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One of the Cycladic islands, with impressive tourist development over the last 30 years. There are two main reasons for this development: the many varied beauties of the island on the one hand, and its proximity to Athens on the other (less than two hours from the port of Lavrio). This island combines a great deal, with the most important being its numerous wonderful sandy beaches (more than sixty), very beautiful villages, each with its own distinct character (Chora, Dryopida, Loutra, Merichas, Kanala, Agios Dimitrios), antiquities scattered across the island (Vryokastro, the Castle of Oria), geological sights (Katafyki Cave in Dryopida, thermal springs in Loutra), industrial history (iron quarries), a large network of footpaths that cross much of the island, and many accommodations, restaurants, and entertainment spots. All visitors to Kythnos can enjoy holidays according to their own inclinations in an environment that is simple, beautiful, and full of light and sea.


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Altitude (in meters) : 11
Center : Chora of Kythnos
Surface : 100 km2
Water : Island
Type of Place : ScenicScenic
Kallikratis Code : 6302

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How to Get to Kythnos

There are ferry links to Kythnos from Athens, with boats leaving from the ports of Piraeus and Lavrio. The trip from Piraeus takes about 3 hours and may cost approximately 24 euros per passenger and 49.50 euros for a car. The journey from Lavrio ranges from 1 hour and 40 minutes to 2 hours and 50 minutes, costing approximately 15 euros per passenger and 41.50 euros for a car. Boats run several times a week, daily in the summer.

From Kythnos, there are boats to many of the Cycladic islands, including Serifos (travel time 1 hour and 20 minutes), Tinos (from 2 hours and 20 minutes to 3 hours and 50 minutes), Sifnos (2 hours and 20 minutes), Milos (3 hours and 55 minutes), and Syros (2 hours and 25 minutes).

For more information on itineraries and reservations, see

Useful Information

1. In Kythnos, taxis and local buses provide transportation on the island’s main roads (Merichas - Chora - Loutra, Merichas - Dryopida - Kanala). Water taxis are also available to convey passengers all around the coast, for example to the famous beach of Kolona.

2. The island’s facilities include pharmacies, gas stations, a post office, Speedex Courier, and ATMs belonging to Alpha Bank and Piraeus Bank.

3. The island has no airport, so the only aerial approach possible is by helicopter. The heliport is 3 kilometers from the island’s main town.

Useful Phone Numbers

Police Department +30 22810 31201

Port Authority +30 22810 32290

Health Clinic of Dryopida +30 22810 31202

Multipurpose Regional Clinic of Chora +30 22810 32234

Town Hall +30 22813 61100

Community of Chora +30 22810 31030

Community of Dryopida +30 22810 32230

Information Office +30 22810 32250

ELTA Post Office +30 22810 31239


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