Best Things to Do in Kythira Greece in 2024

Kythira Greece is located between the Peloponnese and Crete at the crossroads of the Aegean, the Ionian, and the Cretan seas. It is an ideal island for people who love lush greenery, beautiful beaches, and settlements and seek tranquil and peaceful vacations.

Kythira Greece, with its 90 km of beaches and a rich history of chapels, castles, ancient sites, and landmarks, is a paradise for every traveler. Is Kythira worth visiting? Absolutely! So let’s discover all the wonderful places you can visit in Kythira!

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Top Things to Do in Kythira Greece

Explore the Villages

Diakofti Port

Diakofti village and beach with umbrellas and people swimming in Kythira Greece.

Diakofti is a tiny seafront village on the northeastern side of the island, in one of the most beautiful locations in Kythira, next to the main port. The waters are shallow and turquoise, and the sand is white, ideal if you have small children.

Makry Kythira bridge to port

The village is a popular destination for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. Across from Diakofti, on the island of Makry Kythira, is the port of Kythira. The port is connected to Diakofti by a bridge. This makes it easy for visitors to travel between the two islands.

A few years ago, the Russian cargo ship Nordland sank just off the port and remains there half-submerged on the island of Prasonis, making it a tourist attraction and an excellent spot for scuba diving.

Are you traveling with your family? Check out this child-friendly property in Diakofti.

Kapsali Bay

Kapsali Bay is the southernmost Blue Flag sandy beach in Kythira, formed by two breathtaking bays that resemble the Greek letter Omega (ω). It is a lovely village but can get quite crowded during the peak season, as it is a popular resort.

Saint John off the Cliff on Kythira Island Greece.

Saint John off the Cliff, also known as Agios Ioannis tou Kastriou in Greek, is a charming whitewashed chapel perched atop a cliff overlooking the stunning Kapsali Bay in Kythira, Greece. The chapel is believed to have been built in the 14th century and is dedicated to Saint John the Evangelist. Whether you are a religious pilgrim, a lover of stunning scenery, or simply looking for a unique and unforgettable experience, a visit to Saint John of the Cliff is a must-do when visiting Kythira.


Nestled on the eastern coast of Kythira, Avlemonas Bay is a picturesque and romantic seafront village. The village has narrow streets, lined with traditional tavernas and cafes and tiny bays, ideal to enjoy for romantic sunsets.

Avlemonas in Kythira Greece is also famous for its cuisine. Freshly caught fish, grilled to perfection and seasoned with the island’s aromatic herbs, is the star of the show. Local delicacies like snails in garlic sauce, moussaka, and grilled octopus tantalize the taste buds, while the village’s friendly atmosphere creates a happy dining experience.

Nearby Avlemonas lies the largest beach on the island, Palaiopolis, with tiny white and red pebbles. It contains two beaches separated by a large cluster of rocks where in ancient times used to be a sanctuary dedicated to Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. In the middle of the Palaiopolis beach, in the location “Monopetra”, there are also Minoan tombs.

The beach is very accessible, next to the main road, where you can park. As it is greatly affected by strong (north, northeast) winds it is also a popular beach for windsurfing.

Agia Pelagia

Village near by the sea with a beautiful view taken from a drone in Agia Pelagia Kythira Greece.

Agia Pelagia village is built amphitheatrically on a low hill overlooking the Peloponnese. It has a long sandy beach and is probably the most touristically advanced area in Kythira.

Along its waters, you will find an organized beach with sunbeds and umbrellas, and many cafes, restaurants, and hotels. It is about 26 km far from Kythira Chora.

A great place to stay situated on a hill overlooking the sea at Agia Pelagia, with a notoriously tasteful breakfast is at Stella’s Houses (mid-range).

Swim in Kythira Greece Best Beaches

Melidoni Beach

Kythira’s beaches are a paradise for sunseekers and nature lovers alike. With over 90 kilometers of coastline, the island boasts a diverse range of beaches, from tranquil coves and secluded beaches to bustling, family-friendly shores. Whether you prefer the rugged beauty of the west coast or the soft sands of the east, there’s a beach on Kythira that will cater to your taste.

Some of the beaches, besides the ones that are around the main villages, I love visiting are:

Agios Nicholas beach
  • Agios Nicholas: Nestled at the northernmost tip of Kythira, tranquil, pebbled, secluded, not organized. The small whitewashed chapel dedicated to Saint Nicholas stands amidst the surrounding cliffs. In the background, you can see (or hike) the Lighthouse.
  • Chalkos: Chalkos Beach is located on the southeastern coast of Kythira, about 8 km east of Chora. It is a small, quiet beach with soft, golden sand and crystal-clear waters. The beach is easily accessible by car, as it is located just off the main road. There are a few small tavernas and cafes nearby, with some umbrellas and beds. It can get very busy during summer.
  • Firi Ammos (near Kalamos) – large beach with red sand, organized, 1 canteen. Because of the slightly challenging dirt road to get to this beach, it is never too crowded.
A sandy beach with many people on Kaladi Beach on Kythira Greece.
Kaladi Beach
  • Kaladi: Probably the most beautiful beach on Kythira. To get to the beach you need to walk down a 124-step steep stone staircase (but it is worth it!). Kaladi is omega-shaped, not organized, with two small bays, turquoise water, pebbles, and sand in some places. Access is from the village of Fratsia if you are coming from the north, and from Livadi from the south.
A Sandy Beach with trees, some White Washed houses with blue sky in Limnionas Beach Kythira Greece.
Limnionas Beach
  • Limnionas: Sandy, secluded, not organized with trees, in the western part of Kythira. You will love the canteen, ‘Brothers on Wheels’!
  • Lykodimou beach: Stunning, secluded beach with an impressive background of a huge rock and velvety blue waters. Pebbled, not organized
  • Melidoni: sandy, organized, secluded, and popular during the summer.

Kythira Chora (Main Town)

Kythira Chora

Nestled atop a hill overlooking the picturesque harbor of Kapsali, the main town of Kythira, Chora offers a breathtaking panorama of the entire island. Built centuries ago as a strategic defense against marauding pirates, Chora’s charming architecture has stood the test of time. The most captivating section of the town lies in the vicinity of the imposing Venetian Castle, constructed in the 13th century and perched atop the highest point of Chora.

Wander through the remnants of the past on the Venetian Castle and see the old prisons, the Venetian fountain, the gunpowder chambers, the Byzantine churches with frescoes, and the many canons around the castle.

Do not miss the islet of Chytra from the top of the castle. At Kythira Chora’s main square, you will also find an interesting Archaeological Museum with findings from the excavations on the island.

If you love guided tours then I highly recommend this comprehensive private tour on the island of Kythira.

Hike in Kythira

A sandy beach taken from the Hill with Blue Sky in Kythira Scenic Seaside, Kythira Island Greece.
Kythira scenic seaside while hiking

Two main low mountains cross the island, with the east peak reaching 474 m of Digenis Mt. and the western peak – and the highest of the island- at 506 m of Mermigkaris Mt.

The lack of mass tourism on the island, combined with a wonderful variety of nature and architecture makes it an excellent destination for hiking holidays. Despite the rocky terrain, most of the island is covered with rich vegetation and many olive trees. The trails pass by small olive and pine groves, picturesque villages, and remote and peaceful beaches where you can dive.

Two of the Kythira trails have been certified as Green Flag Trails, becoming the first-ever trails in Europe to receive the certification.

Some Hikers on The Hill Looking the view to the Sea in Kythira Island Greece.
© Paths of Greece

Kythira trail network is about 32 km with new paths cleared out constantly and being added every year. The project is run by the Kytherian Foundation for Culture and Development and Paths of Greece.

A View Taken from a Drone with some cars on the road near by the sea in Kakia Lagkada Lake and Gorge in Kythira Island Greece.
Kakia Lagkada lake and gorge

There are 8 signposted trails, most of them easy and short hikes with the Livadi-Kapsali trail being the longest at 8.2 km. If you like spectacular landscapes drive to the northeast in Kakia Lagkada beach and lake for a unique hike and swim. Discover here the hiking trails of Kythira.

Visit Antikythira Island

The Antikythira Mechanism in the Museum in Kythira Island Greece.
The Antikythira Mechanism

On May 17, 1901, Greek sponge divers bumped into an ancient shipwreck close to Antikythira island, and inside the ship discovered the world’s first computer. The Antikythira Mechanism is estimated to have been constructed between 100 and 205 BC and its pieces can be visited at the Athens National Archaeological Museum.

Antikythira is a small island with only 50 permanent inhabitants, a very virgin place unspoiled from tourism. It is a great place for hiking too. Kythira is connected to Antikythira by ferry 4 times per week (the trip lasts 1,5 hours). Check here FerryScanner for timetables and prices.

4-million-old Cave of Agia Sofia

Entrance to the Cave of Agia Sofia with Icons to the Both Sides in Kythira Island Greece.
Entrance to the Cave of Agia Sofia

Explore the 4 million-year-old Cave of Agia Sofia, located 3.5 km away from Mylopotamos. It covers 2,000 sqm of ten chambers with impressive stalactites and stalagmites in beautiful red shades.

Agia Sofia Cave and a Lake Inside in Kythira Island Greece.
Agia Sofia Cave – Photo: Kythira

Right at the entrance you will see a stone temple with Byzantine frescoes dedicated to Agia Sofia. They date back to the 13th century but humidity and lack of light have kept them in excellent condition. The cave is located near the beach Limnionas so you can combine a beach day with a cultural and natural visit!

Discover Unique Sites all over Kythira

Medieval Castle-town of Paleochora

Visit the Medieval Castle-town of Paleochora from the 12th century and the Venetian castle at Kato Chora Mylopotamos. All Castles have free entrance to the public, open from 8.00-20.00.

A Fantastic View Taken from a Drone of Kythira Castle of the Hytra Islet in Kythira Island Greece.
Views from Kythira Castle of the Hytra islet

Take the boat to the impressive islet of Hytra with the golden cave. You can swim to the cave or just admire it from the safety of your boat.

Waterfalls with a lot of Green in Fonissa Kythira Island Greece.
Waterfalls in Fonissa

Visit the beautiful waterfalls in Fonissa, an evergreen place with mesmerizing waterfalls falling from 20 m high in the Mylopotamos area.

Go to Platanos Tavern in Mylopotamos which has served delicious local dishes under its three plane trees for 130 years. For dessert, stroll down the steps to the duck pond, and to the Kamari cafe for coffee and ice cream.

Don’t miss the religious festivals in honor of Panagia Myrtidiotissa Monastery (September 24th).

Katouni Bridge With Beautiful Blue Sky in Kythira Island Greece.
Katouni Bridge, Kythira

Stroll on the Stone Bridge of Katouni, an impressive bridge, of 13 arches and 12 domes, 110m long and 15m tall.

Taste the local delicacies at Filio tavern in Kalamos village, with grilled feta cheese and local greens in garlic, or Skandia Restaurant in Paleopolis, the birthplace of Aphrodite (I know Cyprus claims the same, no idea who is right :D), with fresh fish and aubergines with local flour.

Feed the local stray cats in one of the 25 feeding stations all over Kythira island. More info on the Adopt a Cat website here.

Where to Stay in Kythira Greece

Kanellis Studios

Kanellis Studios (mid-range, self-catering) is a charming property with a beautiful view of the Avlemonas beach. It is a one-minute walk down to the side of the rocky cove for a swim before breakfast, and one minute away from all the tavernas and cafes.

Athena Kythera (Self-catering, budget) has friendly owners, the property has a beautiful sea view of the sandy beach of Diakofti, a place to relax and feel at home.

Tips for Visiting Kythira Greece

  • When is best to go to Kythira? The island is at its liveliest between May and September. You can visit in winter, it has 3973 permanent residents, meaning there will be hotels, cafes, and taverns for you, but it will be quiet.
  • How long should you stay on Kythira Island? You can spend at least 5 days or more and be happily surprised every day if you are looking for quietness, relaxation, and Greek authenticity.
  • If you are visiting in July and August, meltemia, the northern winds, can be strong and it gets chillier in the evening, so you better get a light jacket with you.
  • If you are staying longer in Kythira, I recommend you rent a car to get to the beaches around the island. There will be some dirt roads to get to some beaches, so make sure you rent a suitable vehicle.
  • Many beaches in Kythira are unorganized, and there might be no trees or other shade available, water, or food supply. You should carry your supplies if you are visiting a remote beach.

How to Get to Kythira from Athens

Kythira port on the islet across from Diakofti village and the sunken ship

There are three ways to get to Kythira: the fastest, the most scenic, or the more adventurous one!

Flights to Kythira

The fastest way to get to Kythira is by flying from Athens International Airport, using a local flight from Sky Express, or Olympic Air. Aegean Airlines doesn’t have any flights to Kythira for the time being.

Ferries to Kythira

The most scenic way is by taking the ferries (check out trips on FerryScanner) from Piraeus, Athens’ main port, 2-3 ferries are going to Kythira every week.

Road Trip to Kythira

The most adventurous and my favorite way to reach Kythira island is by car: You can rent a car and drive from Athens to the south of the Peloponnese, reach Gytheio or Neapoli towns, and take the ferry from Gytheio or Neapoli to Kythira. That way you get to see all the in-between sites such as Ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplion, and the Sanctuary in Epidaurus.

Suggested Itineraries in the Peloponnese:

How to get around Kythira

Local Buses: Between May and September the municipality operates frequent routes with buses that run from the airport and port to the island’s main villages.

Taxis: There are a few taxis that you will find useful for your transportation on the island of Kythira.

Rent a Car: probably the best option to go around Kythira and discover all the hidden gems of the island at your own pace.

Kythira Greece, is a hidden gem that deserves to be discovered. With its stunning beaches, rich history, and charming villages, it is an island that offers something for everyone. So, pack your bags and embark on a journey to this idyllic island paradise.

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Athens Airport to Piraeus Port

Bus X96 Peiraias Port to Athens Airport
Airport Bus
  • Bus: If you are arriving at Athens International Airport you can travel straight to the port by taking the X96 express bus (€5.5, children <6 yo, free entrance), which departs every 40 minutes and the average trip lasts 1 hour – runs 24/7.
  • Metro: (€9) is easily found across airport arrivals (blue line – M3) going directly to Piraeus port. The average trip to Piraeus lasts 1 hour.
  • Taxis are available in front of the airport (around €40 to Athens, €55-60 to Piraeus (depending on the traffic in Kifisos), and take up to 3 or 4 people with small luggage)
  • Rent a car with Discover Cars for reliable, new cars at affordable prices
  • You don’t like driving but love hassle-free solutions? Book a Private transfer with an English-speaking driver from Athens International Airport to Piraeus Ferries, or anywhere else in Greece
  • Are you looking for domestic flights in Greece? Check out the official Aegean Airlines Website.

Did you Go to Kythira Island?

What were the best things you did in the area? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear whether I managed to get it onto your bucket list! Until next time, Evgenia 🙂

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Evgenia Mataragka
Hi! I am an Athens-based Greek obsessed with exploring Greece and bringing you the best travel experience ever!

2 thoughts on “Best Things to Do in Kythira Greece in 2024”

  1. Very useful article! Someday when I am no longer able to walk as much (hopefully not until many many years from now!) there will still be some Greek islands that are possible to visit without too much difficulty.


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