KEA (TZIA) ISLAND
Kea, the island also known as Tzia, located in the Cyclades Cluster, is a land with great natural beauty and distinct traditional characteristics. Kea (Tzia) Island is bursting with valleys, streams, hills, orchards, plantations and beautiful sandy beaches, all of which create the perfect setting for the island's charming hill and seaside villages.
Kea (Tzia) is situated between the southeastern coast of Attica and the islands of Kythnos, Syros and Andros. It is frequented mainly by people who want to spend their vacations on a serene and peaceful island, soaking up the sun and strolling through quaint villages and attractive landscapes. Its close proximity to Athens makes Kea (Tzia) an ideal destination for both weekend getaways and longer vacations.
Kea (Tzia) has several lovely villages that provide guests with a variety of dining and nightlife venues. If you are visiting the island, don't worry about finding accommodation because there is a wide range of apartments, rooms to rent, studios, suites and hotels in Kea, Greece. You will find the most suitable hotel in Kea Greece in one of its many beautiful villages.
GETTING TO KEA (TZIA)
Getting to Kea Island Greece is fairly simple. Ferry boats to Kea depart on a daily basis from Lavrion Port near Athens. You can reach Lavrion Port by bus from the Pedion tou Areos KTEL Intracity Bus Station or the Athens Airport, or by car via the Attica Highway. The Kea Greece ferry boat schedule is reliable, and the trip takes approximately one hour. For more information about the Kea Greece ferry boat schedule, contact the Lavrion Port Authorities at +30 22820 25249.
Ticket for ferry boats to Kea are quite inexpensive, although it depends on the season and the boat agency. Book your ferry boat tickets well in advance, as the close proximity of Kea to Athens makes it a very popular getaway all year round.
VILLAGES AND TOWNS TO SEE
Chora (also called Ioulis) is a charming village with nice squares, several tavernas, small shops, beautiful houses and endless alleys and rock vaults. Just like in Korissia, the architectural style is not like like the typical Cycladic. The heart of Chora is the square with the grand city hall and some of the best tavernas in the village. The taverna right in front of the city hall have tables set around the entire square. The view over the valley is soothing, the food is excellent and the waiters are nice, curious and concerned for the wellbeing of their guests. Rolandos ouzeri just across the street is warmly recommended.
Korissia: The small harbour town Korissia partly resemble Katapola on Amorgos. Korissia is, just as Katapola, dominated by tavernas (my favourite is called Lagodera), cafés and ouzeria, travel agencies and shops. There are other similarities as well: two moped rental outlets, one cash machine, a few alleys, a beach by the harbour, a local ferry that arrives everyday, a local bus that runs on an irregular schedule and sail boats looking for a place to dock for the night. In other words: it is very pleasant little harbour village.
Vourkari: At a comfortable walking distance (2 kilometres or 1,24 miles) from Korissia lies the little fishing camp Vourkari. The harbour walk is narrow and short, but none the less it as has much to offer: a number of tavernas, a couple o shops, some pensions and along the quay-edge the fishing-boats and sailboats bob up and down.
Pisses is a scenic seaside village, built along a bay area, on the western side of Kea (Tzia). Pisses is well-known for its sandy beach and its impressive ancient site. The village of Otzias, also built on a bay in northern Kea (Tzia), is a splendid village with stone-brick houses and a superb beach that is lined with tamarisk trees.
Koundouros, on the western side of Kea (Tzia), is famous for its series of charming coves and stunning beaches, as well as its impressive villas and mill houses.
BEACHES IN KEA (TZIA):
If you have come to Kea to swim and sunbathe, you will not be disappointed. Apart from lush hills and sparkling springs, Kea (Tzia) has fabulous beaches, most of which have golden sand and tamarisk trees for shade. Be prepared when going to the beaches in Kea. You will find cafes and snack bars at some, while at others, such as Xyla and Mavrambeli, you will need to take your own supplies.
To start off on your tour of the Kea beaches, we suggest getting a map of Kea Greece and marking your favourite ones as you go along. For those who are vacationing on the northwestern side of the island, near the port of Korssia, there are the popular beaches of Gialiskari, Otzias, Xyla, Mavrambeli and Melissaki.
Along the southwestern coast are some beautiful Kea beaches that are worth visiting, including Pisses, Kastelakia, Koundouros, Liparo and Lygia.
From the capital of Ioulida (Ioulis), visitors can easily reach the beaches near Korissia, as well as the beaches on the eastern side of Kea (Tzia). The best eastern coast Kea beaches are Spathi, Kalidonychi, Sykamia, Orkos, and Psathi.
Other Kea beaches on the southern tip of the island can be accessed by boat. You can rent a boat for the day and go to Agios Philippos, Kaliskia, Schinos Bay and Platis Gialos.
SIGHTS AND ATTRACTIONS IN KEA (TZIA):
The island of Kea is rich in attractions from many different eras. Its long history gives visitors the opportunity to admire a large number of well-preserved archaeological sites. A good Kea Greece map will show the ancient sites so that you can plan your daily touring.
Start off with a stroll through the charming capital of Ioulida, among the churches and houses, to the quaint town square. Continue to the Ancient Site of Ioulis and the Medieval Castle. Then take the path up to the stone Lion of Ioulis, which dates back to the Pre-Archaic Era. Ioulida also has several very lovely religious monuments, such as the Episkopi Monastery, the Agia Anna Monastery, the Church and Tower of Agia Marina and the Cathedral of the Annunciation. Lastly, a visit to the Archaeological Museum is a must, in order to admire the ancient artefacts found throughout the island. In nearby Mylopotamos, you should definitely visit the watermills, which are magnificent specimens of this type of architecture.
In Vourkari, you should make a stop at the Pre-historic Site of Agia Irini, which consists of ruins of several ancient structures. In Korissia, we recommend going to the Ancient Site of Korissos, an Archaic settlement with the remains of houses and temples. Another interesting attraction in Korissia is the old enamel factory, which once was the main source of employment on the island and the only of its kind in Greece. Perhaps the finest historical site in Kea is Ancient Karthea, where you can admire the Temples of Athena and Apollo, the Temple of Demeter or Asklipios, and the Ancient Theater. Near Otzias village, in northern Kea, is the splendid Monastery of Panagia Kastriani, which was built on this particular spot because of an icon of the Virgin Mary was found there. In Pisses, you can visit the Poiessa Fort, while in Pera Meria you can admire one of the best panoramic island views in Kea.
Kea Island is most famous for its walking paths, which are lined with springs, rivers, lush greenery and rare flowers. There are 36 paths that visitors can walk on, which extend from one end of the island to the other. The paths were part of the ancient road network that connected the various cities. Kea is one of the up-and-coming destinations for nature lovers and outdoor sports enthusiasts.
MAP OF KEA (TZIA), CYCLADES, GREEK ISLANDS, GREECE