Kea Sightseeing

Attractions on Kea
The serene island of Tzia is an island with striking landscapes, stunningly beautiful beaches, picturesque villages and winding paved alleys exuding peace and tranquility. Some of the places worth visiting while on the island include the following.

Ioulida or Chora
Inspite of being the capital of the island it is a traditional village reflecting the island’s spirit with donkeys used for transportation and central squares dotted with cafes and restaurants. The Kastro (Castle), with the remains of the Venetian wall and acropolis, the church of Agia Paraskevi, the Episcopi Monastery, the Archeological Museum hosting ancient artifacts from excavations that took place on the island are also sites that one must visit as well as the neoclassical buildings of the city hall and the school, the Agia Anna Monastery, the Church and Tower of Agia Marina and the Cathedral of the Annunciation.

The Lion of Kea in Ioulida
This is an archaic statue curved out of stone resembling the lion that chased off the water nymphs according to the Mythology. According to the myths, when the nymphs inhabited the island they started killing the women. The people wanted to abandon the area but a priest of Zeus prayed to the God and he sent a lion to drive away the nymphs. And so it was done. The inhabitants then carved a lion in the rock so that the nymphs would see it and get scared. This is the Lion of Kea…a dive into mythology!

Ancient Karthea
The most important of the 4 city states of Kea in ancient times with the Dorian temple of Athena, the temple of Pithiou Apollo, the temple of Asklipios and the ancient theater. When you get there, it seems that you can actually revive the past; even the road to reach it has remained intect throughout all those centuries and has remained the same as the ancient road that connected old Karthea with the other settlements and towns of the island. The itinerary itself is an attraction as the rich flora and fauna of the island unfolds before the visitor’s eyes while he enters the ancient grounds and sees in the background the endless sea. The temple of Athena is on the north side of the ancient settlement, while the temple of Apollo is on the south. In the same valley, the valley of Vathipotamos, the ancient theatre was discovered and a part of the ancient irrigation system.

The picturesque port of Korissia is among the main tourist attractions of the island with its white washed houses and the colorful roofs, the enamel factory, the winding cobbled alleys and scenic churches. The landmark of the place is the brick chimney of the old enamel factory, the biggest one in the Mediterranean. Korissia boasts a picturesque small harbour with caiques and fishing boats, many accommodation options, restaurants, cafes, mini-markets and shops. Walk through it and feel the vibes of Kea at their most.

The seaside resort of Vourkari, a quaint fishing village with exceptional restaurants serving fresh fish and seafood, an art gallery with paintings by local artists and picturesque houses built according to tradition. A great option for nightlife too as most of the best bars on the island are gathered in Vourkari.

Various Attractions
  • The prehistoric settlement of Agia Irini in Vourkari
  • The lighthouse of Agios Nikolaos in Vourkari
  • The monastery of Panagia Kastriani near Otzias that was built in this particular spot due to the icon of Virgin Mary that was found in the area.
  • The Poiessa Fort in Pisses
  • The oak forest which is one of the few oak forests remaining in the Cyclades island complex.

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