The Greek Islands

Kea

This exceptionally picturesque island lies close to the south-east coast of Attica and is the closest of the Cyclades to Athens . Kea (Tzia) has a land mass of 131 sq. km and a coastline of 81 km. The population is about 2.000 habitants. Only 12 nautical miles from Cape Sounion , Kea is a mountainous island with small valleys and bays with sandy beaches. It is not a typical Cycladic island being very green with plenty of water and fruit bearing trees.
Due to its proximity to Athens , Kea is a popular destination to Athenians so is difficult to find accommodation on weekends unless booked well in advance.

Worth visiting
- The castle of Ioulida where traces from the Apollo's temple can be seen.
- The lion of Kea made of marble in the 6th century.
- The monastery of Panagia Kastriani.
- Swimming beaches: Koundouros, Spathi, Otzias and Yialiskari.

How to arrive
- By boat from Lavrion duration 1 hr 15min.
- By Hydrofoil from Piraeus duration 1 hr 25 min.

 

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