Small and tranquil, Kythnos is probably the most discrete Greek island among the Cyclades. Preferred mostly as a weekend destination for many Athenians due to its proximity to the Greek capital, it hasn’t fallen for mass tourism and keeps its beauties largely unspoiled. The picturesque island of Kythnos, or Thermia as it is also known, is located between the islands of Kea and Serifos. It features traditional architecture, delicious local dishes and products, colorful alleys, archaeological sites, countless churches, scenic coves and pristine sandy beaches.
Chora, Driopida, Merihas and Loutra are the main villages on the island. Kolona is the most famous beach of Kythnos, however there are 65 beaches around the island to visit by car, boat or foot. Some of these beaches are organized, while others are totally secluded. Wander through the picturesque villages that boast narrow streets of cobbled stone and gardens full of flowers; visit chapels that emerge humbly from rocky headlands and forest glades; immerse yourself in the sprawling coastline that reveals sandy bays and hidden coves, all suitable for swimming.
The island beckons for unforgettable experiences. The appeal of Kythnos seems somehow to be more than the sum of the natural beauty of the island, its authentic Aegean character, and the islanders’ warmth. What sets it apart is its ability to slow even the most overwrought visitors down to the local pace, allowing them to stop long enough to enjoy its lost-in- time charm.