LONG WEEKEND GETAWAY

So close yet so far from Attica, Kea or Tzia is a premium choice for a weekend escape, altough opting for a longer stay rewards you with undiscovered treasures, an atmosphere of serene sophistication and pitch-perfect views of the Aegean.

SERENE SOPHISTICATION

Location: Cyclades
Capital: Ioulida
Size: 131,7 km2 area
Access: By ferry from the post of Lavrion

Kea or Tzia is the northern and one of the bigger islands of the Cycladic complex and a natural bridge connecting the mainland to the rest of the Cycladic isles. The island’s mountainous interior hides verdant valleys carpeted with wild flowers, herbs and imposing oak trees. The coastline offers beautiful sandy beaches and secluded coves. Caves that are half covered by the sea are waiting to be explored. The two main settlements are Ioulida, the inland town of Kea, and the port of Korissia. Ioulida carries its charm quietly, with its stone paved narrow alleys twisting and turning among traditional houses with red tile roofs. Korissia is ideally situated in the natural bay of Agios Nikolaos.

ESSENTIALS

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WE LOVE

The amphitheatrical setting of Ioulida with its Venetian castle and neoclassical Town Hall, wich is a work of Ernst Ziller. The archaeological site of Karthea and the Doric temple dedicated to Apollo, God of Light. A boat trip around the island with stops on the beaches of Vourkari, Gyaliskari and Spathi.

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LOCAL TIPS

Overlook the Aegean Sea at the strategically built Monastery of Kastriani. To avoid the strong northern winds, seek refuge at the secluded Koundouros beach. Try snorkeling or scooba diving and explore the ship wrecks in the area with expeditions organized by Kea Divers. Go to Vourkari for fresh sea food with a view of the bay.

Events calendar

ANTIQUE CARS RALLY

Held every few years during the first weekend of June by the Greek Antique Car Club, it is a road race around the island

FOLKTALE FESTIVAL

Every July, this magical storytelling festival attracts artists from across the globe and visitors who enjoy the power of tales

SIMONIDEIA

Theater, concerts, sports competitions and other cultural events take place during August in various locations in Tzia

METAMORPHOSIS FEAST

A tradiotional paniyiri (religious feast with food, live music and dancing) held every August 6th at Pisses