Grab a morning coffee, take a look at the map and get ready to explore the island. There are villages everywhere, in every mountainside, on each stream. The road is long and complicated, you might get confused as all is “hidden” with meticulous care, just like Aphrodite’s Eros. Do not hesitate to ask the locals for assistance, they’ll be happy to provide you with all the information you need.
Kythira AT A GLANCE
Kythira, or otherwise Tsirigo is the island of Heavenly Goddess Aphrodite and Eros. Located in Southern Greece between the southern Peloponnese and Crete. It is a mountainous island with many valleys into the sea to form beautiful beaches. They have an area of approximately 280 square kilometers. The vegetation is rich, especially in northern and western parts of the island. The climate is Mediterranean, with enough humidity and strong winds especially in winter. In several parts of the island there are sources that flow throughout the year.
Kythera has a population of three thousand inhabitants, the villages that remain are many and small, scattered throughout their geographic area. The island is administratively organized into a municipality with the community of Antikythera, the eponymous neighboring island, under the Province of Kythera, which belongs to the Prefecture of Piraeus.
The people engaged in agriculture, trade and tourism. The main agricultural products are oil and renowned quality honey. Travel the island is rapidly expanding in recent years and brings the attention of many visitors and tourist enterprises. The cultural heritage of Kythira is rich because so many people stepped on the land. The monuments bear witness to history. The architecture of the island rests in the styles and especially the Venetians, Crete and Mani. The Historical Archive of Kythira, the castle is now the capital is the second most important after Corfu, keeping records of the 16th century. The Byzantine monuments and British buildings adorn each side of each peak of the island. Archaeologists with organized groups bring to light important details. The myth of Aphrodite revives people, the stones and the sea. In Kythira nature improved by culture. The visitors fall in love easily and become familiar with the island. The story has just started!