Attractions In Kythera

Explore The Attractions Of Kythera
Amir Ali Springs (Karavas village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Local legend has it that a Kytherean decided to rebel against the Ottoman law that required Greek men to hand over their wives the local Ottoman leader on their wedding night. Disguised in women’s clothing, the Kytherean man pretended to be his wife and went to the Ottoman ruler Amir Ali in order to spare his wife. Amir Ali beheaded him by the springs which, despite this gruesome history, are immensely beautiful and refreshing.

Archaeological Museum of Kythera (Chora)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This small museum features artifacts from local digs that range from Neolithic times on. Minoan and Mycenaean relics are on exhibit here as well as a beautiful marble lion dating back to the 6thC BC and a Renaissance statue of Aphrodite and Eros. Please check before visiting as it might be closed for renovations.

Avlemona Castle (Avlemona village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This Venetian fortress was designed to protect one of Kythera’s most important ports and keep a vigilant eye over the Aegean. Explore this site and you’ll be transported to another world – which is why it’s a beloved highlight for all visitors. Lord Elgin’s ship, transporting the Parthenon marbles, sank close to the castle.

Byzantine Museum of Kythera (Analipsi Church in Kato Livadi village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This collection features a rare number of Byzantine artifacts, including mosaics, murals and icons.

Chora Castle (in Chora)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Also called Fortezza, this castle was built by the Venetians in the 1200s boasting many architecturally noteworthy characteristics here, including a prison, gunpowder storage tower, homes that belonged to over 200 soldiers, and a domed cistern. Also worth visiting is Pantokrator Church within the castle, and the adjoining Historical Archive of Kythera.

Elgin Shipwreck (Avlemona village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

The Mentor sank in 1802 off Avlemona harbor as it transported the Parthenon Marbles on behalf of Lord Elgin. Locals recovered a number of items belonging to the crew, including a clock that stopped at the exact time of the sinking.

Historic Archives of Kythera (Chora castle)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This Venetian building preserves the history of the island from the 16thC onward and is the most complete record of Ionian history.

Housti Cave (Diakofti village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Once used as a temple to worship the goddess Aphrodite, this underground cave contains a number of archaeological artifacts dating back to 4000 BC. Just follow the steps that are carved into the stone to see this important site. Archaeologists offer guided tours in the summer.

Housti cave dig (near Diakofti)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Stone tools and artifacts dating back to 4000 BC and belonging to the Classical and Roman times mark this as an important site. Excavations are ongoing throughout the summer and visitors can request a guided tour from the on-site working archeologists and even volunteer.

Hytra Cave (Hytra islet)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

You’ll need to take a boat across to visit this stunning cave. Afternoon is the best time for exploring as the sun shines into the cave at an angle that turns the water incredible shades of aquamarine.

Hytra Islet
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Hytra Islet – a stunning experience. Hydra islet is an experience that will remain indelible in your heart and mind. Off the coast of Kapsali, this islet offers a tapestry of sempreviva flowers – the island’s mascot.
As you explore this area, the sea-cave in the interior will take your breath away with greens and blues that turn the rock walls into a light show. A little beach will top off your trip with a refreshing swim.

Hytra Islet (off Kapsali)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This natural monument is the island’s pride and joy. The sempreviva flower flourishes here and a sea-cave offers visitors stunning greens and blues when the afternoon sun streams in. There’s a beach as well for a quick dip.

Kalamos Cave/St. Sophia Chapel (near Spilies village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This beautiful cave is inaccessible during the winter months as the ravine within which it remains artfully hidden fills with water. Located at the entrance of the cave is the chapel dedicated to St. Sophia. The oldest archaeological remains of the island were found in this cave and date back to 6000 BC. Make sure you bring a flashlight when exploring and be careful, the ground is very slippery.

Katafygadi Cave (Mermygaris peak)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Situated at the peak of the island’s tallest mountain, this cave isn’t usually found on most tourist maps and as a result is rarely explored. Mycenaean artifacts were unearthed here, and the cave is a favorite shelter for local wildlife.

Katouni Bridge (Katouni village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This stunning stone bridge consists of 13 arches and 12 domes, is 110m long and 15m tall. Built by McFale during the British occupation in 1826, it constituted a significant improvement to local infrastructure. McFale fell in love with a local girl from Katouni village and rumor has it he built the bridge to shorten the distance between them and have an excuse to see her every day.

Milapidea School (near Ano Livadi and Fatsadika villages)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This is a stunning example of British architecture. Built in 1825, it features Gothic windows and was built by the British in order to foster education on the island. The locals welcomed this effort .

Moudari Lighthouse (Cape Spathi)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Built by the British in 1857, it stands 25m tall and is the highest lighthouse built during English occupation in Greece. It offers stunning views off the northernmost tip of the island.

Mylopotamos Castle (near Mylopotamos village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This breathtaking example of Venetian architecture was built on flaming red rock that comes to brilliant life at sunset. St. Mark’s lion, the coat-of-arms of the Venetian Republic, adorns the gate above the entrance. Built in 1565, it once housed 50 Venetian families charged with protecting the island from pirates’ terrifying raids.

Paleohora (near Kastri)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

For a glimpse into the island’s Byzantine past, visit this veritable Byzantine ghost town razed in 1536 by Ottoman warrior Barbarossa. Located close to Kakia Lagada canyon, you’ll find the remains of 12thC monasteries, over 20 Byzantine churches and almost 80 homes that made up this former capital.

Paleohora Castle/Fortress (Paleohora)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Built in the 12th Century by Byzantines from Monemvasia, it’s strategically located within a stunning gorge that offers ample natural protection. Within the fortress you’ll find the beautiful Church of St. Barbara. If you love all things spooky, visit the castle after sundown – locals swear you’ll hear the screams of women who were killed by Barbarossa.

Paleokastro (near Paleohora)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Highlights of this site – the island’s capital city in Antiquity – include a sanctuary dedicated to Aphrodite, the remains of walls and buildings.

Paleopoli
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Minoan graves and the remains of an ancient castle are visible at this site. Inquire at the museum for more information.

Saint Sophia Cave (Agia Pelagia village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

You’ll think you entered a fairy world when you explore this cave. Stalactites and stalagmites decorate every surface and sculpt the walls in beautiful patterns.

Saint Sophia Cave (Mylopotamos village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Guided tours of this stunning cave will reveal a beautifully hand-painted 11thC altar (it’s literally on the cave wall) and adjacent chambers that unveil colorful stalactites and stalagmites. Try to spot the Kythironiscus paragiamani, a creature that can only be found in this cave – it’s tiny, blind, and survives on wood and water found in the cave.

St. Andreas Church (Livadi village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Make sure you note the beautiful murals that date back to the 10th, 13th, and 16th centuries.

St. Dimitri in Pourka Church (near Gerakianika village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This church is the only such architectural example in the whole of Greece. A compound consisting of four separate structures consisting of four churches dedicated to four different saints, the church is both domed and shingled. St. Dimitri church is the oldest of the four, was built in the 13th C and features murals from the 13th and 14th centuries.

St. Elessa Church and Monastery (top of St. Elessa mountain)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

St. Elessa Church and Monastery (top of St. Elessa mountain) Built in 1871, this church and monastery afford beautiful views all the way down to Melidoni beach. Especially beautiful is the monastery’s three-tiered belfry.

St. John of the Cliff Church (Kapsali village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This traditional white-washed church literally clings to the edge of the cliff. The church itself is built in a cave, and is also the location where St. John began recording the Revelations before going to Patmos.

St. Nicholas of the Wine Church (near Myrtidion village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Built by a ship-captain as a gesture of thanks when St. Nicholas saved him and his wine-laden ship from a storm, the captain mixed wine instead of water into the mortar and other building materials to highlight his devotion and gratitude.

St. Panteleimona Church (Paleopoli)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This 7thC basilica is the oldest on the island and is an example of paleochristian architecture and yielded a number of important archaeological artifacts.

St. Sophia Church and Cave (Mylopotamos village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This chapel features 18thC artwork painted on the cave wall which also serves as an altar. Tour the rest of the cave as well.

St. Theodore Monastery (between Logothetianika and Aroniadika villages)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This beautiful monastery nestles amidst one of the lushest, greenest parts of the island. Dedicated to the island’s patron saint and the place where he spent his life as a monk in the 10thC, it was built by the Venetians and one of the buildings was used as a school by the British.

Virgin Mary of Myrtidiotissa (Myrtidion village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This is the most important church and monastery on the island and is considered Kythera’s savior. It’s nestled amidst a thick pine forest and houses the island’s most important icon.

Virgin Mary of the Orphan in Mylopotamos village
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Part of this white-washed church is built inside a cave, while you’ll be able to enjoy stunning views of the gorge and the river.

Zeidoros Theater (Kapsali village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This theater is a replica of Epidavros theater and hosts a number of cultural activities every summer, including plays and concerts.

Housti cave dig (near Diakofti)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Stone tools and artifacts dating back to 4000 BC and belonging to the Classical and Roman times mark this as an important site. Excavations are ongoing throughout the summer and visitors can request a guided tour from the on-site working archeologists and even volunteer.

Paleohora (near Kastri)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

For a glimpse into the island’s Byzantine past, visit this veritable Byzantine ghost town razed in 1536 by Ottoman warrior Barbarossa. Located close to Kakia Lagada canyon, you’ll find the remains of 12thC monasteries, over 20 Byzantine churches and almost 80 homes that made up this former capital.

Paleokastro (near Paleohora)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Highlights of this site – the island’s capital city in Antiquity – include a sanctuary dedicated to Aphrodite, the remains of walls and buildings.

Paleopoli
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Minoan graves and the remains of an ancient castle are visible at this site. Inquire at the museum for more information.

Avlemona Castle (Avlemona village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This Venetian fortress was designed to protect one of Kythera’s most important ports and keep a vigilant eye over the Aegean. Explore this site and you’ll be transported to another world – which is why it’s a beloved highlight for all visitors. Lord Elgin’s ship, transporting the Parthenon marbles, sank close to the castle.

Chora Castle (in Chora)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Also called Fortezza, this castle was built by the Venetians in the 1200s boasting many architecturally noteworthy characteristics here, including a prison, gunpowder storage tower, homes that belonged to over 200 soldiers, and a domed cistern. Also worth visiting is Pantokrator Church within the castle, and the adjoining Historical Archive of Kythera.

Mylopotamos Castle (near Mylopotamos village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This breathtaking example of Venetian architecture was built on flaming red rock that comes to brilliant life at sunset. St. Mark’s lion, the coat-of-arms of the Venetian Republic, adorns the gate above the entrance. Built in 1565, it once housed 50 Venetian families charged with protecting the island from pirates’ terrifying raids.

Paleohora Castle/Fortress (Paleohora)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Built in the 12th Century by Byzantines from Monemvasia, it’s strategically located within a stunning gorge that offers ample natural protection. Within the fortress you’ll find the beautiful Church of St. Barbara. If you love all things spooky, visit the castle after sundown – locals swear you’ll hear the screams of women who were killed by Barbarossa.

Housti Cave (Diakofti village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Once used as a temple to worship the goddess Aphrodite, this underground cave contains a number of archaeological artifacts dating back to 4000 BC. Just follow the steps that are carved into the stone to see this important site. Archaeologists offer guided tours in the summer.

Hytra Cave (Hytra islet)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

You’ll need to take a boat across to visit this stunning cave. Afternoon is the best time for exploring as the sun shines into the cave at an angle that turns the water incredible shades of aquamarine.

Kalamos Cave/St. Sophia Chapel (near Spilies village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This beautiful cave is inaccessible during the winter months as the ravine within which it remains artfully hidden fills with water. Located at the entrance of the cave is the chapel dedicated to St. Sophia. The oldest archaeological remains of the island were found in this cave and date back to 6000 BC. Make sure you bring a flashlight when exploring and be careful, the ground is very slippery.

Katafygadi Cave (Mermygaris peak)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Situated at the peak of the island’s tallest mountain, this cave isn’t usually found on most tourist maps and as a result is rarely explored. Mycenaean artifacts were unearthed here, and the cave is a favorite shelter for local wildlife.

Saint Sophia Cave (Agia Pelagia village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

You’ll think you entered a fairy world when you explore this cave. Stalactites and stalagmites decorate every surface and sculpt the walls in beautiful patterns.

Saint Sophia Cave (Mylopotamos village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Guided tours of this stunning cave will reveal a beautifully hand-painted 11thC altar (it’s literally on the cave wall) and adjacent chambers that unveil colorful stalactites and stalagmites. Try to spot the Kythironiscus paragiamani, a creature that can only be found in this cave – it’s tiny, blind, and survives on wood and water found in the cave.

St. Andreas Church (Livadi village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Make sure you note the beautiful murals that date back to the 10th, 13th, and 16th centuries.

St. Dimitri in Pourka Church (near Gerakianika village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This church is the only such architectural example in the whole of Greece. A compound consisting of four separate structures consisting of four churches dedicated to four different saints, the church is both domed and shingled. St. Dimitri church is the oldest of the four, was built in the 13th C and features murals from the 13th and 14th centuries.

St. Elessa Church and Monastery (top of St. Elessa mountain)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

St. Elessa Church and Monastery (top of St. Elessa mountain) Built in 1871, this church and monastery afford beautiful views all the way down to Melidoni beach. Especially beautiful is the monastery’s three-tiered belfry.

St. John of the Cliff Church (Kapsali village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This traditional white-washed church literally clings to the edge of the cliff. The church itself is built in a cave, and is also the location where St. John began recording the Revelations before going to Patmos.

St. Nicholas of the Wine Church (near Myrtidion village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Built by a ship-captain as a gesture of thanks when St. Nicholas saved him and his wine-laden ship from a storm, the captain mixed wine instead of water into the mortar and other building materials to highlight his devotion and gratitude.

St. Panteleimona Church (Paleopoli)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This 7thC basilica is the oldest on the island and is an example of paleochristian architecture and yielded a number of important archaeological artifacts.

St. Sophia Church and Cave (Mylopotamos village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This chapel features 18thC artwork painted on the cave wall which also serves as an altar. Tour the rest of the cave as well.

St. Theodore Monastery (between Logothetianika and Aroniadika villages)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This beautiful monastery nestles amidst one of the lushest, greenest parts of the island. Dedicated to the island’s patron saint and the place where he spent his life as a monk in the 10thC, it was built by the Venetians and one of the buildings was used as a school by the British.

Virgin Mary of Myrtidiotissa (Myrtidion village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This is the most important church and monastery on the island and is considered Kythera’s savior. It’s nestled amidst a thick pine forest and houses the island’s most important icon.

Virgin Mary of the Orphan in Mylopotamos village
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Part of this white-washed church is built inside a cave, while you’ll be able to enjoy stunning views of the gorge and the river.

Amir Ali Springs (Karavas village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Local legend has it that a Kytherean decided to rebel against the Ottoman law that required Greek men to hand over their wives the local Ottoman leader on their wedding night. Disguised in women’s clothing, the Kytherean man pretended to be his wife and went to the Ottoman ruler Amir Ali in order to spare his wife. Amir Ali beheaded him by the springs which, despite this gruesome history, are immensely beautiful and refreshing.

Elgin Shipwreck (Avlemona village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

The Mentor sank in 1802 off Avlemona harbor as it transported the Parthenon Marbles on behalf of Lord Elgin. Locals recovered a number of items belonging to the crew, including a clock that stopped at the exact time of the sinking.

Historic Archives of Kythera (Chora castle)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This Venetian building preserves the history of the island from the 16thC onward and is the most complete record of Ionian history.

Hytra Islet (off Kapsali)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This natural monument is the island’s pride and joy. The sempreviva flower flourishes here and a sea-cave offers visitors stunning greens and blues when the afternoon sun streams in. There’s a beach as well for a quick dip.

Katouni Bridge (Katouni village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This stunning stone bridge consists of 13 arches and 12 domes, is 110m long and 15m tall. Built by McFale during the British occupation in 1826, it constituted a significant improvement to local infrastructure. McFale fell in love with a local girl from Katouni village and rumor has it he built the bridge to shorten the distance between them and have an excuse to see her every day.

Milapidea School (near Ano Livadi and Fatsadika villages)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This is a stunning example of British architecture. Built in 1825, it features Gothic windows and was built by the British in order to foster education on the island. The locals welcomed this effort .

Moudari Lighthouse (Cape Spathi)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Built by the British in 1857, it stands 25m tall and is the highest lighthouse built during English occupation in Greece. It offers stunning views off the northernmost tip of the island.

Zeidoros Theater (Kapsali village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This theater is a replica of Epidavros theater and hosts a number of cultural activities every summer, including plays and concerts.

Archaeological Museum of Kythera (Chora)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This small museum features artifacts from local digs that range from Neolithic times on. Minoan and Mycenaean relics are on exhibit here as well as a beautiful marble lion dating back to the 6thC BC and a Renaissance statue of Aphrodite and Eros. Please check before visiting as it might be closed for renovations.

Byzantine Museum of Kythera (Analipsi Church in Kato Livadi village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This collection features a rare number of Byzantine artifacts, including mosaics, murals and icons.

Hytra Islet
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Hytra Islet – a stunning experience. Hydra islet is an experience that will remain indelible in your heart and mind. Off the coast of Kapsali, this islet offers a tapestry of sempreviva flowers – the island’s mascot.
As you explore this area, the sea-cave in the interior will take your breath away with greens and blues that turn the rock walls into a light show. A little beach will top off your trip with a refreshing swim.

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Archaeological Museum of Kythera (Chora)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This small museum features artifacts from local digs that range from Neolithic times on. Minoan and Mycenaean relics are on exhibit here as well as a beautiful marble lion dating back to the 6thC BC and a Renaissance statue of Aphrodite and Eros. Please check before visiting as it might be closed for renovations.

Avlemona Castle (Avlemona village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This Venetian fortress was designed to protect one of Kythera’s most important ports and keep a vigilant eye over the Aegean. Explore this site and you’ll be transported to another world – which is why it’s a beloved highlight for all visitors. Lord Elgin’s ship, transporting the Parthenon marbles, sank close to the castle.

Chora Castle (in Chora)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Also called Fortezza, this castle was built by the Venetians in the 1200s boasting many architecturally noteworthy characteristics here, including a prison, gunpowder storage tower, homes that belonged to over 200 soldiers, and a domed cistern. Also worth visiting is Pantokrator Church within the castle, and the adjoining Historical Archive of Kythera.

Hytra Islet
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Hytra Islet – a stunning experience. Hydra islet is an experience that will remain indelible in your heart and mind. Off the coast of Kapsali, this islet offers a tapestry of sempreviva flowers – the island’s mascot.
As you explore this area, the sea-cave in the interior will take your breath away with greens and blues that turn the rock walls into a light show. A little beach will top off your trip with a refreshing swim.

Milapidea School (near Ano Livadi and Fatsadika villages)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This is a stunning example of British architecture. Built in 1825, it features Gothic windows and was built by the British in order to foster education on the island. The locals welcomed this effort .

Paleohora (near Kastri)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

For a glimpse into the island’s Byzantine past, visit this veritable Byzantine ghost town razed in 1536 by Ottoman warrior Barbarossa. Located close to Kakia Lagada canyon, you’ll find the remains of 12thC monasteries, over 20 Byzantine churches and almost 80 homes that made up this former capital.

Paleopoli
Ionian Islands / Kythera

Minoan graves and the remains of an ancient castle are visible at this site. Inquire at the museum for more information.

St. Dimitri in Pourka Church (near Gerakianika village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This church is the only such architectural example in the whole of Greece. A compound consisting of four separate structures consisting of four churches dedicated to four different saints, the church is both domed and shingled. St. Dimitri church is the oldest of the four, was built in the 13th C and features murals from the 13th and 14th centuries.

St. Sophia Church and Cave (Mylopotamos village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This chapel features 18thC artwork painted on the cave wall which also serves as an altar. Tour the rest of the cave as well.

Zeidoros Theater (Kapsali village)
Ionian Islands / Kythera

This theater is a replica of Epidavros theater and hosts a number of cultural activities every summer, including plays and concerts.

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