Keros island, Small Cyclades
Keros is an islet west of Amorgos with particular archaeological interest. In antiquity, the island was called Kereia or Keria, and the first mention of its name was made in 425 BC, in an inscription with the names of taxpayer allies of Athenian democracy. Mountainous, barren, without drinking water and without easy access, Keros has as main mineral the white fine marble. Its surface area is estimated at 15.2 km and has a coastline of 27 km.
During the Middle Ages, Keros was used as a base for pirates and in recent years, until 1952, it belonged to the abbey of Chozoviotissa of Amorgos and subsequently came under the property of Agricultural Association. Parts of its area are auctioned as cattle-raising legacy to the shepherds. Today it belongs to Amorgos and has been declared as an archaeological site.
In Keros, in the area of Kavos Daskalio, a number of archaeological finds have been identified, dating from the Cycladic civilization, among them several Cycladic figurines, making the researchers to speculate that the island was a worship center during the Cycladic era, similar to the Sanctuary of Apollo at Delos in the Classical period.
On the opposite islet of Daskalio, an extensive fortified settlement of the same era has been identified. Because of its cultural wealth, it has been repeatedly looted in the past by illegal antiquities' excavators. From there comes the so-called "Treasure of Keros", formerly in the collection of Erlenmager and today its bigger part is at the Museum of Cycladic Art. Systematic excavations were conducted by the Archaeological Associations in 1963, 1967.
The findings from Keros are exhibited at the Museum of Naxos. Keros is now uninhabited.
For your stay in Small Cyclades, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Koufonisia, Naxos, as well as in many other islands close to Keros island, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
There is no road network at Koufonisia. You can explore the island by foot, by boats and by bike.
From Piraeus, trip duration is 8,5 hours.
Koufonisia can be accessed also the route Milos - Folegandros - Koufonisia - Santorini - Koufonisi - Amorgos and through the route Paros - Naxos - Iraklia - Schinousa - Koufonisia - Katapola.
Different vessels do regular routes mainly in the summer to the beaches of Koufonisi and Kato Koufonisi.
Through the airport of Naxos and then by sea to Koufonisia.
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.