Swimming in the waters of Kythera island
This list could go on for pages and pages. To write about the numerous, picturesque, quite or busy, sandy or pebbly beaches of Kythera island is a pleasure. To limit oneself to mentioning just a few is a challenge we will take up. Off we go...
Palaiopolis, for the active:
Stretch on the endless sandy beach and let the scent of thyme intoxicate you! Situated after the village of Skandeia and right before Avlemonas, this beach is popular with those who practice water ski, wind surfing, and other sea sports.
Kaladi, for the alternative:
A beach that should not to be missed when visiting Kythera: with crystal clear turquoise waters and greyish pebbles, the beach of Kaladi is one of the most beautiful ones. It is located in the eastern part of the island, close to Palaiopolis. A dirt road and 120 steps will take you down to it. Don’t expect to find a beach bar so be well-prepared for the event of hunger or thirst. The beach consists of three different parts, with a small spectacular cave being the natural border between the second and the third.
Agia Pelagia, for the sports lovers:
Grey sand and crystal clear waters play host to several sports tournaments, such as beach volley. Don’t worry if you get hungry or thirsty: a multitude of tavernas and cafes will give you plenty of choice.
Lykodimou, for the romantic:
This vast, peaceful and romantic beach lies on the west of the island, thus offering a wonderful spot for enjoying the sunset. As a matter of fact, many of those who do enjoy it stay enchanted on the beach overnight and wake up to the sweetness of the early Aegean daylight. Follow the signs from Logothetianika village to get to the beach.
Melidoni, for the brave:
Clear waters and sand with small pebbles, in combination with a spectacular view overlooking Chytra. Visitors will find a canteen in which beach parties are organized day and night. This small creek is located in the south-western part of the island and it is accessible by car through the dirt road for Drymona. You can access the beach by boat too, starting from the port of Kapsali.
Chalkos, for the cosmopolitan:
With pebbles and fine turquoise waters, this popular beach lies a few kilometers away from Kalamos. It is well organised, with canteens and a spacious car park.
Fyri Ammos, for the award:
There are two beaches with this name on the island. If you must choose only one to visit, we would suggest the one located just outside the village of Kalamos. Awarded for its natural beauty and crystal clear waters, the beach is a popular attraction. Its being well organised contributes to that. For those able to spare more time on the island, the second Fyri Ammos beach is know for its red sand and pebbles and lies almost 1km from the village of Agia Pelagia.
Diakofti, for the children:
As if it came out of a fairy tale featuring pirates and heroes, the beach seems to be made in heaven. White sand and shallow waters make it ideal for children of all ages. Visitors will find many tavernas with fresh fish and traditional Greek dishes. The shipwreck "Navagio", a popular tourist attraction, is not far from here either.
Avlemonas, for the families:
The rocky formations are the winning card here. Picturesque and beautiful, the tiny cove of the village by the same name attracts families as it is hardly ever beaten by the waves. Tavernas, cafes and the village’s infrastructure are at hand.
Kakia Lagada, for the pirate games:
Another Blue Flag (=the international symbol for quality) award winner, this very well organised beach is also know for the “Barbarossa Days” (pirate games) i.e. a beach volley tournament. This is the place for relaxed swimming with a view towards the coast of the Peloponnese.
Fournoi, for the relaxation:
Clear waters and greyish pebbles form an idyllic landscape that offers peace and relaxation. Indulge in the deep blue of the sea and the beautiful music coming from the nearby canteen (jazz, soul etc.) and let your mind travel along.
For your stay in Kythera, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Agia Pelagia, Diakofti, Avlemonas as well as in many other areas of the 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.
The best way to explore the island is to have your own transport, as it is quite large and well worth the effort to visit places that do not reach the local transport and tours.
In Kythera there are many companies that offer car rentals modern fleets of cars and motorcycles.
You can go by bus to Gythio or Neapoli and the by ferry to Kythera. The trip from Athens to Gythio endures 5 hours and to Neapoli 7 hours.
For your convenience you can use the map route finding to the next field of the page (Routes) with information on the mileage, the time you need and the route to follow, choosing the place that interest you.