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The villages of Kyhira, one by one. Discover and Enjoy the secrets, the monuments, the traditions, the beauty of the sixty villages

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Fratsia

Large village located at the very heart of the island. Its inhabitants are farmers. For several decades this is where the Agricultural Exhibition has been...

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Potamos

The island’s largest village, which used to be called “the village of the lady”. Potamos is a bustling village where much of the activity is...

Mylopotamos

This village is like a world in and of itself! It would be easy to write a book on Mylopotamos. The village was set up...

Mitata

This village is located in the center of the island, at the edge of a plateau, with a green valley spreading out before it, full...

Logothetianika

Near Potamos is Logothetianika, one of the oldest villages on the island and one of great historical importance. Surrounding villages include Katsoulianika, Lianianika, Ntourianika, Christoforianika,...

Livadi

Located right next to Kythera’s capital, this modern trading center is the largest village in the southern part of the island, as its development has...

Karavas

The village of Karavas is located in the northern part of the island, a few kilometers from Potamos, the largest of Kythera’s villages. It is...

Kapsali

The very first harbor of Kythera, one of the most beautiful beaches, with its twin bays, the castle that dominates from the heights, the lighthouse...

Karvounades

This village is located at the island’s geographical center. Karvounades’s main feature is the imposing St. George church with its sky-blue dome, yet this is...

Kalamos

This is Kythera’s “agro-tourist” village. Here you will find accommodations that combine your stay with the experience of the farming life, with small hotels that...

Diakofti

Up until the early 1990s Diakofti had no more than 5 or 6 houses. Even back when the island was governed by the British there...

Aroniadika

A traditional village located on one of the island’s most important crossroads. Everybody passes through here. It has a traditional tinge and its architecture is...

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Agia Pelagia

The village of Agia Pelagia started its development in the 1980s, and for several years was the island’s main harbor. Today, it is a village...

Avlemonas

A picturesque village by the seaside in the eastern part of Kythera. The architecture is typical of the Cyclades (a group of islands in the...

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Kythera (Chora)

The island's capital, also called “Kythira” or “Chora” in Greek, is located in the south.  The harbor of the city of Kythera is called Kapsali...

Villages of Kythira

Visit the villages of Kythira one by one. Here you can read about the main settlements of the island. Kythera has a total of 62 settlements, most of which are inland. In the Medieval Times, there were no seaside settlements such as Agia Pelagia, Kapsali, Diakofti and Avlemonas, where the piracy and attacks threatened the local populations. These began to develop only in the mid-twentieth century. The old settlements were in places that could not be seen from the sea, and some houses did not have external mortar to achieve better hiding.

The most historic villages of Kythera, such as Chora, Potamos, Mylopotamos, Karavas, Logothetian and Mitata have a long history, with architectural and residential buildings dating back to the Middle Ages. There are residences protected and maintained by the owners in the traditional forms of other times. If you visit them you will feel that you are traveling back in time and you will admire every functional or architectural element.

In the villages of Kythira there are many forgotten residences needing care and repirs. Several of them are brought to new owners and renovated, revitalizing the historic settlements of the island.

If you want to know the history and secrets of a village mix with the locals, sit down to hear the stories they will tell you. One of the most important facts you will learn is immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries in Smyrna and Alexandria early, in Australia and America later on. These houses once housed large families of seven and eight children, most of whom migrated for a better life.

Today, children and grandchildren of migrants regularly visit Kythira, many have even repaired their ancestral homes and settled on the island. It is wonderful to see immigrants who love so much their own homeland.

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