HISTORY OF KYTHERA: There are thousands of islands in Greece. Kythera is one of the magnificient islands off of the beaten track - very peaceful. Many have said "It doesn't get better than this!" One passes serenely from the busy reality of life to relaxation. Kythera is one of the Mediterranean's best kept secrets unspoiled yet accessible from Athens by air and ferry. Mountains, waterfalls, beaches, of all shapes and colors, Minoan sanctuaries, Byzantine churches and many other attractions await you.
Kythera is at the meeting point of the Ionian, Aegean and Cretan seas. This geographical position, at a vital point on the sea route linking east and west has given Kythera a rich historical and cultural past, including settlements by the Byzantine empire, raids by the Slavs and Arabs, then passing into the hands of the Venetians, Turks and Russians occupation, and finally the French and English before becoming part of Greece in 1864. There are a large number architectural and archaeological sites rom Prehistoric, Classical, Christian and modern times including monasteries, castles, fine houses, settlements, mosaics and other treasures. Each little village we will pass through is unique and picturesque. Mylopotamos is one of the beautiful villages we will spend time visiting!
Here are some of the highlights of modern day Kythera:
1. Kythera is a hiker's paradise and offers some spectacular trails!
2. The land is unspoiled with wild thyme, jasmine and sage and other fragrant herbs.
3.There are many lovely beaches (over 45 ) including Avelemonas and Kapsali Bay.
4. If you like coffee, the freddo esspressos is fantastic everywhere! Along with another tasty drink, the Fatourada.
I bet you did not know Kythera was one of the Ionian Islands did you? It is a beautiful island popular with the wealthy Athenians. It is south of the Peloponessos and the ferry runs from Neapolis, Githion and Kasteli in Crete with a couple boats a week leaving from Pireaus. Nice beaches, beautiful towns. Accommodations are scarce so book before you go especially in August when returning Greek-Australians fill the island. if you are looking for a beautiful off the beaten path island this may be it. (from Matt's travel website - see below).