Within a stone’s throw away from Attica – just an hour with the ferry – tranquil and beguiling Kea (or Tzia) is the perfect destination for travelers wishing to escape the heat of summer and relax.
Kea’s unique and diverse sceneries offer a plethora of unparalleled beauty; from clear crystal waters, sandy beaches and wild rugged cliffs, simple traditional farmhouses, to olive groves and oak forests, one feels uniquely connected with nature’s bounty.
The island has a rather mountainous relief with its interior being quite green with small valleys with fruit and oak trees. Kea has very interesting ancient history, as its first archeological traces go back to 4th millenium BC; the visitor has the opportunity to admire small temples of Athena and Apollo.
Kea’s capital, Ioulida, rests in the middle of the island, seems to be spilling down the hillside, its picturesque little houses nestled closely together. Travelers can meander through the town’s winding streets and discover delicious local food, as well as visit the island’s small but wonderful archaeological museum. Ioulida is definitely a gem worth visiting, as are many of the island’s other quaint little villages.
Most famous beaches include Otzias and Vourkari in the northern part, whereas in the west the beaches of Koundouros and Pisses are the ones attracting most of the vacationers. Smaller, secluded, non-organized beaches can be found along the coastline, offering plenty of opportunities for swimming, sunbathing and snorkelling.
While on the island don’t miss the archaic, smiling, schist-carved lion of Kea, reclining proudly on a hillside overlooking the sea close to Ioulida. Also do enjoy the local cuisine; due to the prevalence of Greek visitors, the food, especially the seafood, is good, local and fresh.