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KEA (TZIA) ISLAND - CYCLADES

Area 121 sq. Km. Distance from Lavrio 17 nautical miles. Distance from the Piraeus 42 nautical miles.

This exceptionally picturesque island lies close to the south-east coast of Attica. It rises at the point of the sea-current of the Cavo D'oro, bordering the Aegean sea and the South Eboic Gulf (the gulf at the south part of Evya island). The island has 1790 inhabitants. The mountain masses, which are encountered in most of the Cyclades, are broken up by small valleys sparsely planted with vines and fruit-trees and run right down to the sea, opening out into pretty little bays. On the western side of the island is Agios Nikolaos bay, and deep within it the port of Korissia, which is considered to be one of the safest natural harbors in the Mediterranean.

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Kea island
Kea island
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Kea island
Kea island
Kea island
Kea island

Ferry-boat,at call at Korissia - also known as Livadi - which stands on the site of the city of Korissia, which in ancient times, with Ioulis, Karthea and Poiessa, was one of the island's four independent city- states.

The island's capital, Hora or Ioulida ( 6 km. from Korissia ), has maintained its Cycladic idiom intact. Built in the shape of an amphitheatre, it presents the visitor with an impressive vista of two-storey houses and tiled roofs, steep cobbled alleyways and splendid churches with elaborately carved wooden icon screens. At the highest point of the village, on the site of the ancient acropolis, is a quarter known as Kastro which commands a breathtaking view of the nearby islands off the coast of Attica. Not far from here is the famous 'Lion of Kea' (6th century BC), hewn out of the slate.

The Archaeological Museum in Hora contains interesting findings dating from the Cycladic period. The interior of the island is dotted with miniature chapels, windmills and monasteries, including that of Our Lady Kastriani, Kea's patron saint. Easily accessible from Athens, Kea offers those who are seeking a restful holiday clean, not crowded beaches at Pisses, Korissia, Koundouros, Otzia bay and Poles bay; here they can enjoy delicious fresh fish at picturesque little tavernas.

USEFUL INFORMATION  
How to get there
   
LOCAL FESTIVITIES  
  • If you are in the island during the first twenty days of August do not forget to attend "Simonidia". It includes many activities such as theatrical performances, exhibitions, athletic events, ...
  • In Otzias the festivities honoring Agios Sozon on September 7th.
  • The festivities celebrating Agii Anargiri on June 30th in Vourkari.
  • In Pisses the 6th of August, the day of "Metamorphosis Sotiros".
   
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS  
Automatic dialing code
02880
Police
21100
Port Authority
21344
Post Office
22325
Community Centre of Korissia
21208
Community Centre of Ioulis
22221
Archaeological Museum
22079
Pharmacy
22277
National Bank of Greece
22350
Telecommunications Office (OTE)
22135
   

 

 

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