Kythnos Tourguide

Kythnos, also known as Thermia due to its hot springs, is one of the Cyclades islands closest to Attica, yet it remains relatively undiscovered in the Aegean. The northern part of Kythnos hosts key locations such as Merichas, the island’s port, Chora, the capital, Loutra, and Dryopida. The southern part, nearly uninhabited, features only Panagia Kanala and the small bay of Agios Dimitrios. With 65 beautiful beaches accessible via dirt roads, Kythnos offers typical Cycladic landscapes characterized by barren hills, dry stone walls, and 350 charming white country chapels. Villages are adorned with narrow cobblestone streets, whitewashed houses, squares, churches, and windmills.

Kythnos’ history dates back to the 10th century BC when the Dryopians from Evvoia settled on the island. Flourishing in classical times, Kythnos contributed a trireme to the naval battle of Salamis. Throughout its history, Kythnos shared the fate of other Cycladic islands, coming under Venetian rule in 1204, later occupied by the Turks, and eventually joining the newly formed Greek state in 1830. The island spans 99 square kilometers with a coastline of 111 kilometers and a population of 1,600.