Kythnos - The island with the indented coastlines

The island with the indented coastlines

Kythnos or Thermia (99 sq.km.) is located between Kea and Serifos. It is the closest Cycladic island to Piraeus, since after only a 3-hour journey you arrive in Merihas, Kythnos’ beauti¬ful port. Kythnos’ coasts are indented.

To the west the safest coast of all is Merihas and that is why it is used as the island’s port. You can swim at the beach close to the port, with the thrift trees. In Episkopi, with its fertile valley. In Apokroussi or in Kolona, where there is a sandy isthmus. Or in Martinakia, Agia Irene, Kalo Livadi, Agios Dimitrios... Only 8 km from Merihas you come across the island’s capital, Hora or Messaria. Among the snow-white houses of typical Cycladic architecture, you see fish, birds and flowers drawn in streets and yards. We visit the most important churches in the village: Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) which is the oldest, the Metamorphosis (the Transfiguration of Christ) with a remark-able woodcut icon screen and Agios (Saint) Savas from the 17th century. Outside the village there is the monastery of “Pa nagia tou Nikous” (Virgin Mary), which was used as a school in 1821. At the centre of the island you come across Dryopida built at the banks of a dried-up stream. With its name we are referred to the first inhabitants of the island, called Dryopes.

The sunlight plays on the red tiled roofs of the houses reminding us that this is the only part of the island where pottery developed. Remarkable churches of the area are Agios (Saint) Minas with an interesting woodcut icon screen and Episcopal throne, Agia (Saint) Anna, the village’s cathedral and nume¬rous country churches. You must also visit the two Museums of the village: Folklore and Byzantine-Ecclesiastic. Close to Dryopida we find Katafyki cave. Continuing our journey the road leads us to Kanala on the south-eastern side of the island. The monastery of Panagia Kanala (Virgin Mary of Kanala), built on the slope of the hill and the beautiful pine-forest spreading down to the coast bring a breath of freshness to the barren island. The miraculous icon -according to tradition- was found in a canal (hence the name Kanala) and it is a work of art by the Evangelist Luke. More probably, however, it is by Cretan artist Antonis Skordilis, who lived in Kythnos in the 17th century. On the other side of the island are the Loutra (spas), known for their hot springs, which attract plenty of visitors every year. These are the springs of Kakavos and the springs of Agii (Saints) Anargyri.

Near Loutra, in the area called Kefalokastro or Oria Fortress, there are ruins of Kythno's medieval capital, which was destroyed in the 16th century by the Turks. Shinari, Kavouroheri and Potamia are wonderful beaches, which can be reached by caique. Also Lefkes, Flabouria and Agios (Saint) Sostis, which, especially in August, offers a unique sight. Pink and white lilies grow among the stones giving off a sweet smell. The local religious festivals in the island’s villages have remained unchanged over the years.

There are tavemas in the whole island offering the local specialties. Sfouggata (fried cheese croquettes), kopanisti (soft peppery cheese), cooked meat in red sauce with potatoes, marinated sun-dried fish, scrambled eggs with zucchini, kolopia (spinachpies) and also caper, honey, local wine and pasteli with honey and sesame


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