|Visited in 2001, 2008, 2009,
2010 and 2012
Walking, hiking and trekking on KYTHNOS
(last update on the 27th of February 2013)
*** = very beautiful
**** = exceptional
NN = new in 2012
3. Chóra -
is one of the most western Cycladic isles. An important boat-line goes from
Piraeus first to Kýthnos, then to Sérifos, Sífnos and Mílos.
Once or twice a week the boat then continues to Folégandros, Síkinos,
Santoríni and Anáfi.
In addition, there are fairly frequent connections with the harbour of Lávrio, via Kéa; also the Aqua Jewel, the Aqua Spirit and the Artemis take care of connections with Kéa and Lávrio, but also with many other Cycladic islands.
You reach the port of Mérichas at Kýthnos after a boat trip of approximately two hours and a half. The surface area of Kýthnos is 99 km² and it has a population of about 1600 people.
Kýthnos is a rather
dry and arid island; some villages are really nice, especially Chóra or
Messariá. There are majestic coastlines and beautiful beaches to seduce the
The landscape in the neighbourhood of the ancient capital, the
Paleókastro, is really impressive.
The landscape in the neighbourhood of the ancient capital, the Paleókastro, is really impressive.
Mérichas is a picturesque fishing port with some cosy hotels and restaurants. There are busses between Mérichas and on the one hand Chóra and Loutrá, and on the other hand Dryopída and Kanála.
Chóra is situated at about 5 km from Mérichas and it provides for some nice walks. It is really pleasant to walk in the streets, decorated with white floor paintings with little flowers and ships.
In Loutrá, even further to the north, you can find wells containing sulphur and iron.
4,5 km south of Mérichas is impressive because a deep valley divides the
village in two neighbourhoods. Another 5 km further to the south lies Kanála,
with a church in the middle of a beautiful pine forest.
There are a lot of marvellous beaches at Kýthnos: slightly north of Mérichas there is the beach of Martinákia; and a little more to the north you find the magnificent beaches of Episkopí and Apókrousi, and the picturesque peninsula of Kolónna. Interesting as well are a couple of beaches that are not that well known, such as Agios Stéfanos, Agios Ioánnis or Kaló Livádi on the east coast, Flambouriá and Agios Dimítrios on the west coast.
The fact that Kýthnos does not easily reveal its attractions was,
until recently, also due to the lack of decent hiking maps.
In fact, you can really make a lot of beautiful hikes on Kýthnos
- at the back of the Terrrain map you find 13 suggestions for
hikes; on this site we will eventually describe 19 hikes, of which the
most beautiful are: the hike from Chóra (or Messariá) to the Profítis
Ilías (334 m hight), from Loutrá to the Paleókastro, from Chóra to Agios
Stéfanos, from Chóra to the Vryókastro and especially from Chóra to Agios Ioánnis.
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The fishing port of Mérichas
The monastery above
on the Profítis Ilías
The sand tongue of Kolónna
The church of Panagía Nikous, outside of Chóra
Sunset on the beach of Episkopí