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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 10.09.2015

' perfect'

what a beach , what a day , perfect place to spend a day on the beach .. chalkos

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 09.09.2015

cystral clear !

magnificent swim on a picture perfect august day at chalkos beach near the village of kalamos at southern end of the island a spectacular beach , a must visit in the summer ....

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 09.09.2015

sitting on the dock of the bay !!

once the life line of agia pelagia , the mollo has seen 1000s of departures and arrivals of many years and its a shame now that the port of kythera is at diakofti .. its not the same as the boats docking at agaia pelagia

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 09.09.2015

''the strip ''

one of the fun villages ... agia pelagia .. swimming , boating eating , coffee with friends , must now be the most populated village on the island , the growth of agia pelagia has been very rapid in the past 10 years ...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 07.09.2015

logothetianika

the village of logothakianika , and in the background is potamo

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 07.09.2015

water baby !!

one of the great features of mylopotamos are the waterfalls neradia , the water is freezing but a great way to cool down on a hot august day followed by the best rabbit sefardio { rabiitt stew } lunch at the platia in the world !

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 04.09.2015

on a clear day.....

great views from mermagari mountain near mylopotamos , from the highest point of the island, great views , including mylopotamos , logothanika and potamos !!!

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submitted by Barbara Zantiotis on 14.05.2015

Moni Myrtidion - August 1984

Beautiful monastery.

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submitted by Barbara Zantiotis on 12.05.2015

Agia Pelagia September 1994

Always beautiful!

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submitted by Kytherian Ecology on 09.03.2015

Get a glimpse of local life

4 Ways to Fall Madly in Love with Kythera

Posted by Abbie Synan

February 11, 2015

Activities, Greece, Vacation

Abbie Synan, originally from Pennsylvania, now calls the world her home. After years of working in medical administration, she took to a nomadic lifestyle and has spent the last two years exploring new cities, writing, volunteering and consulting. She is constantly searching for exciting experiences, taking photographs and writing stories to share on Speck On The Globe

The warm, buttery Oia sunsets in Santorini, the southern charm of Crete, and the mazes of whitewashed buildings in Mykonos are some of the main attractions luring travelers to Greece. While it’s true that these are some must-see sites on your Mediterranean vacation, for me the ultimate treasure is one many travelers miss. A defining trait of my slow travel experience is making the major tourist destinations supporting characters rather than the main focus of the trips. My love of slow travel tied in seamlessly with my visit to the stunning island of Kythera. Ready to fall in love? Here are the four activities that shouldn't be missed.

1. Experience a hiker’s paradise

The slow travel movement is connected with sustainability, and one of Kythera’s main activities highlights responsible tourism. The region’s hiking project began as a way to make old trails and paths more accessible, which evolved into an ecotourism and sustainability endeavor. The trails are all easily marked, providing a route to beautiful, untapped valleys and serene mountain views. If blazing eco-friendly trails aren't alluring enough, Kythera boasts some impressive caves beckoning to be explored, and its landscape rivals that of any other Grecian island.

2. Get a glimpse of local life

Plenty of places in Greece made me feel at home, but Kythera’s way of warmly revealing itself became the most welcoming. I spent my time there learning about the olive-picking season and how the olive groves affect the island’s inhabitants. My experiential trip to Xenonas Fos ke Choros enabled me to not only live in a more traditional small town but also brought me closer to a simpler, more relaxing way of life in Greece. All the residents were cordial and I found the best way to catch up on island gossip was to show up to the open market in Potamos in your Sunday best. Because slow travel allowed me to make more personal connections, I realized that each of the towns have something to offer beyond their quaint exterior. Even just sampling some delicious traditional food at a local taverna can prompt a deeper appreciation.

3. Live the sea lover’s dream

Mythology marks Kythera as the birthplace of Aphrodite, likely due to its beauty beyond compare. The intoxicating shorelines draw you down from the hilltops, revealing small, sandy beaches and unforgettably blue Mediterranean water. The benefit of spending time on such a small island is that there isn't much more to do than relax and take in the gorgeous scenery. One of the more memorable views I uncovered was a small church clinging to a cliff at the edge of the water. Legend is that this church, Agios Nikolaos o Krasas, was built by a ship captain after being saved at sea. It is a breathtaking homage.

4. Discover a historical haven

You can find the icon of Panagia Myrtidiotissa (the black Madonna), Byzantine historical sites, castles, and archeological remnants on this island, with dozens of interesting stories accompanying their presence. Of course, the quickest way to learn all about the folklore is to hear it from a local. My favorite part of uncovering the history was exploring the abandoned water mills and ancient fresco in the medieval villages of Kato Chora and Paleochora. Adding to the attraction of the island are dozens of small churches, cathedrals and monasteries for you to visit.

Very few places I've been have made it as hard for me to leave as Kythera. I came to know the island so well, and when I left, I felt like I was saying goodbye to a little bit of home. This is a feeling you can't get from hurriedly taking a tour bus through the historic sites. Slowing down and appreciating everything allowed me to open up a special place in my heart for Greece.

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submitted by Kytherian Ecology on 09.03.2015

A walking trail on Kythera

4 Ways to Fall Madly in Love with Kythera

Posted by Abbie Synan

February 11, 2015

Activities, Greece, Vacation

Abbie Synan, originally from Pennsylvania, now calls the world her home. After years of working in medical administration, she took to a nomadic lifestyle and has spent the last two years exploring new cities, writing, volunteering and consulting. She is constantly searching for exciting experiences, taking photographs and writing stories to share on Speck On The Globe

The warm, buttery Oia sunsets in Santorini, the southern charm of Crete, and the mazes of whitewashed buildings in Mykonos are some of the main attractions luring travelers to Greece. While it’s true that these are some must-see sites on your Mediterranean vacation, for me the ultimate treasure is one many travelers miss. A defining trait of my slow travel experience is making the major tourist destinations supporting characters rather than the main focus of the trips. My love of slow travel tied in seamlessly with my visit to the stunning island of Kythera. Ready to fall in love? Here are the four activities that shouldn't be missed.

1. Experience a hiker’s paradise

The slow travel movement is connected with sustainability, and one of Kythera’s main activities highlights responsible tourism. The region’s hiking project began as a way to make old trails and paths more accessible, which evolved into an ecotourism and sustainability endeavor. The trails are all easily marked, providing a route to beautiful, untapped valleys and serene mountain views. If blazing eco-friendly trails aren't alluring enough, Kythera boasts some impressive caves beckoning to be explored, and its landscape rivals that of any other Grecian island.

2. Get a glimpse of local life

Plenty of places in Greece made me feel at home, but Kythera’s way of warmly revealing itself became the most welcoming. I spent my time there learning about the olive-picking season and how the olive groves affect the island’s inhabitants. My experiential trip to Xenonas Fos ke Choros enabled me to not only live in a more traditional small town but also brought me closer to a simpler, more relaxing way of life in Greece. All the residents were cordial and I found the best way to catch up on island gossip was to show up to the open market in Potamos in your Sunday best. Because slow travel allowed me to make more personal connections, I realized that each of the towns have something to offer beyond their quaint exterior. Even just sampling some delicious traditional food at a local taverna can prompt a deeper appreciation.

3. Live the sea lover’s dream

Mythology marks Kythera as the birthplace of Aphrodite, likely due to its beauty beyond compare. The intoxicating shorelines draw you down from the hilltops, revealing small, sandy beaches and unforgettably blue Mediterranean water. The benefit of spending time on such a small island is that there isn't much more to do than relax and take in the gorgeous scenery. One of the more memorable views I uncovered was a small church clinging to a cliff at the edge of the water. Legend is that this church, Agios Nikolaos o Krasas, was built by a ship captain after being saved at sea. It is a breathtaking homage.

4. Discover a historical haven

You can find the icon of Panagia Myrtidiotissa (the black Madonna), Byzantine historical sites, castles, and archeological remnants on this island, with dozens of interesting stories accompanying their presence. Of course, the quickest way to learn all about the folklore is to hear it from a local. My favorite part of uncovering the history was exploring the abandoned water mills and ancient fresco in the medieval villages of Kato Chora and Paleochora. Adding to the attraction of the island are dozens of small churches, cathedrals and monasteries for you to visit.

Very few places I've been have made it as hard for me to leave as Kythera. I came to know the island so well, and when I left, I felt like I was saying goodbye to a little bit of home. This is a feeling you can't get from hurriedly taking a tour bus through the historic sites. Slowing down and appreciating everything allowed me to open up a special place in my heart for Greece.

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submitted by Sunday Telegraph on 09.03.2015

Little secret worth sharing in Greek island of Kythera

Sunday Telegraph (circulation 490,000)
ESCAPE Section

FEBRUARY 22, 2015

KAREN HALABI


Photograph: Aerial view of the Kapsali village from the castle.

View / download a copy of this article in English from the Kytherian Newsletter:

Halabi Article Kytherian Newsletter.pdf

View / download a copy of this article in Greek, as a .pdf:

Halabi article on Kythera.pdf

I have only been on Kythera two days when a local takes me aside to show me his tomatoes and sample his homemade ouzo. “Please don’t write anything about the island,” he pleads. “We don’t want people to know about it.”

If you see the way other Greek islands on the main route are overrun seasonally by hordes of tourists – think Mykonos, Santorini and Ios for starters – you'll know why Kytherians are keen to keep their little secret.

Unlike many other islands, Kythera has managed to preserve its village life and community traditions. You can still see donkeys and old ladies in black with headscarves. Religious festivals are held in caves and they make their own wine, ouzo and olive oil.

In many ways, Kythera is Greece’s best kept secret. Many Australians have never heard of it, but this is the island from which the majority of Greek Australians originated.

Kytherians set up Australia’s first cafes, milk bars, fish and chip shops, cinemas and pubs. They still consider the island “home” and are proud of their heritage. This archaeological treasure island is the site of the largest ancient shipwreck ever discovered, described as “the Titanic of the ancient world”. A tiny sister island off Kythera, known as Antikythera, is where the Antikythera mechanism – an ancient computing device described as the world’s first computer – was discovered.

Kythera will be the focus later this year of a part-Australian funded archaeological exploration dive to search the wreck of British brig Mentor, the ship carrying the stolen Elgin marbles from the Parthenon that sank just off the island’s coast. Part of the Ionian Islands in the region of Attica, far from cruise ship and tourist routes, Kythera sits at the foot of the Peloponnese at the crossroads of three seas – the Ionian, Aegean and Cretan.

At 280 sq km, it’s one of Greece’s largest islands. In mythology, Kythera (Kithira or Cythera) is known as the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty.

As I discover, Kythera is like every Greek island woven into one. At the southern end, the capital, Chora, is a stereotypically picturesque blue and white Greek cobblestone-paved town that fits my every Cycladian fantasy. I drive 10km out of Chora and feel like I'm in Tuscany with rolling green hills, green conifers and Tuscan-style ochre stone farmhouses. Then a little further north, I see deserted stone buildings and low beach scrub with rocky red beaches at the end of mountain goat tracks – I could be on Mars.

The starkly diverse natural beauty of this mountainous island, with its valleys, enchanting red and grey volcanic beaches and rugged trails make it popular with walkers, nature enthusiasts, divers, religious, archaeological and cultural tourists. Remnants of medieval times including crusader, Venetian and Byzantine castles, dot the landscape along with Roman- style aqueducts, traces of ancient Sparta and the Phoenicians and churches spanning centuries.

The chapel of St John (Agios Iannos), marked by its huge white cross painted on the cliff face, is built into the cliffside at Kapsali. White monasteries dot the top of tall mounts all around the island. The most spectacular, with panoramic views, is Agios Georgios tou Vouno (St George on the Mount) on the eastern coast, built on a Minoan Peak sanctuary.

Kythera has about 70 small villages and each has its own character. As my tour guide on another island, Paros, says: “Villages have disappeared on most islands replaced by rows of tourist hotels”.

Life on Kythera centres around family and community. Every Sunday, there’s a market in Potamos, a village in the centre of the island. People come from all around to either sell their goods or just to meet up in the square and sit to have a Greek coffee or Sunday mezze.

Only 3000 permanent residents live on the island. Sparsely inhabited and largely rural, it doesn’t in any way pander to tourists. There are no buses or trains, no big hotels, nightclubs or tourist shops. This is the real Greece.

I stayed a fortnight and came to know the locals, immersing myself in the local history and culture. I hired a car (you can choose a Vespa instead), ate in local tavernas, lingered under platanos trees in town squares drinking ouzo and eating octopus or mezze with the locals, stayed in a family owned house (you can choose from numerous B&Bs) and experienced the local life. Kytherians inundated me with figs from their trees and tomatoes from their gardens. Kytherian wine has a distinctive flavour and is made from “arikikas” grapes. Tess Mallos, author of Greek Cookbook, was from Karavas, and a photo of the ruined houses of Karavas is on the front of her cookbook.

Surprisingly, many Kytherians speak good English, thanks largely to the Australian connection – relatives are coming and going all the time. Every second house in Kythera has a kangaroo emblazoned on a wall signifying that someone from the family has gone to Australia.

Former NSW minister for tourism, George Souris, film director George Miller and the owners of Andronicus (coffee) all hail from Kythera.

GO2

KYTHERA

GETTING THERE

Emirates, Qantas, Virgin Australia and Lufthansa are among the carriers flying from Australia to Athens. From Athens connect to Kythera with Olympic Air, or by car ferry departing from the Athenian ports of Piraeus (13E) or from Neapolis (11E).

www.kythera.gr/en/gettinghere/routes.php

STAYING THERE

Xenónas Fos kè Chóros is a small traditional guesthouse with four luxury guest rooms from 55 euros per night. Contact Anita or Albert info@agreekisland.com; agreekisland.com.

Hotel Xorokampos overlooks a volcanic bay and Paleopolis beach. Contact Lampros Friligkos, xorokampos@hotmail.com; www.kythiracampus.gr

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 21.01.2015

a bridge too far !

the bridge to kato livadi

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 20.01.2015

astikon cafeneo potamo

one of the oldest cafeneos on the island.. livaditis cafeneo , im sure that our greatgrandfathers, grandfathers and fathers have at some time been ...stou livaditi ...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 18.01.2015

potamos school ...

December means school is still in , while here in Australia the school holiday' are in full swing .... the school children of potamos are on their way to another day of learning ..... my father who is 91 years of age attended the potamo school , so it has been educating little kytherian children for some years now ...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 14.01.2015

always lovely

it doesnt matter what season it is , the karava region is always very pretty !

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 13.01.2015

diakofti...

the picturesque village of diakofti -

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 13.01.2015

some view ...

the karava area with its breathless views

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 13.01.2015

nothing but sand and the water ...

a differant beach in the winter .. no one on the beach, the little bar is closed , no one playing raquet tennis ... bit sad actually .. but summer will come around before you know it !!!

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 13.01.2015

fatsathika ....

the village of fatsathika with the old english school in the background ....