About Kythnos

Kythnos island is one of the most beautiful islands of Cyclades, as well as one of the most popular ones, thanks to its close distance from Athens. It is the perfect place to enjoy relaxing holidays, surrounded by the traditional cycladic architecture, sandy beaches with crystal clear waters and beautiful places to explore, all combined with the warm Greek hospitality.

Kythos has many picturesque little villages, with Chora, Driopida, Merihas and Loutra, being the main ones. Amazing beaches is another thing about Kythnos. The island has 65 both organized and secluded beaches, reached by car, boat or foot. One of the best activities to do in Kythnos is hiking, thanks to the hiking trails crossing the island and leading to historical monuments, such as the medieval castle of Oria. This castle is located on the northern side of the island and is accessible by a jeep or foot.

Rich culture is another characteristic of Kythnos island. Every year, many customs and local traditions are reviving during traditional festivities. A very good chance to experience the traditional Greek spirit is to join a local religious festival, also known as “panigiri”, organized frequently during the summer. The best way to taste the traditional Greek spirit, though, is to taste the local dishes and fresh traditional Greek food at the many seaside taverns of the island.

Getting to Kythnos is quite easy! You can take a ferry from Piraeus (3 hours distance), or from Lavrion (1,5 hour distance). Also, during the summer, there is a frequent ferry connection between Kythnos and other islands of Cyclades.

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Kythnos is the pearl island of western Cyclades, where the vast blue sea is a daily reality, where the skyline is painted in red and gold, where the Greek sun lights on beautiful landscapes and amazing coasts.


The island took its name from Kythnos, the leader of the tribes Driopes who came from Evia island, Greece. The four graves that were excavated in the region Maroulas, close to Loutra village, are the oldest samples of human presence in the Aegean, testifying that the island was inhabited from the Mesolithic Era, between 9500-8500 BC.


Two of the most important customs in Kythnos are the traditional wedding in Chora and the traditional wedding in Driopida. If any of these two customs take place during your visit on the island, make sure you attend it.


In Kythnos, you shall try dishes and sweets that will satisfy every savory demand! Worth to taste are the delicious local meat dishes and fresh sea food dishes. Also, try sfougato (vegetable dish), pork sausages, traditional pies, caper, almond sweets, honey and sesame bars (pasteli) and local cheese (feta, trima, kopanisti).


Kythnos is famous for its 65 golden beaches with crystal clean waters.


Kythnos is famous for its thermal springs that have given to the island its second name, Thermia. The thermal springs of Loutra are in use since the Roman times, but they became widely famous after the doctors and chemists of king Otto of Greece ascertained their therapeutic facilities, in the middle of the 19th century.

How to get to Kythnos

How to get to Kythnos: With ferry from Piraeus in 2-3 hours (distance 52 nautical miles). In summer, ferry schedules are more frequent, while in winter they are sparse. Information: Port Office of Piraeus, tel. (0030) 210 4226000.

About Loutra

Located on the north eastern side of Kythnos, the seaside village of Loutra is where Porto Klaras is found. Loutra is located at 11 km far from the port of Merihas and 4.5 km from Chora, the capital of the island. This is a very popular tourist place thanks to the natural beauty, the nice accommodations and the thermal springs that made the region famous all over the world.