Kythira - Where Love Was Born

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  • Kythira - Where Love Was Born
  • Kythira - Where Love Was Born
  • Kythira - Where Love Was Born
  • Kythira - Where Love Was Born
  • Kythira - Where Love Was Born
  • Kythira - Where Love Was Born
  • Kythira - Where Love Was Born
  • Kythira - Where Love Was Born
  • Kythira - Where Love Was Born
  • Kythira - Where Love Was Born
  • Kythira - Where Love Was Born
  • Kythira - Where Love Was Born
  • Kythira - Where Love Was Born
  • Kythira - Where Love Was Born
  • Kythira - Where Love Was Born
  • Kythira - Where Love Was Born
  • Kythira - Where Love Was Born

The birthplace of Aphrodite… The island of love. 

We don't know where broken hearts go, but we know where love was born. According to the ancient myth, the Greek island of Kythira is referred to as Aphrodite’s birthplace, and it’s not hard to see why. From the beautiful crystal clear waters and soaring cliffs, to whitewashed houses and cypress tress, this unspoiled paradise is considered one of the hidden treasures of the Ionian. And it’s only waiting to be discovered (that’s the part where you come in). 
As part of the Ionian Island group, Kythira floats approximately 12 km off the tip of the Peloponnese, and is nestled between the Aegean and Ionian Seas. Although small in size (and with only about 3,000 local residents), the island offers a relaxed environment that’s rich in Greek culture, history and fresh local produce. The island’s beauty has been the inspiration for paintings from famous artists like Sandro Botticelli and Jean-Antoine Watteau, and has been the basis for famous poet Charles Baudelaire's piece “Un voyage à Cythère” (A Voyage to Cythera). 
The real beauty of this majestic island lies in its ability to please absolutely anyone. Whether it’s adventure or romance you seek, you’ll find it here.
But beware; you just might fall in love.
 

Homer St Kythira Highlights:

SWIM, EAT, REPEAT 

The Morning Swim: wave off the local fishermen at Kapsali as they set out for the Catch of the Day. Best organised beaches: Kapsali and Kombounada. Best secluded swim: Fyri Ammos (Kalamos) Unexpected swimming spot: Kalami (a short swing from Milopotamos)– you may need to work on your Tarzan skills to get to this one (there is rope to help you down the "stairs"). It’s certainly worth the adventure. For the love of Turquoise: Kaladi beach. For your afternoon swim-spot, head to Avlemonas, one of the most picturesque villages of Kythira. This coastal bay is surrounded by cafés and taverns. We recommend the freshly caught lobster spaghetti at Sotiris. Post-lunch siesta is highly advised, almost essential.

    SLEEP IN STYLE
    Whatever you choose to do during your stay on the island, you’ll prefer a hotel that’s as close to Hora (the town of Kythira), as possible. Our favourite is El Sol Hotel by V&A, perfectly situated between the town centre and Kapsali. The hotel offers breathtaking views of the Venetian castle in Hora, and the bay of Kapsali. Oh, and let’s not forget the pool with 360 degree scenic views. 
    FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD

    Ask any local, and they’ll tell you the best thing about Kythira is the fresh local produce. In fact, if you do dare to ask (a local), they’d probably hand you a few garlic cloves and tomatoes plucked straight from their garden.

    Fuel up on kalitsounakia (folded cheese pie) that you’ll find at any fourno (bakery).

    If you’re a sweet tooth (because who isn’t), stop by Maria’s Traditional Sweets in Kalokairines. Here, you’ll find traditional sweets like xerotigano (deep fried pastry coated with honey, cinnamon and toasted sesame seeds), pastitseto (almond shortbread filled with fresh marmalade) and the traditional island sweet: rozedes (grounded almonds, cinnamon and cloves dusted with icing sugar). Mention Homer St when you visit and Maria will offer you a taste of her handmade rozedes on the house.

    When in Kythira, drink what the locals drink: Fatourada is the local liquor made from tsipouro, cinnamon and cloves, and you’ll wonder how you ever drank anything else.

    DON'T FORGET TO...

    You can’t leave Kythira without visiting the cave of Hytra (also known as Avgo), that’s a short distance from Kapsali. This enchanting cave is accessible with Captain Spiros and his glass bottom boat.  

    Take a trip to Milopotamos to visit Neraida, Waterfall. This idyllic fairytale site is hidden among huge shady trees and sparkling waters that fall from a height of 20 meters. You’ll have to brace yourself though; the water is freezing even in the middle of Summer. 

    As you make your way through the town’s centre of Hora, don’t forget to pick up a bouquet of Sempreviva. This local yellow flower is only grown on Kythira, and is handpicked each June by experienced locals.

    We fell in love with Kythira before we even got there, thanks to one of our favourite Greek Instagram photographers - Nicholas Mastoras @nmastoras - be sure to follow Nicholas on Instagram to see more of his breathtaking photography of Greece!

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