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Some Kythera Quests

Relax in Chora and Kapsali

Walk in Chora through its narrow alleyways and lanes and admire the old mansions. A representative old house has simple phasades, ornate carved doorframes and wonderful chimney stacks.

Kapsali, the fishing village, combines social life with a nice, organized sandy beach. The adjacent Sparagario beach is maybe the best choice to swim. It is a private, quite isolated beach with wonderful small stones. Access is through a passable dirt road.

The caretta caretta sea turtle has bee a permanent guest in Kapsali in the last many summers. Every morning two or three turtles were swimming along the quay, being fed by fishermen and tourists. In the summer 2013 two turtles laid their eggs in Kapsali's sandy beach.

 

 

Walk down the gorge in Mylopotamos, with the waterfalls and windmills

Mylopotamos, a 16th century traditional village in the centre of the island, is a must to visit. Kato Chora, one of its districts, is a historical monument with a Venetian castle and fabulous natural beauty. Mylopotamos's central square is a picturesque spot, with a traditional coffeehouse and enormous eternal plane trees. The spectacular waterfall, "Fonissa” (the assassin), will challenge you to jump into the "refreshing” water tank.

If you wish a small mountaineering adventure (ca 1.5 hours), walk down the gorge; you will come across 23 water mills and several other waterfalls. Only one watermill, belonging to the Phlippi family, has been restored – an admirable work that pays respect to the older generations who spent their lives there working under harsh conditions.Adventurous canyonists may attempt to cross the entire canyon. The path – rocky and in some places difficult to cross – will leads to the beach of Kalami.

 

Which beach to visit?

Most beaches are in the southern and eastern part of the island. They are easily accessible by car. In most beaches canteens offer cold plates, sandwiches and refreshments.

Some ideas: Kapsali and Sparagario underneath Chora, the dreamy Chalkos, Fyri Ammos and Cobonada in the east, Melidoni with its turqoise water in the southwest, the fishing villages Avlemonas with its striking port and Diakofti with the golden sand, Kaladi, featured in most Kythera posters and guides, Kakia Langada with its pale sand and impressive surrounding rocks, to name just few fascinating options.


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