Holiday to Kythnos


If you’re looking for a perfect place to go for your next vacation, consider Kythnos! An island in the Cyclades region of the Aegean Sea, Kythnos is known for its stunning natural beauty, traditional villages, and crystal-clear waters.


One of the best places to visit on Kythnos is the village of Dryopida. Located on the southeastern side of the island, Dryopida is a picturesque village with traditional whitewashed buildings, narrow alleyways, and beautiful views of the sea. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes to enjoy, as well as several churches to explore.

You can explore the chambers and passageways, look out for bats, and marvel at the different colors of the rocks. Visiting Dryopida offers a glimpse of the island's culture and way of life, with its white-washed houses, red-tiled roofs, and basil pots in the windows.


Image: Dryopida village


But the village has another surprise in store - the largest cave in Greece, Katafiki, which was used as a refuge from pirates in the past. Inside, you can wander through the chambers and passageways, observe the different colors of the rocks, and spot bats. It is a unique experience that will linger in your memory.


Messaria, or Hora, the main town of Kythnos, is situated on a hill, 8km away from the port of Merichas. It has been continuously inhabited since the 17th century and its vivid Cycladic colors and atmosphere are sure to captivate any visitor. The town consists of picturesque squares, old churches, cobblestone pathways, white-washed houses with vibrant doors and windows, and even windmills. Mrs Floras’ alleyway, with its enchanting artwork, is certainly worth a visit! On the northeast side of Hora, there are four windmills, the first of their kind in Europe. They were used from 1982 until recently and were able to generate up to three-quarters of the island’s energy requirements.


Image: Flora's alleyway


Another great place to visit on Kythnos is the medieval village of Loutra. Located on the western side of the island, Loutra is a beautiful village with cobbled streets and old stone houses. It’s a great place to take a stroll and explore the traditional architecture of the village.

When people visit Kythnos, one of the first details they find out is that the island is also known as Thermia. This is because of the thermal springs close to Loutra, the northern harbour. If you go to the port, you will come across a big building. This was the first spa/therapy hotel in Greece, built in the mid-19th century when King Othon and Queen Amalia were ruling. In front of the hotel is a beach with a stream on the right that creates a natural pool that is a thermal bath. So don't forget to bring your swimwear. Just be cautious as the water can become very hot, up to 52 degrees Celsius!



Kythnos is the Cyclades' island with the most beaches - over one hundred to be exact! There's something for everyone, ranging from well-equipped spots with sunbeds and umbrellas, to more secluded, private ones. Despite this, they are all still remarkably uncrowded compared to other islands in the area. The island has a wide variety of beaches, from secluded coves to long stretches of golden sand. One of the most popular beaches is Kolona beach, located on the south side of the island. A visit to the beaches of Episkopi, Gaidouromantra, Apokrousi, Lefkes, Kalo LeivadiAntonides, Agios Dimitrios, Megali Ammos, Agios Sostis and others is an absolute must. Furthermore, you can't miss out on the delicious sfoungato - a croquette made with local cheese - which is one of the island's signature dishes. In fact, it was even included among the list of luxury items in the ancient Greek world, according to Herodotus.



Hiking in Kythnos is an excellent way to get a glimpse of the island's culture and natural beauty. Through it, you can explore its picturesque villages, stunning beaches, thermal springs, archaeological sites, Byzantine monuments, small chapels, windmills, water sources, and agricultural buildings with stone threshing floors. The best seasons to go for a walk are spring and autumn due to the perfect temperature and the most beautiful nature.

The routes vary according to the terrain, some of them following trails that lead to a beach, while others take you to archaeological remains or breathtaking viewpoints. One of the most popular paths is to Oria Castle, a medieval fort at the peak of a hill, and the ruins of the settlement that was destroyed in 1570 AD. Also, the church of Panagia tis Kyra Eleousas is located at the summit. To learn more about this castle's past as a Venetian landmark, it is recommended to get a Kythnos travel guide.


Image: Hiking in Kythnos


No matter what type of vacation you’re looking for, Kythnos has something to offer. From traditional villages to stunning beaches, Kythnos is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday.