Kea island, part of the Cyclades complex, is a beautiful, peaceful island very close to Athens. Kea is an island that has managed to avoid mass tourism and has kept its glamour and its aesthetics.
Kea is known for its traditional character that shows in its capital, Ioulis. Ioulis is built on a steep slope on a high altitude and is different to other villages of the Cyclades in that it features red tiled roofed houses and arched passages.
Kea is of big archaeological interest, featuring the ancient site of Karthea, recently awarded by Europa Nostra, and an archaeological museum that is located near the entrance of Ioulis.
The unique beaches of the island with their crystal-clear waters will impress even the most demanding visitors.
The island has one of the most organised networks of hiking trails, while the traditional little taverns and the gourmet restaurants will impress with the local products and the Mediterranean tastes.
How to get there:
By boat: 1 hour ferry ride from the port of Lavrio, at 20minutes distance from Athens International Airport
Nearest Airport: Athens International Airport