A Foretaste

According to the myth of Hesiod, the goddess Venus (Aphrodite in Greek) was born in Kythera.  The island is located between Crete and Peloponnese in southeast Greece and is nestled in the waters of three seas: the Ionian Sea, the Aegean Sea and the Libyan Sea.  Many peoples and civilizations have set foot here and left their mark on this blessed land, making Kythera a crossroads of civilizations.

Kythera is a mountainous island with an area of 284 km² (equivalent to that of Malta) where one will find many valleys, countless beaches and villages perched on the mountainside.  Kythera’s countryside and its magical landscape are the two main elements that will inspire visitors to love this island and – who knows? – to stay here forever.

It is characterized by a Mediterranean climate with mild temperatures, but the wind often blows and the air is quite humid. The island also has a rich wildlife and serves as one of the main routes for migratory birds.  Thanks to the many rainfalls in the wintertime providing large quantities of water rivers flow throughout the year everywhere on the island.

Today, Kythera boasts a population of 4,500 spread out in 64 villages of varying size.  Most of these are located inland and connected through an extensive network of roads. Kythera is a municipal corporation that depends administratively on the region of Piraeus.  The majority of the inhabitants are involved in farming and tourism.  Thanks to the island’s virgin nature there is a large production of organic products, the most representative of these being oil and honey.

Visitors will have the opportunity to admire classical antiquities, 300 churches from the Byzantine era, as well as bridges and schools from the British era.  The museums, castles and “Kythera’s Historical Archive” will take visitors back to another time and introduce them to hidden treasures.  In the caves, the earth can hear the echo of man’s secrets.

Kythera is an idyllic place, where the magic of nature prevails and where dreams flow endlessly in front of the eyes of those who set foot here.  Visitors often fall in love with the island and decide to stay here forever, in search of a different life.

Architecture

There are 62 localities in Kythera today.  This large number mainly stems from the feudal system applied during the Venetian years. At first these were probably hamlets that grew in size over time.  The model is clearly agricultural.  In the 18th century large villages included Chora (the current capital), Kato Chora of Mylopotamos, Logothetianika and [...]

People

An Anxious and Creative People Kythera has always been a crossroads of civilizations and peoples in the Mediterranean. The sea routes between the East and the West pass through here, and control of the Sea of Kythera was of great strategic importance for any kingdom or empire at the time. The various waves of invaders [...]

Arts

Music, Dance, Song and Poetry The Kytherean people have established a close link between their daily life and arts. Kythera has a rich musical tradition in both songs and dances.  Influences from Crete and Heptanese have forged the island's traditions. Erotic verses, pleasant melodies and lively dances have provided a breath of happiness and love.  [...]

Agriculture

 Agriculture, Livestock and Agricultural Products Agriculture and livestock breeding were the two main occupations of the Kytherean people over the past centuries, despite Kythera's barren land which never produced large agricultural outputs.  Most of the land was cultivated and at one point the number of inhabitants on the island ranged between 13,000 and 15,000. Today, [...]

Music

Musical Traditions and Songs of Kythera We offer you selected music pieces related to Kythera. Get to know Kytherian traditional music, compositions by Kytherian artists and music that talks about Kythera in general. Passage to Kythera Musician Nikos Economidis has established himself in Greek traditional song systematically contributing to the recording of music tracks in the [...]

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