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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 15.10.2017

summer playground

another perfect summers day as people enjoy all that kapsali has to offer !

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 24.10.2016

one fine summers day ....

kapsali at its best !.. and a  wonderful summers day , just perfect for a morning at the beach , then lunch at one of the fine tavernas ...what a day ... 

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 09.09.2016

pretty as a picture !

who can ever tire of this view ?

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 05.11.2015

food with a view ....!!

there is no better view on the island .... mid august, another glorious summers day is coming to a end and having dinner at belvedere pizza restaurant hora with great pizza and a great view ....!

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submitted by Barbara Zantiotis on 28.03.2014

Kapsali - August 1986

Always pretty!

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submitted by Barbara Zantiotis on 28.03.2014

Kapsali - August 1986

It's certainly grown!

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submitted by Barbara Zantiotis on 26.03.2014

Postcard of Kapsali 1986

What a difference to now!

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submitted by Barbara Zantiotis on 26.03.2014

Postcard of Kapsali 1986

It sure has changed!

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 08.03.2014

the harbour lights

on a summers night at kapsali bay, after dinner , a highlight is to take a walk towards the ' mollo ' [ the jetty] you will always see magnificent boats from all over the world , that come to kythera in the summer ....

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submitted by George Vardas on 09.08.2013

Journey to Hytra

On a small boat to Hytra outside the port of Kapsali

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submitted by Neos Kosmos, Melbourne on 15.05.2013

The double bays at Kapsali. From Tzeli Hadjidimitriou's book, in Search of Kythera and Antikythera.

With one of the largest Kytherian populations living in Sydney, the small Greek island has seen a steady flow of Australian tourists visiting its shores

The tiny island offers all the best of the Greek islands without the tourist traffic.

Neos Kosmos, 15 May 2013

HELEN VELISSARIS


It's rare to find a Greek island that has the beauty of Santorini and the peacefulness of Paros, without the tourists.

Kythera has that luxury. Off the coast of the Peloponnese, the small island of about 4,000 locals caters to something quite rare in the rest of the Greek island tourism trade. It's primarily visited by Australians.

Thanks to the thousands of Kytherians that came in the first wave of migration to Australia in the early 20th century, the little island has been catering to the many Greek Australians of Kytherian decent looking to learn more about their ancestry.

It is estimated that there are at least 60,000 people of Kytherian descent living in Australia and the Kytherian community of Sydney is one of the oldest communities in Australia.

The unique migration story of the Kytherians doesn't fit into the stereotypical migration wave of the '50s and '60s who were fleeing post-war Greece.

Rather, the island's small size facilitated the move.

Cultural officer of the Kytherian community of Australia George Vardas says the population played a big part.

"Kythera is a small island and it couldn't sustain the population," he tells Neos Kosmos.

"It's not the most fertile island, you've got a permanent population of somewhere between 3,500 to 4,000.

"At the height of the migration wave there would have been about 10,000 on the island."

When America tightened its borders in the late 19th century, many decided instead to settle in Sydney and Brisbane.

That's why many Australians of Kytherian background are second and third generation Greeks. That ancestral connection is what brings many of them back to the idyllic island without tipping off the tourists.

Located off the southern coast of the Peloponnese, legend has it the goddess Aphrodite was born off Kythera's shores. The location is fitting, with waterfalls and natural springs, terraced olive groves, hidden caves and sandy, pebbly beaches.

Quite unique to other Greek islands is Kythera's worldly influence by different cultures. Thanks to years of influence by the Byzantine Empire and visits from the Venetians and the British, the island's architecture is a confusing parade of the old and the foreign.

"There are schools with Gothic architecture, you turn the corner and there's a Venetian castle," says Mr Vardas.

But still the island remains relatively untouched by tourists. You do see the odd German or Scandinavian old couple on the walking trails, but with a lack of flights to the island and infrequent ferries, the island remains a hidden treasure for those who seek it out.

'In search of Kythera and Antikythera: Venturing to the Island of Aphrodite' is a new travel guide, compiled by acclaimed photographer and writer Tzeli Hatzidimitriou, that hopes to inform more on the island's hidden gems.

The book, which is about to be released in English for Australian audiences, tells the story of Kythera through vivid photography and gives details about local history, mythology, architecture, arts and crafts, cuisine and local lifestyles.

"It's almost like a Lonely Planet guide for Kythera," says Mr Vardas.

The community is hoping to use the book to promote the island to Greek Australians and was a major contributor to the English edition of the book.

Author Tzeli Hatzidimitriou spent years documenting the island through photos and created the book to show the world a forgotten side of Greece.

The book was launched today, Wednesday May 15 at a special luncheon hosted by the Kytherian Association of Australia, at George's Mediterranean Bar & Grill, The Promenade (10 Lime Street) King Street Wharf, NSW.

Email, Cultural Officer, Kytherian Association of Australia

Front Cover of In Search of Kythera and Antikythera

HOW TO ORDER THE BOOK: In Search of Kythera and Antikythera. Venturing to the Island of Aphrodite.

Author: Tzeli Hadjidimitriou

When Published: 2013

Publisher: Tzeli Hadjidimitriou

Language: ENGLISH

Available: 2013

In Europe, Available from:

http://www.odoiporikon.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=54

It will also be available in all the book shops on the island of Kythera, during the 2013 summer season.

In Australia & Asia Pacific: (From June 30, 2013, but you can place a forward order, because they WILL sell out)

Kytherian Association of Australia Bookshelf

Kytherian World Heritage Fund Order Form

Description: 252 page hand held guide book - "Lonely Planet guide standard".

ISBN: 978-960-00330-5-3

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submitted by Kalie Zervos on 13.06.2012

Full moon over Kapsali

This picture was taken on the night of the July 2010 full moon from the Idragogio restaurant at Kapsali.

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submitted by Barbara Zantiotis on 12.10.2011

Lighthouse at Kapsali - 15/09/11

Nice lighthouse.

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submitted by Barbara Zantiotis on 12.10.2011

Lighthouse at Kapsali - 15/09/11

Cute lighthouse.

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submitted by Barbara Zantiotis on 12.10.2011

Kapsali - 15/09/11

Very pretty!

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submitted by Barbara Zantiotis on 12.10.2011

Kapsali - Sep 2011

What a beautiful view!

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submitted by Barbara Zantiotis on 19.03.2011

Stairwell in Kapsali

Stairwell along the main strip in Kapsali

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submitted by Barbara Zantiotis on 06.01.2011

Kapsali 28/09/10

View of the gorgeous port of Kapsali from the castle.

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submitted by Barbara Zantiotis on 03.11.2010

Kapsali 5/10/10

Kapsali in the late afternoon. It's so peaceful without the tourists!

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submitted by Barbara Zantiotis on 31.10.2010

Kapsali 1/10/10

View of the very pretty port of Kapsali taken from the church near the lighthouse.