Due to its proximity to the Attica region, Kea (also known as «Tzia») is an easily accessible beauty with a variety of landscapes: steep mountains, small fields, olive groves, vineyards, valleys, caves, trails, and beaches. On the island with the largest oak tree in the Cyclades where bird watching is a real wonder.
For those who are passionate about geology, there are lots of small caves like Kalamos and Agios Timotheos. There are also 36 km long paved paths that will take you to the four ancient city-states: Ioulis, Karthaia, Koressia and Poiessa.
Located in the center of the island, on the site of the old city-state of the same name, the capital of Kea, Ioulis, is a very picturesque town with tile-roofed houses, cobbled streets, arched passages, stairs and squares.
Ioulis, the ancient city
Ioulis, a place that will go back to the past, the only one of the old cities that was built inland. It expands along the slope like an amphitheater, with its stately houses, vaulted alleys, fountains, traditional architecture and a Venetian castle. Visit the neoclassical town hall, designed by the famous architect Ernst Ziller. The archaeological museum, considered one of the most important of its kind in the Cyclades, is a must-see.