Kythira, Greece

Situated between the Ionian and Aegean seas, Kythira, Greece is one of the most beautiful Ionian Islands, visitors and travelers will find the island is a wonderful travel destination.

According to legend Isiodos, Kythira is the island where Greek Goddess Aphrodite was born. In the second millennium BC, Kithira was a Minoan Colony and later on, a Spartan outpost. During the Peloponnesian war, Kithira was taken over by the Athenians, and it served as an Athenian outpost till Romans arrived.

Tourists can get to Kythira either by plane from Athens or by ferry into the port of Agia Pelagia and Diakofti. Kapsali,  Kythera, Greece

Before travelling to Kithira, it is important for accommodation to be ensured, especially from May to September. While the island does not have mass tourism or commercialization, it however attracts many tourists who seek peaceful holidays by themselves, with a few friends or with their love partners.

Tourists can stay in rooms & apartments, traditional houses, hotels, as well as houses &villas. There is something for everyone.

The beaches in Kythira are considered to be the cleanest in the entire Mediterranean area. Kaladi, is according to many the most beautiful beach on the island. That particular beach is divided into three parts, the most impressive of which being the third one, a small cave that leads to a tiny beach. Not everyone can get to that beach though, since in order to get there, tourists will have to descend the 120 stone steps.

Another very popular beach in Kithira is the beach of Agia Pelagia. Lying in the northeastern part of the island, that beach is famous for its fine gray sand as well as the exceptionally clean waters. Because it is on the main road, Agia Pelagia beach is accessible to everyone. It is also the ideal place for sports fans, since a variety of sports tournaments such as beach volley and beach racket play are held there every summer.

Tourists should not miss the opportunity to visit the two museums in Kythira. The Archaeological Museum in Chora has two halls. The first contains mostly findings of Prehistoric and Classical Years of the Island, while the second contains important findings of recent excavations as well as later samples of the island’s rich history, such as the statue of Aphrodite and Eros.

In the church of Analypsis, granted by the Holy Metropolis of Kithira, there is the Byzantine Museum, where tourists can see a collection of murals, religious paintings and ceramics. Many of those items have been collected by the Archaeological Service to prevent the destruction of church murals.

For those looking for a place to spend some quiet and quality time, the island of Kythira will certainly not disappoint.


Ionian Islands, Greece

Greece is an island nation. Thousands of small islets and larger islands spread across the azure Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, making it a luscious and sun filled vacation destination. Among Greece's islands are the sub-chain known as the Ionian Islands. Among the islands is the well known isle of Corfu. Taking a tour if the Ionian Islands is a great way of immersing yourself into the best that Greece has to offer.

Corfu is the second largest of the Ionian Islands, second only to Kefalonia. Corfu was among the first to actively market itself to the tourist market, and it still shows that today. Corfu, due to the lush mountainsides, is nicknamed The Emerald Island of Greece. In these green mountains are dozens of trekking and walking trails, letting adventurous types explore on foot. The name Corfu is not the name the Greeks call her, instead referring to Corfu in the Greek "Kerkyra", the name of the temptress that lured Poseidon in from the sea.

Paleokastritsa, Island Corfu, Ionian Islands, GreeceThe other Ionian Islands are Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Lefkada, Ithaca, Paxos and Kythira. These are all known for private and secluded white-sand beaches, fishing, diving and steep mountainous terrain. Ferry service connects all of the islands with daily service, letting travelers explore by boat.

Peak tourist season in the Ionian Islands is between late May through early September. If you visit during this time of year, try to make reservations at the hotels and pensions well in advance because of the popularity of these getaway Isles. To explore on land, there are numerous scooter and Vespa rentals. With the high cost of fuel, these scooters make great inexpensive transportation with which to explore.

The islands have a sparse population, which allows visitors great leeway in finding remote or uncrowded beaches. The largest island Kefalonia only has 32,000 year round residents in an area that comprises 700 square kilometers. That leaves lots of space for everyone. Even with the small populations, there are ample hotels, inns and restaurants that cater to visitors.

When an exploration of the Greek Islands crosses the agenda, be sure to to include visits to the Ionian Islands on the western edge of Greece for a truly unique and special Greek getaway.