Travel to Kea, the island - surprise of the Cyclades
A stone's throw from Attica, opposite Sounio, is Kea, the westernmost island of the Cyclades, known for its long history and interesting cultural tradition. Wonderful landscapes of natural beauty alternate, harmoniously, with picturesque traditional settlements, which are scattered in the island inland and a lacy coastline, which hides, in its small coves, beaches with crystal clear waters. The close distance from Athens and the excellent network of tourist infrastructure in Kea, make this beautiful Aegean island an excellent choice for escape from everyday life and its fast pace.
The picturesque capital Ioulida welcomes every visitor with its elegant architectural appearance, its picturesque neighborhoods and its magnificent mansions.
The City Hall and the beautiful neoclassical Old School, impress with their delicate aesthetics, while in the ancient Acropolis, the remains of the temple of Apollo and the medieval castle, are, to this day, witnesses of the glorious history of the island. Leo of Ioulida, carved, entirely, on the rock overlooking the Chora, is an integral part of the popular tradition of Kea and the prehistoric settlements of Kefala and Agia Irini, as well as the ancient city of Karthea, revealing to each visitor their valuable treasures. The monastery of Panagia Kastrini, built on steep cliffs overlooking the Aegean, becomes a spiritual beacon of the island and the Tower of Agia Marina still stands imposingly inland. Numerous cobblestone paths lead to the forests of the royal oak, which paint the stone heart of Kea green, while the wonderful beaches of the island, Xyla, Sykamia, Poisses, Spathi and Koundouros, among others, become oases of recreation for everyone and highlight Kea in a real holiday paradise, ready to fulfill all expectations.
Food and local cuisine
The traditional cuisine in Kea is very rich in flavors. Fresh fish and seafood stand out, although meat lovers can find their favorite flavors in selected restaurants on the island. Kea is famous for its honey and beekeeping products, its sour cheese, its loza, a cold cut that looks like prosciutto, its sausages and its fine wine, Mavroudi. The local sweets are also famous.
When to visit Kea
Travel to the island during the summer months to enjoy your swim in the beautiful beaches of the island and for excursions to nature. Due to the close distance of Kea from Athens, the island is suitable for getaways on weekends or during Easter.
How to use transportation in Kea
transportation to Kea
Kea is connected by ferry to the port of Lavrio and Piraeus, with regular services. There is a ferry connection with most of the islands of the Cyclades.
Transportation in Kea is available by your private car or by rental car on the island. Buses and taxis connect the settlements of Kea, the places of tourist interest and the beaches, while Kea is also offered for walking routes.