Tourists usually ignore Kythnos, considering it a barren island that is not the easiest to reach. But because it’s not “fashionable”, it is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the mineral-rich thermal springs in the north of the island. There are over 30 small beaches that are mostly deserted and five villages. The villages are truly Cycladic in their architecture with cobblestone streets, whitewashed houses and central squares.
Both the capital Kythnos and the former capital Dryopida are charming to visit. In the southeast, Kanal has an ancient monastery and lots of trees, uncharacteristic of the island. Kythnos is best discovered by car which can be hired at the port of Merichas. The north-western part of the island (the area between the islet of Agios Loukas and cape Kefalos) is part of the Natura 2000 network.