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Kythnos - Dryopis and the south of the island - Dryopis

Dryopis

Dryopis, or Dryopida, takes its name from the original settlers of the island who were, according to Herodotus (Hist. VIII. 46), ‘Dryopes’. The town has much more the tight-knit feel of an island chora than does Chora itself. At the top of a terraced valley, 5km east of Merichas, it spreads over two adjacent hillsides: an older quarter to the north—a steep assemblage of houses, many of them fine stone buildings still preserving runs of terracotta anthemia along their eaves—and the main part of the town to the south, with narrow streets and small squares grouped around a shallow hollow, thick with orange and lemon trees, which functions as the orchard and kitchen garden, or kambos, of the community. The hillside is composed of schist stone and there are consequently grottoes and undercuts of rock at many points in the village: the largest of these is the Katafiki Cave to the south and its interior can be visited without difficulty now that some illumination has been put in. The cave was first explored by a German geologist in 1841: its main entrance chamber is in the form of a long horseshoe loop. The native rock inside clearly bears the rich colours of iron ores, and the form of the cave has been altered by iron prospecting in the past. Iron was extracted from the hills below and to the east of Dryopis: above Aousa (due east on the coast) are two large abandoned 19th century industrial builds on the hillside, used in the iron extraction business.


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


access

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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