic acid. The last one is the substance causing the itching and also one of its names, “knidi” (hives). It is not so widely met in Kythera as it is in other places. It is mainly met […]

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Moon trefoil

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Medick is generally the common trefoil. It is supposed to have been imported to Greece by the Medes people during the Wars on the 5th century BC and this is why it is called “medick”. Most plants of this species are turfs. Medicago genus is met on the island with many species, some of which […]

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Strawberry tree

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Strawberry trees exist in interspersed places of the island. A great number of them lie in “koumarodasos” (Strawberry tree forest) in the area of Gerakari among pine trees, stone pine trees and eucalyptus. The area is very beautiful around Christmas due to the color feast of the berries (varying from light yellow to dark red). […]

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Geology

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Kythera has an area of 284 km².  It is 29 km long (N-S) and 18 km wide (E-W). The island is part of the same tectonic unit as the area that includes Macedonia, Thessalia, Sterea Hellas, Peloponnese and Crete. Its major features include hills and sheer cliffs.  There is also a valley towards the east. Kythera […]

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Flora

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The island’s climate is Mediterranean, characterized by humid and mild winters and hot and dry summers. The species of flora that thrive in Kythera are resistant to hot summers and to the island’s low altitude. There are approximately 800 types of floral species.  Most of these plants are small shrubs such as spurge (Euphorbia characias), sage (Salvia), […]

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Wildlife

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There is little wildlife on Kythera. Most wildlife species can be found in the more deserted areas, such as dells, and in areas where there is a lush plant life. There are mammals, birds, reptiles, invertebrates and others. Some of these species include hedgehogs (erinaceus concolor), small-footed bats (pipistrellus pipistrellus), rabbits (lepus capensis), mice (mus musculus) […]

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Sea Fauna

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The Sea of Kythera is known for its rich sea flora and the cleanliness of its waters. The sea floor is rocky and steep and waters run very deep. At a mere 40 to 50 nautical miles to the west of the island the sea depth reaches 3,000 to 4,000 m, and southwest of Cape Tainaron the […]

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The cave of Katafygadi

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The cave of Katafygadi (the “haven”) is located near the Mermygaris peak, the highest mountain on Kythera, on the eastern part of the island. Archaeologists found fragments of pottery from the Minoan & Mycenaean times. It is a little-known cave, small and narrow, that serves as a shelter for the area’s wildlife.

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Chousti Cave

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“Chousti” is a 35 by 20 meter single room cave, on two levels, without stalactites or stalagmites. Its impressive entrance is leading to steps carved in the rock, and a niche on the right side. At the base of the niche one can see a fossilized seashell that has been placed there from ancient times, […]

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The cave of Agia Sophia in Agia Pelagia

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The cave is located right outside the village of Agia Pelagia, near the Galani gully. The cave has an area of 120 m² and both stalagmites and stalactites are spectacular.

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Cave of Agia Sophia of Kalamos

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The cave of Agia Sofia of Kalamos is one of the three caves bearing the same name in Kythira, the most important one being in Mylopotamos. The cave has not been explored and mapped. The chapel in the cave’s entrance is dedicated to Saint Sophia, and a great religious festival is hosted here on September 17th. […]

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The cave of Agia Sophia in Mylopotamos

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The cave of Agia Sofia of Mylopotamos is one of three caves with the same name in Kythira. The other two are located in Agia Pelagia and Kalamos. The name of the cave is a reference to the worship of Agia Sofia Martyros. According to a different story, the caves with this name were dedicated to […]

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Agios Dimitrios in Pourko

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The church is on the Pourko settlement, between the village of Livadi and the Church of Agia Elesa. It is a complex of four temples, parallel and intersect on an axis, so they form a quadrilateral, with the entrance on the western side. The orientation is right only in the south and northeastern church, while […]

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Agia Barbara

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It is the best preserved church in the Byzantine capital of the island, the town of Saint Demetrios, nowadays called the castle-town of Paliochora. It is a cruciform church with an octagonal dome, without a narthex and perfect architectural dimensions. It has a three-fold sanctum with semi-cylindrical arches. It was built in the 13th century […]

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Agios Nikon

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A Byzantine church close to the village of Potamos. It is of single-space type, with a Kythira-style dome (found only in Kythira). The semi-spherical dome sits on a square building with two niches on the eastern side. There is no adornment outside. Two layers of hagiographies (11th – 13th centuries) have been preserved. There are many […]

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Agios Theodoros

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Agios Theodoros is the protector of Kythera. He was born in Koroni (southern Peloponnese) around the end of the 9th century. He grew up in Nauplie where he married and had two children. However, his greatest wish was to become a monk. He visited Rome and later on Monemvasia (a medieval citadel in the southeastern part […]

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Agios Panteleimone in Paleopoli

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This is a very small church with a single space and a tiled roof. An arch from a paleo-Christian basilica destroyed long ago is still kept inside. Agios Panteleimonne is currently being restored by the 1st Department of Byzantine Antiquities.

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Panagia Myrtidiotissa

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The sanctuary of Panagia Myrtidiotissa harbors the greatest relic of Kythira. The miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary was found here. The icon was called Myrtidiotissa in reference to the myrtles growing in the area. It is the symbol of the orthodox faith for thousands of people in Kythira. The icon of Myrtidiotissa is treasured by […]

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Agios Nikolaos Krasas

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The chapel of Agios Nikolaos Krasas is located on in the southwest of the Church of Myrtidiotissa in Mavros Vrachos, close to the rocky shore. According to tradition, in 1619, a captain named Kasimatis, was sailing with his ship full of wine near the western coast of the island. He was threatened by a storm. […]

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Panagia Orfani of Mylopotamos

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The church of Panagia Orfani is made of a temple inside a cave with an area of 40 square meters and five cells. The church belonged to the Darmaros family. In the cave’s western side there is an opening, through which the cave is extended. In this “extension” a small icon of Panagia Eleousa, also […]

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Panagia Kakopetriotissa

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It is an old abbey, founded in the middle of the 15th century. Maria Venieri, member of the Venetian noble Venieri family, fell in love with a Venetian officer. After they were engaged, Venice went to war and the officer was called to fullfil his duty. A lot of time passed and the two lovers […]

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Agia Elesa

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The small church of Agia Elesa is located on the steep cliffs, above the village of Livadi, at 433 meters. Saint Elesa’s martyrdom happened in this mountain. Saint Elesa was the daughter of Helladios, a rich lord from the Peloponnese. Her mother was a christian, and she baptized Elesa despite her father’s objections. She raised […]

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Agios Andreas

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One of the most important Byzantine churches in Kythira as well as in the whole of Greece. It is in the center of the village of Livadi. There are five different phases of construction. According to experts, the church was built sometime between the 9th and 10th centuries. In its present form, it is a cruciform church […]

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Panagia Myrtidiotissa and Panagia Orfani at the Castle of Chora

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The imposing church of the Castle of Chora is called Panagia Myrtidiotissa and was built in 1580 by the Venetians. It was a Catholic temple initially dedicated to the “Virgin of the Latin”. In 1806 it was transformed into an orthodox church devoted to Panagia Myrtidiotissa. The icon of Myrtidiotissa was kept in the protected […]

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Cathedral Church of Estavromenos

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The Cathedral Church of Estavromenos was built in 1660 by Filotheos Darmaros the bishop of Kythira. According to written testimonies, there was a church in this spot in the past. In the church’s entrance, there is an inscription bearing the coat of arms of the Darmaros family. Bishop Darmaros also built the Church of Panagia Myrtidiotissa […]

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Agios Ioannis en Krimno (Saint-John on the cliff)

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The church of Agios Ioannis en Krimno is in a cave north of Kapsali, in a steep slope, at a 60 meter altitude. It has a single room, which is divided by an artificial wall. The first section is 7-meter long, 3-meter wide and 2,5-meter high. The altar of Agios Ioannis o Prodromos was located […]

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Agioi Anargiroi

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The abbey of Agioi Anargyroi (better known as Agios Kosmas) is in Xeroulaki, south of the village of Drymonas and east of an older abbey. The churchyard is connected to an older part of the abbey, in which one can see the cells, the old ledger and a tower with its battlements. The new church […]

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Agia Moni

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The church Agia Moni is located on the east side of Kythira, on the mountain range above Diakofti. In September 23rd, 1767 a shepherd named Viaros found an icon of the Virgin Mary and Saint George in a cloth bearing the inscription “The Abbey of all hope”. A lightning struck the area and everything but the […]

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Agios Petros

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The church is located in the village of Araioi. It is a cruciform church, with no narthex. It has a threefold sanctum with half-cylindrical arches. The octagonal dome and the winged altarpiece were built later. It is dated to the 11th or 12th century, built by craftsmen from Monemvasia. Its architectural design is similar to […]

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Agios Giorgis of Vouno

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Vouno is located above the bay of Agios Nikolaos and the settlement of Avlemonas and has been historically a place of worship. There are two Byzantine churches here. The eastern one is dedicated to Saint George; it is a simple, single-space vaulted temple with a 7th century mosaic floor. The mosaic depicts a hunting scene, […]

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Fava’s Oil Press – Cultural Centre

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Ιn 1880 Panayioti Kastrisios “FAVAS” returned to  Kythera from Smyrna and settled in his family home in Mitata. Over the years he extended it with the addition of a coffee shop and an oil press. In 2005, the current owner, Eleni, Fava’s great great granddaughter and her partner Kosta decided to restore the property taking careful steps […]

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Byzantine Museum

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After many years of work in Kythera the Greek Department of Byzantine Antiquities exhibited a valuable collection of Byzantine and meta-Byzantine works of art in the small meta-Byzantine chapel of Analipsis in Kato Livadi. The Metropolitan Church of Kythera donated several of those pieces. There are also some Byzantine frescoes as well as icons and various church […]

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Folklore Collection of Lourandos

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The Folklore Collection of Kythera came from an donation from the the teacher Dimitris Lourandos (retired director of the Primary School personal work ) who over many years collected the objects of his personal collection with his students. These artifacts are a testimony of everyday life of the island in the past. Today the collection is hosted […]

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Coats of Arms Exhibition

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Administrative Information Τ.Κ. 80100, Chora at Kythera (Prefecture of Attiki) Telephone: +30 2736039012 Email: [email protected] Opening Times Winter: 9.00-15.00 Summer: 8.00-20.00 Daily (Closed on Mondays) Tickets Full: €2, Reduced: €1 Special ticket package*: Full: €6, Reduced: €3 Valid for 3 days. * Valid for the Archaeological Museum, the Byzantine Art Collection and the Coat of Arms Collection

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Archaeological Museum of Kythera

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The Archaeological Museum of  Kythera is housed in a building of 191,53 sm, which is located in a plot of 989,955 sm in the city of Chora. The Museum is located on the main road of the entry of Chora and in very short distance from the central square of the village. After the earthquake that struck […]

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Paleochora – Agios Dimitrios

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The Byzantine castle in the town of Agios Dimitrios was built in the 12th century by the Eudaimonogiannides of Monemvasia. It was a safe natural fortress built on the 216-meter high rock, in the Kakia Lagkada Canyon, 2 kilometers away from the northeastern shore. Because it was not visible from the sea, it protected the […]

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Bridge of Potamos

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The stone bridge of Potamos was built in 1823, during the English domination of the island, based on plans by the English commissioner, and engineer Macphail. The bridge stands on seven arcs, is completely symmetric and made of stone, limestone and mortar. It is 60 meters long, 6,8 meters wide and 7 meters high. The […]

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Δημοσιεύθηκε στις 5 March 2020 | 11:03 am


Paliokastro

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Paleokastro was the capital of Greece during the Greek Antiquity. It is located on a hill near Paleopoli and shows signs of dwellings dating back to the Geometric Period. In 1999 Kytherean professor and archaeologist Ioannis Petrocheilos did some archaeological digs at the top of Paleokastro hill, near the church of Agios Georgios (altitude: 323 […]

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Paleopolis – Skandia

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Near Paleopoli used to stand the ancient port of Scandia, the main port of Paleokastro, Kythera’s capital city in the Antiquity. The port was destroyed by an earthquake in 375 B.C. Archaeological digs revealed some old tombs, which can be visited by anyone interested.

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Watermills

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Most of the watermills of the island are located along the stream of Mylopotamos. There is a total of 23 watermills, but only three of them are preserved in a good condition with their mechanism intact. They are all privately owned. The name of the village, Mylopotamos (in Greek Mill-River), probably comes from the existence […]

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Kato Chora

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The Mylopotamos fortress is one of the three fortresses dating back to the Venetian domination, located near the village of Mylopotamos on the western side of Kythira. It is a Venetian fortress built during the 15th century (as attested by the frescos in the churches) to protect the occupants of the area and to guard the […]

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The school of Milapidea

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It is one of the most beautiful works of architecture of the time of British rule (Ionian state under the sole protection of Great Britain 1815 – 1864). The building stands on a hill visible from the settlements of Livadi, Fatsadika, Kontolianika and Keramoto and is in an excellent condition. It was built in 1825 […]

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Katouni Bridge

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The stone bridge of Katouni was built during the British domination in 1826. It is one of the largest built in Greece, with a length of 110 meters, a width of 6 meters and a height of 15 meters. The bridge is supported by 13 symmetric arches with 12 cylindrical openings. The bridge was constructed […]

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Castle of Kythera Town

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After the destruction of Paliochora in 1537, the castle of the capital city became the administrative center of the island. All political, intellectual, religious and military administration of the island was centralized in the castle, which is located in the southern part of the island, on a 200 meter high steep ridge, two kilometers from […]

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Moudari Lighthouse

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Built in 1857 during the British domination, the lighthouse of Moudari is one of the biggest in Greece. It is located in cape Spathi on the northern tip of the island. It is 25 meters tall with a focal height of 110 meters. It started operating the same year it was built and was powered […]

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Windmills

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In Kythira, like in other Greek windy islands, we see windmills. These mills were built during the 19th century, and according to written sources, the first mill was built in 1805 by Vrettos Friligkos. They were vital to the agricultural production of the island. Kythira is an island that favors their use because it has strong […]

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Minoan Peak Sanctuary

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In 1991, in his archaeological wanderings Adonis Kyrou pointed out the existence of countless ceramic sherds and other minoan artifacts around the church of Agios Georgios, located on “Vouno”. The archaeologist Giannis Sakellarakis, one year later, set out on an archaeological excavation with his scientific team. Soon, they discovered an untouched, hidden, Minoan shrine, the […]

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Castello, Saint Francisco Fortress

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The wider Kythira area is the western gate to the Aegean. Sailing around the coast was always dangerous and Cape Maleas, the cape of the eastern peninsula of Laconia, was the most difficult spot for sailors to navigate. Strabo’s words “Μαλέαν δε κάμψας επιλάθου των οίκαδε”, clearly state the danger: “if you pass from cape Maleas, forget […]

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Mikri Dragonara (Antidragonera)

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A small islet to the east of Kythera, where there is a sanctuary dedicated to Poseidon, god of the earth and earthquakes. The archaeological digs led by archaeologist Aris Tsaravopoulos and his team in the late 1990s unearthed hundreds of coins dating back to the Hellenistic era that came from 54 cities and kingdoms in the […]

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Platia Ammos

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Location: north (in an easterly direction) Access: asphalt road Type: average size – sand Information: taverns, snack-bars, fisherman’s harbor Large beach on the north with sand and pebbles and is surrounded by the village. Although located within the settlement it is rela- tively quiet even in the summer months. There are several shops and is […]

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Paleopolis

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Location: east (in a southerly direction), near Avlemonas Access: asphalt road Type: large beach – pebbly sand Information: the island’s largest beach, deckchairs / beach umbrellas, taverns

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Limni of Paleopolis

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Location: east (in a southerly direction), in Paleopoli Access: asphalt road followed by 200 meters of rugged terrain Type: large beach – pebbly sand, pebles Information: isolated, deserted, deep waters, nudist beach

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Limnaria

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Location: west (in a westerly / northwesterly direction), near Myrtidia Access: stony road Type: small size – rocks Information: isolated, deserted, fisherman’s harbor

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Limnionas

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Location: west (in a northwesterly direction), near Mylopotamos Access: asphalt road Type: small size – fine white sand Information: isolated, snack-bar, shallow water, fisherman’s harbor. Small beach in the west. It has white sand and as it’s name suggests it reminds you of a lake (limni). Around it there are small holiday cottages. From here […]

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Agios Leftheris

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Location: west (in a westerly direction), near Logothetianika Access: asphalt road Type: small size – shingles, rocks Information: isolated, deserted, very rocky, beautiful sunset

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Δημοσιεύθηκε στις 28 February 2020 | 12:32 pm


Lykodimou

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Location: west (in a westerly direction), near Logothetianika Access: asphalt road Type: small size – shingles, rocks, shallow water, algae Information: isolated, deserted, cave, deckchairs / beach umbrellas, snack-bar, gorgeous sunset. Beautiful beach in the west. It has sand, red pebbles and a lovely seabed. In the middle lies a magni cent cave in which […]

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Δημοσιεύθηκε στις 28 February 2020 | 12:28 pm


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