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Holiday home - Kythnos Island, South Aegean (Greece)

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Although Kythnos is one of the Cyclads islands closest to Athens, it remains among the less explored, yet most beautiful corners of the Aegean Sea.

The island is also called “Thermia”, from the thermal spring waters at the site of Loutra (baths), once the greatest attraction for the visitors of Kythnos, during the 19th and 20th centuries. The north part of the island is the most densely populated: here are the villages Merihas, the island’s port; Hora, the capital; Loutra and Dryopida. The south part of Kythnos is practically uninhabited, except for the area of Panagia Kanala, where the church with the homonymous icon of the Virgin Mary is situated, and the bay of Aghios Dimitrios, at the island’s southern end, where many Athenians have had their summer houses built these last years.

Kythnos has no less than 65 sandy beaches: the main attraction for the island’s visiting tourists. Most of them are accessible through non-asphalted roads, which are nonetheless, easily passable. Moreover, one can take daily cruises to the beaches on small boats leaving from the port of Merihas.
Kythnos’s landscape is a typical Cycladic one, dry and arid. However, the island has a particularly interesting characteristic: hundreds of kilometers of stone walls, called “xerolithia”, which are built in a local style and dominate the scenery. Another dominant element of the landscape of Thermia is the all-white churches, over 350, built all over the island.

The oldest findings in Kythnos date from the Paleolithic period, more specifically from the 8th millennium B.C. The island was inhabited in the 10th century B.C., by the Dryops, inhabitants of Euboea Island, who took refuge in Kythnos with the purpose of restarting their lives all over, after the hardships of the Trojan War and a series of natural disasters that occurred in Euboea at that time. The island was prosperous at the time of classical antiquity and participated in the Battle of Salamis with one trireme. This was the most significant contribution of Kythnos at the course of Greek history. After that, the island became member of the Athenian Alliance. In the following periods, it became territory of the Roman and the Byzantine Empire. After 1204, the island became member of the Venetian Commonwealth and then part of the Ottoman Empire. The island unified with the newly constituted Hellenic state in 1830.

Today, Kythnos has approximately 1,650 year-round residents, who live mainly from fishing and livestock farming, and more recently, from tourism. Unlike the rest of dry Cyclades islands, Kythnos preserves its rural economy, namely cattle and lamb breeding as well as production of honey. The island is also renowned for its delicious veal and goat meat, while it produces interesting white soft cheese and high quality honey.

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Kythnos Island, South Aegean (Greece).


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