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Kythnos - Chora and the north of the island - Kastro

Kastro

A rough track heads north from Loutra to the northern extremity of the island; after 2km a branch leads steeply up to the west to a plateau where it divides. The north branch finishes at the attractive broad-domed church of Aghios Giorgios which, though modernised inside, is a fine mediaeval structure in origin. By striking due west from the point where the track divides, you climb over a rise and then drop down towards the spectacular site of the island’s mediaeval capital—referred to both as Kastro tis Orias and Kastro tou Katakephalou—which constituted the main focus of habitation on the island from the 7th to the 16th centuries AD.

The settlement occupies a rocky point with steep drops on three sides and wide views across the water to Kea. The en trance is across a narrow col and through a low gate in an outer enceinte of walls. Visible above to the right is a walled rock-face on the top of which stands the church of the Panaghia Eleousa; its structure (re-roofed in modern times) incorporates Early Byzantine elements such as the carved vault quoin in the south wall: other antique elements can be seen immured in the ruins of the dense settlement of houses, cisterns and walls on the summit above. At the northwestern end of the area is a barrel-vaulted church whose western wall has fallen away. It contains some surviving murals at its eastern end, in the apse and in the south side of the vault, where a 15th century painting of the ‘Virgin in Majesty’ is still visible though very faded.

The site, similar to many other Byzantine refuges and strongholds such as Kastro on Skiathos or Palaiochora on Kythera, is memorably dramatic and tranquil.


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


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Kythnos Island, Greece.

GA Ferries and Ventouris Lines run direct services (4 hrs) en route to the other Western Cyclades on alternate days, which together provide daily connections with Piraeus by car ferry. There is also a twice weekly service to Lavrion (via Kea) operated by Goutos Lines.

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beaches

Kythnos Island, Greece.

Kolona beach, the most famous beach on the Island.
Loutra Beach
Kanala Beach
Episkopi Beach
Agia Eirini Beach
Kalo Livadi Beach (Liotrivi)

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eating

Kythnos Island, Greece.

 

A variety of home-cooking with dishes and salads made with localredients (especially the island"s cheeses, such as the piquant kopanisti) can be had at Araxavoli, by the harbour at Loutrá; Gialos, on the harbour-front at Mérichas, is welcoming and has a more regular fare which is well-prepared. Neither has local wine. Though unpromising from outside, the very simple taverna, Pelegra, in the main calle of Dryopida, close to the church, provides local wine, home-made cheese (trimma—a soft, slightly fermented feta cheese), and fresh local meats. Towards sunset the taverna above Apokrousi Bay is a memorable and panoramic spot to eat.

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lodging

Kythnos Island, Greece.

The island’s only proper hotel (Meltemi at Loutrá) is dowdy. The best solution to lodging is presented by the rooms or studios offered in the two principal villages.
Filoxenia Studios in Chora (Kythnos) are comfortable and attractively furnished (T. 22810 31644, www.filoxenia-kithnos. gr; open all year). Close to the beach and hot springs at Loutrá are the Porto Klaras apartments and studios (T. 22810 31355; Easter to Oct only).

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practical info

Kythnos Island, Greece.

840 06 Kythnos: area 99sq km; perimeter 111km;
resident population 1538; max. altitude 355m. Port
Authority: T. 22810 32290. Information: Thermia
Travel (T. 22810 32345), www.kythnos-island.com

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