There are so many different things to do on the island of Kythira that crowds are easy to avoid even during the peak of the tourist season. Easily accessible from Athens and with affordable transport, the large, southern Greek island has won the hearts of travelers seeking quiet, relaxing holidays. Adventure seekers also love Kythira; they arrive eager to explore the striking waterfalls near the village of Mylopotamos, go beach hopping around Avlemonas and Kaladi and swim in the somewhat less accessible western coves.
The options are endless. Visitors can go sightseeing around the castle and capital Chora, before taking in the busy nightlife at the bars lining Kapsali’s seaside pedestrian street, or opt for a more laid back evening with live music and beer at the Kapsali campsite. From the traditional summer festivities, the snug village cafés serving local delicacies, the traditional Sunday bazaar held in the village of Potamos as well as all the free camping possibilities in countless hidden coves, Kythira really does have something for everyone.
WHERE TO SWIM
Kythira has a variety of very different beaches. Depending on what they are looking for, visitors can enjoy the blue-green waters, caves and pebbles of Kaladi, the sandy stretch of Melidoni that faces the islet of Hytra, the remarkable red sand and clear waters of Firi Ammos close to Kalamos or Komponada, a beach known for its large pebbles. Those in the mood for some hiking can follow the trail that leads to beautiful and more isolated Kalami or visit Mylopotamos, walk along the path around the Fonissa waterfall and then dive into its inviting, small pools.