After boarding the coach we will begin our tour of Kythira with the monastery of Our Lady Myrtidiotissa. The monastery is located to the west of Kythira, at the end of a wonderful journey that has a rich alternation between wild cliffs and green vegetation. Our tour will take in the grand monastery with it's imposing steeple built of porous stone, which stands 24 metres high. Inside the monastery, you will see the 10 marble columns that support the roof of the church, which were found intact 200m away from the church during the period that it was being built, the Tourkalas (Turkish woman's) wax candles, whose child was saved by the Virgin Mary, and most importantly the miraculous gold icon of Panagia Myrtidiotissa (the Virgin Mary). We will have an optional visit at the small museum of the Monastery and return to the coach.
From there we will head south and, after passing the villages Kalokerines and Drymonas, we will arrive at the town of "Livadi" where we will stop to sample some local delicacies. We suggest that you try the famous "ladopaximada" (Kythira-style oil rusks) from the famous bakery in the village and pick up some "Sempreviva", the immortal yellow flower that only grows on Kythira. Also make sure you sample some "Fatourada", the local liqueur that is made from tsipouro, cinnamon and clove, as well as the coarse salt that is collected directly from Kythira's natural salt marshes. From here, we will continue our trip and make a quick photo-stop at the 13-arched stone bridge in Katouni. It is the largest stone bridge currently in operation in the Balkans and was built in 1823 by British Commissioner MacFell for the young local lady he had fallen in love with!
Our next stop on the tour will be the island's capital known as Chora, or Kythira. Chora will definitely impress you as you stroll through its picturesque main strip with cafés, shops, houses and the church of "Stavromenou" (Church of the Crucified). Continuing on, we will arrive at the impressive 16th century Venetian Castle "Castro", from where the view is simply breathtaking! We recommend you visit the castle museum and see the coats of arms (entrance €2/person). Here you will have some free time, where you can browse Chora's eclectic mix of shops, or even sit down to enjoy a coffee and some local sweets.
Next, we will board the coach and continue down the steep, winding road to Kapsali, the port of Chora.
Kapsali was the old port of Kythira, where ships moored when a northerly wind prevailed, however it is now only used as a port for tourist ships or yachts. It has a permanent population of 55 residents, but in the summer it buzzes with life as people swarm to the village for its magnificent beach and it's busy promenade of cafés, bars and restaurants!
At Kapsali we will have approx. 1.5 hours of free time, which we suggest you make the most of by having a swim, or relaxing in one of the cafés overlooking the beach and the castle of Chora.
Finally, we will board the coach at 15:00 and head to the port to board the return ferry bound for Neapoli at 16.00.
*All times are indicative and may change without notice if there is a change ferry’s arrival and departure times. The times set by the tour leader shall always apply.
- Transportation on our own air-conditioned coach.
- Our knowledgeable and multilingual tour guide.
- Tour leaflets.
- Tour as per the itinerary.
- Ferry ticket from Neapolis to Kythira
- Anything else that is not specifically mentioned under inclusions