Perhaps the most famous village of the island, Kapsali lies on the southern coast. The seaside town offers shops, restaurants and bars to cover the visitor’s every need and is not far from Chora’s impressive fortress. Take a short boatride to the islet of Chytra, visit the monastery of Agios Ioannis tucked into the hillside overhead, or simply enjoy a swim in the crystal clear waters of Kapsali and nearby Sparagariou.
The island’s capital, Chora is often also referred to simply as “Kythera”. Here, take a stroll through the picturesque alleyways with its small shops and traditional architecture. A definite must-see is the impressive Venetian fortress with its splendid view over the bay of Kapsali. Seize the opportunity to try some local Kytherian sweets or purchase some take-home memories from the island.
Located in the western part of the island, the charming village of Mylopotamos is a destination not to be missed. One of the greenest areas of the island, the visitor is truly spoilt for choice: take a walk along the path of watermills, visit the waterfalls of Fonissa, the cave of Agia Sofia, the beach of Kalami or admire the sunset from the castle in lower Mylopotamos.
On the eastern coast of the island lies the traditional fishing village of Avlemonas. Perhaps the most picturesque village (in keeping with the old style) of Kythira, visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the old harbor or take a swim in the small bay.
A little further north from Avlemonas lies the main port of Kythira. Diakofti has one of the few fine sandy beaches of the island, with clear and shallow waters that make it an ideal spot for families and small children.
Situated in the northern part of the island, Livadi is one of the central villages with a busy population. The architecture is characterized by traditional mansion-style houses. Main attraction is the weekly market where locals sell their products every Sunday on the village square.
Northeast of Livadi lies the coastal village of Agia Pelagia. As a former port town, the village has a well-developed infrastructure of hotels, tourism and restaurants, all of which lie in close vicinity to the sea front.
Mitata and Viaradika
At the center of the island, surrounded by the vegetation of the valley lie the beautiful villages of Mitata & Viaradika. Take a hike through the peaceful landscape, making sure to make a rest stop at the springs of Bryssi.