Kythnos (also Kithnos) has an
area of 100 km˛ with approximately 1500 people living there.
There is very little tourism on the island. Most of the
people that do visit come from the nearby mainland. Put it
this way; they are not exactly prepared for foreign visitors.
Unless you speak Greek you will find it relatively hard to
get by. Even something relatively simple like a menu in
English you won't find. In a way that's cool of course.
Prices are very moderate which I found
rather pleasant. The island is rather popular with Athenians
that come here on a weekend break. In order to enjoy your
stay I would recommend visiting during the week.
The main source of income for the locals is still
Merichas: The ferry port has little to offer for
tourists. There are no decent beaches and no traditional
houses or in any way typical architecture. On the other hand
the atmosphere here is quite laid back. I guess it depends on
what you want. Around the port there are a few rooms to rent.
Prices are average and range around 30 Euro a night.
Chora – the main settlement – is on of these for the
Cyclades rather typical villages. It is situated in the
mountains and appears well I would call it old fashioned. If
you want to get an impression of what life in the Cyclades
islands was like 20 years ago Chora is not the worst spot to
look for it. Also if you like it quiet you'll find the
Driopis is one of the bigger villages. It is very
traditional and worth's visiting. It even has a small museum.
Loutra is probably the most famous village on the
island. It is well know for its hot springs. Even back in the
ancient days they were renowned for their healing powers.
Next to the hot springs there is an old hotel you may find
interesting. It seems to see itself as an upper class hotel.
It is called Xenia (Tel.: +30 22810 31217) and a double room
will cost around 50 Euro. Personally I think it has seen
better days but what do I know.
If you travel in style but don't want to spend 50 Euro a
night there are alternatives. You'll find plenty of rooms to
rent. The village is next to the see. There are a few alright
beaches nearby. During summer you'll find many Athenians
Kanala is a small but growing community in the south
of Kythnos. It has a church for Greek Orthodox pilgrims and a
few beaches for all the rest. Every year on August 15th is a
big celebration in the church that attracts a considerable
number of visitors and pilgrims. Around that time you will
find it difficult to get a room.
Busses on Kythnos: There are at least 5 busses a day
from the port to Chora and also the other villages on the
island. If you arrive by ferry the bus will wait for you.
Ferries to Kythnos: There are daily boats to Athens,
Serifos and Milos. Now then there is a ferry to neighboring
Kea Island. There are no direct connections to the main Cyclades.
Also there is no airport.
Kythnos started very early to invest in alternative energy.
Most of the electricity these days comes from solar panes and
wind. I found that quite interesting. It makes perfect sense
but still it is quite rare in Greece. Most places don't
particularly care how environmental friendly there energy is
produced. Well done Kythnos.