03 May Kythnos: A hidden beauty in your sailing itinerary
Just a few nautical miles from Athens, Kythnos is an ideal location for a sailing getaway. Gorgeous beaches, green valleys, and white stoned villages put together this easygoing paradise that is yet to be touched by mass tourism. Covered with nature and tradition, Kythnos is home to more than 70 sandy beaches with azure waters thought to have therapeutic properties.
A huge choice of bays where you can anchor while sailing and two ports, make it an ideal sailing destination. Merichas is the main port of Kythnos, where you can find all the supplies you may need, enjoy the delicious local cuisine in one of the fish tavernas, and experience the lively nightlife. The Marina of Loutra is a tiny harbor in a charming, rural, fishing village setting. Loutra is famous for its hot water springs, which you can enjoy both from the sea or by visiting the Hydrotherapy Centre. The Mesolithic settlement of Maroulas, dating all the way back to 10,000 BC, is the oldest habitation of the Cyclades and is found very close to Loutra.
Always kissed by the Aegean sun, the Hora of Kythnos, also known as Messaria, has managed to preserve its authentic, Greek character. A walk around the colorful, maze-like lanes of the village is a must. Decorated with flowers and paintings drawn by the locals, Hora is the centre of life of Kythnos and it will give you a glimpse of the everyday life of Kythnos’ locals and their tradition.
The most iconic beach of Kythnos is Kolona, a strip of golden sand that connects the main island with the islet of Agios Loukas, dividing the sea into two beaches. The emerald waters of Merihas beach, the golden sand of Flabouria beach, the cove of Skilou next to Gaidouromandra Beach, Apokroussi, and Agios Sostis are all worth exploring. The Cave of Katafiki is also a must visit. Located close to the old capital of the island, this cave is thought to be one of the biggest caves in Greece and has been used as shelter by locals during World War 2. Its man-made carvings, along with its stalagmites and unique rock formations, make it one of the island’s most important tourist attractions.
Now that spring is finally here and the sun is shining brighter than ever, don’t miss the chance to start organizing your next sailing adventure. Don’t hesitate to contact our experienced team to help you organize your sailing trip to the amazingly beautiful and modest Kythnos.