Although Kythnos is one of the closest to Athens Cycladic islands, remains one of the most unknown and isolated corners of the Aegean.
The island is also strongly called Thermia because of the natural spa at the port of Loutra, which was once the biggest magnet for visitors of Kythnos in the 19th and 20th century, but have declined in recent years.
The northern part of the island is the most populous and here are the villages Merichas, the harbor, Chora, the capital, the Loutra and Dryopida. The southern part of Kythnos is almost uninhabited, with the only exceptions of the village Panagia Kanala, where the church of Mary is located, and the small bay of Agios Dimitrios, at the southern tip of the island, where many Athenians have built second homes in the last years.
The island has no less than 65 beaches, which is the main magnet for the few visitors. Most of them are accessible via dirt roads, although most are pretty bush. Better not try to drive a brand new Alfa Romeo you low on these roads, but most other cars are suitable. In addition, there are daily boat cruises from Mericha to some of these beaches.
The landscape in Kythnos is strictly Cycladic, ie dry and arid. But the island is particularly interesting because of the hundreds of kilometers of dry stone walls dominate everywhere and is built with a unique local style. Also, Thermiotiko landscape dominated by the more than 350 white churches that are built on every corner of the island.
The oldest finds in Kythnos is Paleolithic, dating from the 8th millennium BC The island was inhabited in the 10th century BC by Dryopes inhabitants of Euboea, who fled in Kythnos to resume their lives from scratch after the hardships of the Trojan War and a series of natural disasters that struck the island of Evia at the time.
Today, Kythnos has about 1,650 residents, who live mainly from fishing and farming and, in recent years, from tourism. Unlike other barren islands of the Cyclades, Kythnos maintains its rural economy, with cattle and sheep, and honey production. The beef and goat meat on the island is famous and delicious, interesting and produces white, soft cheeses and good honey.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 July 2012 20:24
Category: Διαμονή Written by Super User
Seven kilometers from the port of Mericha is the traditional settlement of Chora. There lays the hotel'' Hotel Messaria'' ,completed in 2012. An oasis for the hot summer months. It offers both comfort and hospitality to its visitors.
The reception is decorated in traditional style (50-60m2), while the rooms are each individually decorated with traditional or minimal style. All have balconies overlooking the sea. Offering bathroom, Coco-mat beds , TV, internet, telephone, fully equipped kitchen , fridge, safe and air conditioning. There is also room for people with special needs (PWD - People With Dissabilities).
Last Updated on Sunday, 03 February 2013 10:25