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Swimm in the crystal water and enjoy the wonderful colours of the cave. Watch the gull´s and other rare birds that live on Hitra.

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Kythera and Antikythera, two islands with a long history through the centuries have a great amount of archaeological – historical sites and findings to enrich the visitor’s experience. History and culture lovers can take a tour at the cavern of Chousti, located in Diakofti at Kythera, where archaeological excavations have brought to light findings dating from 5000 BC. Another option would be to follow the slightly harder path to the hill of Paleokastro where lies the island’s ancient capital. The space includes the church of Agioi Anargyroi (Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian), built in the place of the ancient sanctuary of the Dioscuri, Castor and Polydeuces. Further up, around the church of Agios Georgios (Saint. George) on the Mountain, recent excavation has located a sanctuary dating from the geometric years.

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The religious sentiment is deeply rooted in the people of Kythera; about 350 churches, chapels and historic Monasteries stand for centuries as the island’s guardians of faith and tradition. Undoubtedly, the most important place of pilgrimage and a benchmark of Kythera is the Holy Monastery of Panaghia Mirtidiotissa (Madonna), treasuring the island’s most sacred heirloom: the miracle icon of the Madonna, possibly one of Evangelist

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Kythera’s rich and diverse natural environment offers visitors numerous exciting choices. It is no wonder that half of the island has been proposed for inclusion in the European Network of Protected Sites Natura 2000 (code GR3000007) due to its significant biodiversity, including many endemic species of flora, fauna and migratory birds.

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The caves of Kythera are remarkable and constitute one of the major attractions of alternative tourism on the island, offering an enjoyable experience and a break from the usual holiday routine. There are three caves in Kythera, the most important being the Cave of Agia Sofia in Milopotamos. It is 100m long and was first explored in 1955, mapped much later though. It is located on the west part of the island, just outside the village of Milopotamos, connected via paved road through the Castle of Kato Chora.

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Hop on the ship to Antikythera and soon you’ll see the island’s steep shores. As the ship slowly enters the port, people gather in the pier in a festive atmosphere. Locals upload the merchandise and other such wares.

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