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Kea - Chora (Ioulis) and vicinity - Between Korissia & Chora

Between Korissia & Chora

The road to Chora from Korissi­a gives the first intimation of the very particular landscape of the island. The valleys are almost immediately deep and steep, the voumes of their hillsides based on interleaving convex and conical forms, constantly folding against one another in compressed space. Every slope is scored with the parallel striations of what has been an immense and centuries old human labour of terracing. By Cycladic standards they have a good cover of vegetation—almonds, olives and vines.
   Leaving Korissi­a to the south, and passing the large disused buildings of the Gleoudis Enamel and Metalworks Factory, built in 1927 in the floor of the valley to the left, you come in 2km to the confluence of the torrents that have formed these valleys. Kea is rich in springs: a branch to the right leads (1200m) up to the year-round spring of Flea which is one of the strongest on the island. Near the main source beside the nursery-garden, other subsidiary springs rise to both sides of the stream-bed. The water is soft but not especially flavourful. The delightful valley of Mylopotamos, which climbs south into the hills, has a series of almost a dozen water-mills, some dilapidated, some still with their funnel-like tower through which the channeled water dropped with sufficient force to turn the wheel, which was usually mounted horizontally. The same water was used to pass from one mill to the next. Five kilometres from the harbour, after a steep climb to 330m a.s.l., the main road reaches Chora.


Kea Island is part of the Cyclades Island Group, Greece.


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access

Kea Island, Greece.

All communications with Kea go through the port of Lavrion on the east coast of Attica, to and from which there are frequent connections with the airport (hourly) and Central Athens (half-hourly from the Mavromateon terminal).
The most regular ferry service is operated by the dowdy, doughty vessels of Goutos Lines, supplemented by the Marmaris Express, who, between them, run one daily, early-morning service, with an additional evening service on four days per week. The crossing takes 75 mins. Ferries en route to Kythnos, Syros and the main Cycladic destinations call at Kea on average two times weekly.

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beaches

Kea Island, Greece.

There are plenty organized and not beaches in Kea.
Koundouros beach
Korissia beach
Pisses beach

Gialiskari beach
Kambi beach
Orkos beach
Kastellakia beach

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eating

Kea Island, Greece.

Two of the best places to eat on the island are in Vourkári: the popular Aristos, on the water front, and—with fresh est and the most varied offers—Strophi tou Mimi, on the bend where the road turns inland for Otziás. Lagoudera, on the quay opposite the ferry landing in Korissía, is a well-frequented taverna with a good variety of mezes.

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lodging

Kea Island, Greece.

The charming simple hotel has not yet arrived on Kea.
The best option at the upper end of the scale is the 4-star complex, Porto Kea Suites (T. 22880 22870–1, fax 22873, www.portokea-suites.com); and in the middle category the Hotel Brillante Zoï, (T. 22880 22685, fax 22687, www.hotelbrillante.gr). Both have pleasant management and are in the port town of Korissía.
For studios to rent, the Oasis Hotel (T. 22880 21295, fax 21717) on the road from Korissía to Gialiskári is clean and comfortable.

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museums

Kea Island, Greece.

Archaeological Museum

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practical info

Kea Island, Greece.

840 02 Kea, Keos or Tzia: area 131sq km; perimeter 88km; resident population 2,158; max. altitude 562m. Port Authority: T. 22880 21344. Travel and information: Mouzaki Shipping Agency, T. 22880 21920–1, www.kea.gr

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