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Kea - Poieessa and the southwest of the island - Koundouros & Kambi

Koundouros & Kambi

The landscape south of the bay of Pi­sses changes, becoming dry and less treed: this is a coastline more reminiscent of the central Cyclades, with smooth rocks, sandy coves and wide horizons. Both the shore and the sunsets along this stretch of coast are magnificent, and the area has attracted many settlers from outside. The stone windmills on the ridge above Koundouros (14km) have inspired a rash of recreational settlements in a replica ‘Kean’ architecture, embellished by imported and brightly coloured plants that have little to do with the natural landscape. The road becomes un-surfaced before reaching the at tractive inlet of Kambi­ (16.5km). This was the principal harbour used for shipping the island’s significant acorn crop to the tanning centres of the eastern Aegean. A number of the harbour installations and buildings connected with the activity have been turned into summer residences today. On the hill high above the village is the church of Aghios Giorgios which has an altar-table placed over an unusual ancient capital with palmettes. East of Kambi­, the road climbs inland through Kokkinada towards Stavroudaki (21.5km): just before the village there are many good examples beside the road of the typical Kean ‘stavlos’—deep, single-room buildings constructed from long stone schists with corbelled sides supporting transverse monoliths for roofs. Farm buildings in rural Kea are gen rally constructed with great care, with no rough projections from the walls: they are clean, solid structures which merge naturally with the landscape that surrounds them.


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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