Meet the island
The island of Kea
Kea is the westernmost island of the Cyclades with a perimeter of about 85km and a surface of 131 square kilometers. The port is just 16 miles from Lavrio, which makes it the closest to Cyclades in Attica and the International Airport El. Venizelos. The highest mountain is Prophet Elias with an altitude of 568 meters. Also on the island there is one of the largest natural harbors (bays) of the Mediterranean, the bay of Agios Nikolaos.
Special products of Kea to look for
During your stay at Kea do not miss a "more substantial taste" from Tzia. Tasting and enjoying local dishes such as "paspalas" (small pieces of pork cooked with tomatoes and eggs), "cigarettes" (pieces of pork meat with fat), "loza" (smoked pork), local sausages (smoked and made with local herbs), traditional cheeses (ksirotiri, mizithra, ksino, kopanisti).
We also recommend you to taste cock of wine, spaghetti with lobster and, of course, fresh fish. Combine your food with a glass of black wine that the locals call "mavroudi".
Before leaving, do not forget to buy local meat, extra virgin olive oil and thyme honey, pasteli, handmade sweets, almonds, but also products such as "spatholado" and "keralifi", which the locals consider to have healing and soothing properties.
Beaches of Kea
Korissia beach is the nearest to the port. The waters of the beach are always clean since the bay is open which allows the water to be refreshed. The restaurants, cafes, bars, gift shops, supermarkets and all the professionals are willing to serve you, and the beach-bar on the edge of the beach will cool you and offer you the sunbeds for free!
Gialiskari beach is just one kilometer from the port. The shady eucalyptus and the "armirikia" tie beautifully with the emerald waters of the beach! With cocktails, snacks and the view of the lighthouse, one can enjoy beautiful hours of relaxation!
Otzias beach is the longest beach on the island since the water covers about 500 meters of sand! There are private sunbeds, kiosks and benches from the Municipality and the trees along it make your bath invigorating! The restaurants and the pavilion of the area are at your disposal all day long, the beach volley and of course the playground awaits explorers and athletes of all ages!
Kampi beach is southwest of the island and about 3km from Koundouros. The enchanting houses perched on the rocks mix with the clear turquoise waters. The beach has sand and pebbles, there are trees and kiosks for shade and when you are hungry, you will find a tavern above the beach smelling cooked food!
Koundouros beach is considered to be one of the most touristic beaches on the island. The facilities have excellent organization since you can find coffee and loungers, food and mini markets. The beach is mostly sandy and at the edge there are some rocks that go inside the sea and make the landscape special! The waters are blue-green, ideally warm and somewhat shallow at first.
Poisses beach is at the west of the island, large in size and very well organized with volleyball net and sun loungers on the sandy beach, with trees for shade and crystal clear waters for refreshing dives. A few meters from the beach you will find the only camping on the island, while there are restaurants and mini-markets in the area.
Xyla Beach is located on the northwest coast of Kea, 12 kilometers from the capital Ioulida and about 4.5 km south of Korissia. Xyla beach is one of the most popular beaches on Kea, in a beautiful and picturesque Cycladic environment, and many are those who choose to enjoy a swim. It is a beautiful beach with golden sand and small pebbles on the shore and crystal clear and relatively deep water.
Spathi BeachThe beach of Spathi is one of the most beautiful on Kea. It is large with nice bright sand, and can be found at 14 km from Ioulida, the capital of the island. The travel to this beach is also very pleasant, since it takes visitors to an arid area of tranquil beauty, after which a green valley appears on the scenery
Things to do in Kea
Kea is a destination with a network of cobblestone path streets and the complex relief of the island gave these cobblestone paths a special character. Slopes, ravines, hills, springs, settlements, mills, country churches, beaches, archaeological finds, oak trees are the unique elements of the landscape of Kea that you will meet through your wandering in the wonderful paths of the island.
Places of interest
The capital of Kea (chora) or Ioulida, as it was its old name, is amphitheatrically built inland on a hill. It is distanced 6km from the port of the island, Korissia . Ioulida is the only one of the countries of ancient Tetrapolis built in an inner part of the island.
Events & Activities
Events Festive memorial events – “Lambros Katsonis” For two consecutive years, in July, celebrations are celebrated in memory of Lambros Katsonis, a historian, who played an important role in the history of Kea during the years of the Russian-Ottoman war. His history is known, since, when he was excluded from the Turks at the bay […]