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Hiking holidays in Kythnos

Duration

5 days

Airports

Arrival & Departures: Athens - International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos

Transportation

Airplane, ferry, minivan

Would you like to visit one of Greece’s well-known islands yet avoid the tourist crowds? Kythnos, an isolated island, is the ideal destination for you! Despite being one of the first islands to be visited by boat from Athens, Kythnos has remained an undiscovered paradise, a genuine jewel of the Cyclades islands.

Traditional villages with Cycladic architecture, a spectacular coastline with over 90 beaches, a significant history dating back to the Mesolithic era, agricultural fields, hot springs, numerous hiking trails, one of Greece’s largest caves, and delectable local cuisine will undoubtedly provide you with the best authentic active holidays on a Greek island.

By Trip Tailors

This trip can be tailored to your needs. Fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page with the dates of your trip, your budget, the number of people, and anything else you think is important for us to take into account in order to send you a personalized proposal.

* Tour leader & local guides.

* 4 days of accommodation in a traditional guesthouse, based on double occupancy.

* All meals, as indicated on the trip notes (4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners).

* Return Ferry tickets from Athens to Kythnos.

* All necessary ground transfers on the island.

* Cost for all activities included in the tour program (guided hikes, cooking class, pottery lesson).

* All taxes

* Flights

* Travel insurance

* Accommodation in Athens

* Transfers to/from Athens airport and to/from Piraeus port

* Any meals not specified in the itinerary

* Any beverages or alcoholic drinks during meals

* Optional activities that are not included in the day-to-day itinerary

* Other expenses of personal nature and tips

Your steps

1

Athens - Kythnos

2

Vryokastro - Apokrousi - Kolona

3

Loutra - Castle Oria

4

Dryopida - Kanala

5

Kythnos - Athens

DAY 1

Athens - Kythnos​

On the first day, you will board a ferry from Piraeus or Lavrio port and arrive on the picturesque island of Kythnos.

After checking into your hotel, you’ll have the rest of the day free* to relax by the sea or explore the village’s small streets and shops!

In the evening, you will have a welcome meal with your tour guide and fellow travelers, where you will get a first taste of the local food and discuss your itinerary for the next few days.

Optional Activities: If you arrive early in the morning, we can plan a trek or other activities
Meals included: Dinner
Accommodation: Kythnos

DAY 2

Vryokastro - Apokrousi - Kolona

Today’s hike will take us to the island’s historic capital, Vruokastro, and then to Kolona, the island’s most beautiful beach! A short trek up will take us to the hill of Vryokastro, a now-abandoned archaeological site that was once one of the most significant prehistoric communities in the Aegean. Archaeological study has revealed discoveries going back to the Mesolithic period. That settlement was continuously inhabited from the 10th century B.C. until the 6th century A.D., according to the finds and underwater excavations.

Following that, we’ll descend to Apokrousi’s white sandy beach, where we’ll unwind and swim. Then comes one of the island’s attractions, the one-of-a-kind beach of Kolona. It is actually a sand strip that connects Kythnos to the islet of Agios Loukas, providing unrivaled scenery! Once there, you may swim and snorkel, as well as have lunch at the lone bar on the beach (if it is open) or a snack meal.

Hike duration: 3 hours / 4 – 4.5 hours incl. stops | Total Distance: 5.5 – 6.5 km
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner
Accommodation: Kythnos

DAY 3

Loutra - Castle Oria

Today’s magnificent climb will provide you with breathtaking vistas as well as real experiences with the island’s history! After breakfast, you will be taken to the island’s north, notably to the hamlet of Loutra, a popular stopover for sailing yachts. Once there, we’ll take an ascending path to the stunning Castle of Oria, which sits on a high hill near the island’s northernmost tip. This fortified acropolis overlooking the Aegean Sea served as the island’s capital during Byzantine and Latin occupations, but it appears to have been inhabited from prehistoric times. During the Venetian rule, there were 100 chapels, just two of which remain now.

You will have time to rest, take in the panoramic views, and snap some beautiful shots before we return to Loutra by the same route. The afternoon will be free for you to rest in the Thermal Springs of Loutra, which are known for their therapeutic properties. You may also have lunch and/or drink coffee at one of the beach restaurants/cafés.

Later, we’ll take a short hike from Loutra to Chora, the island’s capital. Chora is a beautiful example of classic Cycladic architecture, with white-washed buildings, stone-paved mule routes, and arcades that will take you on endless journeys through tiny lanes that finish in little squares and churches. You will also have a pottery lesson* by a local craftsman in Chora, as well as the opportunity to make your own ceramic clay!

Hike duration: 3-4 hours / 4.5 hours incl. stops | Total Distance: 8 – 10 km
Optional Activity: Pottery lesson, available until the end of September
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Kythnos

DAY 4

Dryopida - Kanala

Enjoy a good breakfast today as we hike the finest of the Central and Southeast parts of the island! You will be driven to Dryopida village, one of Kythnos’ most scenic and historic communities. Once there, we’ll take a trekking track that will lead us to the quiet beach of Kalo Livadi, which is adorned with a little chapel built on a rock. In the summer, a vast beach with stone slabs, pebbles, and golden sand, as well as enormous and very ancient cedars, creates the ideal backdrop for a stop and, of course, sunbathing and swimming. The sound of the waves will most likely be the only thing you hear in this immaculate setting. A fertile small meadow extends out behind the few dwellings, filled with fig trees, vineyards, and a few groves that gave the village its name.

Our next and last stop of today’s hike is the well known coastal village of Kanala that took its name after the monastery of Panagia Kanala, dedicated to Virgin Mary. Here you will also find the only pine forest in the island. The monastery hosts the miraculous icon of Our Lady which, according to tradition, was found by fishermen floating in the narrow channel between Kythnos and Serifos and is said to have healing powers.

Our final destination on today’s journey is the well-known seaside village of Kanala, which was named after the monastery of Panagia Kanala and is devoted to the Virgin Mary. The lone pine forest on the island may also be found here. The monastery houses the miraculous image of Our Lady, which was discovered floating in the narrow canal between Kythnos and Serifos by fishermen and is reputed to have healing properties.

Once we explore this hidden gem, you will participate in a cooking class and learn how to prepare some traditional local delicacies, such as “sfougata”, Greek salad, “tzatziki” and much more!

Hike duration: 2.5-3 hours / 4 hours incl. stops | Total Distance: 6.5-7 km
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch (cooking class)
Accommodation: Kythnos

DAY 5

Kythnos - Athens​

Today you are free to enjoy your last morning on the island the way you wish, before boarding the ferry back to Athens (or other nearby islands).

Meals included: Breakfast

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