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Walking, hiking and trekking on KYTHNOS
(last update on the 7th of January 2021)
*** = very beautiful
**** = exceptional
is one of the most western Cycladic isles. An important boat-line goes from
Piraeus first to Kýthnos, then to Sérifos, Sífnos,
Ios and Santoríni. It is the
Adamántios Koraïs which takes care for this line, three times a week.
In addition, there are fairly frequent connections with the harbour of Lávrio, via Kéa; the Artemis also takes care of connections with Kéa and Lávrio, but also with many other Cycladic islands.
You reach the port of Mérichas at Kýthnos after a boat trip of approximately two hours and a half.
The surface area of Kýthnos is 99 km² and it has a population of about 1600 people.
Kýthnos is a rather
dry and arid island; some villages are really nice, especially Chóra or
and Dryopída. There are majestic coastlines and beautiful beaches to seduce the
The landscape in the neighbourhood of the ancient capital, the
Paleókastro, is really impressive.
The landscape in the neighbourhood of the ancient capital, the Paleókastro, is really impressive.
Mérichas is a picturesque fishing port with some cosy hotels and restaurants. There are busses between Mérichas and on the one hand Chóra and Loutrá, and on the other hand Dryopída and Kanála.
Chóra is situated at about 5 km from Mérichas and it provides for some nice walks. It is really pleasant to walk in the streets, decorated with white floor paintings with little flowers and ships.
In Loutrá, even further to the north, you can find wells containing sulphur and iron.
4,5 km south of Mérichas is impressive because a deep valley divides the
village in two neighbourhoods. Another 5 km further to the south lies Kanála,
with a church in the middle of a beautiful pine forest.
There are a lot of marvellous beaches at Kýthnos: slightly north of Mérichas there is the beach of Martinákia; and a little more to the north you find the magnificent beaches of Episkopí and Apókrousi, and the picturesque peninsula of Kolónna. Interesting as well are a couple of beaches that are not that well known, such as Agios Stéfanos, Agios Ioánnis or Kaló Livádi on the east coast, Flambouriá and Agios Dimítrios on the west coast.
The fact that Kýthnos does not easily reveal its attractions was, until recently, also due to the lack of decent hiking maps. But since a couple of years, there are two good maps, both in the Anávasi-series and in the series of Terrain Maps.
In 2016, an excellent little booklet was published, "Kythnos, hiking guide": it gives the 9 hikes which will be signposted in the future, together with nice photographs and good little maps. But in reality, the situation is not that good: only three hikes are well signposted for the moment - hikes ,  and  - and some stretches of the walks are overgrown. This is e.g. the case (in 2017) with the beginning of hike  and even with some parts of hike  to the Kástro.
In conclusion, you can really make a lot of beautiful hikes on Kýthnos
- at the back of the Terrrain map you find 13 suggestions for
hikes; on this site we will eventually describe 15
hikes, of which the most beautiful are: the hike Loutrá to the Paleókastro, from Chóra to Agios
Stéfanos, from Chóra to the Vryókastro and especially from Chóra to Agios Ioánnis.
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The fishing port of Mérichas
The monastery above
on the Profítis Ilías
The sand tongue of Kolónna
The church of Panagía Nikous, outside of Chóra
Sunset on the beach of Episkopí