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Kea - Poieessa and the southwest of the island - the Central uplands

The Central uplands

(For distances in text, the Merovigli junction above Chora = 0.0km) main road splits at the principal road junction on the island at Merovigli: left continues to the east side, and eventually to the south of the island above Karthaia; right heads for the west coast and Koundouros. We first follow the latter.
   The area between these two roads, which constitutes the upland heart of the island, is a landscape of great beauty and natural diversity, with many biotopes and mi cro-climates. A number of small varieties of acers grow on Kea which otherwise are only found in the southern Peloponnese: dwarf narcissi, mandragora and St John’s wort are all widely present; the upper slopes, especially on the eastern ridge, are covered with magnificent ‘royal’ or ‘V alonia oaks’ (see pp. 52–54).
   The intensity of cultivation down the steeper slopes of these hills and deep valleys in past centuries is indicated by the ubiquitous retaining walls. It should be re called that Kea for its size was well inhabited, particularly in Antiquity and again in the 18th and 19th centuries, and for this reason its landscape has been considerably domesticated. Much of this activity is abandoned now, but the rectangular byres, like low stone bunkers in the fields, sometimes with flat partially corbelled roofs, called ‘stavloi’, remain. Together with the meticulously constructed stone boundary walls and the circular threshing floors, they are an unchanging and intrinsic part of the landscape. The dwellings, too, are low and flat-roofed. The rural churches are of similar design and distinguish themselves from the houses often only by a raised belfry: some—such as the Panaghia Loutriani, in a wild set ting 2km east of Sklavonikolas, or the double church of the Panaghia and Aghios Nikolaos at Vatoudi, south of Aghia Marina—are of considerable antiquity and incorporate interesting ancient spolia and vestiges of painting.


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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