Cythera – An Isolated Island Ideal for Relaxation and Discovery
Welcome to Cythera. This secluded Greek island can be found towards the south of the Peloponnese, a Greek peninsula. Although considered one of the seven Ionian Islands, it is isolated from the other six that are grouped together further north.
During the Medieval ages, Cythera was occupied by the Venetians, and this long-standing occupation left many sights of unique architecture to be discovered around the island. A fine example of this is in the capital town of Chora, where, situated on top of a hill, the Castle of Chora overlooks the Aegean Sea.
As well as sights to see, Cythera is a popular holiday destination for people wanting a peaceful, relaxing get-away, with plenty of beaches to unwind on and breathtaking views to admire.
Owing to its remoteness in comparison to the other Ionian Islands, many people travel to Cythera to enjoy the peace and tranquility this secluded island has to offer. This is in no small part due to the large number of wonderful beaches found around the island.
The most popular and well-known of these is Kaladi Beach, a tourist’s favorite that boasts clear-blue waters and pebbled beach. You can reach this beach by car on the Fratsia to Avlaimona road, before turning at the Kaladi sign. Much like a lot of beaches on the island, amenities are not close-by and require a short walk for lunch and coffee.
An equally famous beach on the island is Halkos, with its blue waters and sandy beach flanked by sloping rocks. Located in the south, this beach is close to Kalamos, so food and drink are easy to attain.
Cythera is peppered with ancient churches, castles, monuments and archaeological discoveries.
One of these sights is the cave of Agia Sophia, a vast and spectacular formation located just west of Mylopotamos Village. Upon walking into this cathedral-sized structure, you come across the chapel and wooden temple of Agia Sophia, which contains a collection of 18th century paintings. From there, the public can access a 200m path that gives you a fantastic view of the cave and its stalagmites and stalactites.
There are other caves on Cythera that can be accessed through guided tours, such as the cave of Chousti, east of Diakofti village, which archaeologists give guided tours for in the summer.
Activities on Cythera
Whilst Cythera is ideal for sightseeing and relaxation, there are also opportunities for fun activities.
All over Cythera, there are chances to grab your hiking boots and tackle gorges, negotiate streams and admire waterfalls. Trails that take you over and past these inspiring wonders are organized all the time, and there will be opportunities to book them through your travel agent with cheap package holidays.
At Limnionas, a beach on the island, there is the Kythera Dive Center. Here, you can book scuba diving trips that will give you a unique view of the island, and the surrounding reefs, shipwrecks and much more.