48 hours is a start!
In Kythnos, you will not find bright light signs and noise. You will find a tranquility that relaxes you from the moment you set foot on the island, you will find the color of the Cyclades of another era, you will find quiet tourists who enjoy the paths formed by the dry stones and yaghting crews who visit the island for decades for its authenticity and the genuine charm of its wildlife.
Arrival early morning, as first ferries leave Lavrion port around 8 in the morning, so by 10 you're here!
If you haven't brought your own car, its a good idea to rent one, as the island, although small, needs a transportation, since there aren't any real bus schedules and taxis would cost you more or less, as much as a car hire for the weekend.
In case you do bring your own car, make sure you fill the tank, as petrol/gasoline costs higher than the mainland, due to transportation cost.
Check in Porto Klaras for a more classy quality stay, spacious apartments and suites with simple and unpretentious decoration of old furniture, in Loutra.
Other accomodation alternatives for lower budgets are available, as more small rental studios have popped up in the last few years, hoping to meet the high demand, especially during July & August.
Alternatively, you can stay in Hora, the island capital where there is Hotel Messaria which offers delux rooms with breakfast or a less expensive and more traditional stay at Kythoikies, which includes in the establishment the typical small greek coffee place that makes hand made traditional cheese and green pies (pita & kolopi)!
Time to hit the beach.
First must is Apokrousi beach, one of the longest beaches with trees that offer shade, a couple of beach bars on the side and another two tavernas to serve your apetite if you decide to stay all the way til the mesmerizing sunset. The road allows access for all types of cars and motorcyles, the tamarisk trees and the white pebbles make it very attractive but it doesn't meet the glory, as a few kilometers further, where after passing the intermediate beach of Fykiada, you finally reach the famous Kolona, a wide piece of sand connecting the island with a smaller rock hill with the church of St.Loukas on its top.
If you do not stay in the magic of the beaches of this side and decide to go down the island, head to Panagia Kanala, one of the most important pilgrim destinations in the Cyclades, as its image is considered miraculous.
Once you get there, we recommend for you the traditional restaurant Archipelagos with local products and recipes, from fresh ingredients.
In the afternoon when the sun goes down, even at sunset, a walk in Chora is ideal. Labyrinthine painted cobblestones, small squares with coffee and patisseries with traditional sweets, arched shelters, churches and windmills will keep you shooting photographs and admiring every single corner.
If you did not manage to eat somewhere else, the taverns here will amaze you! Baroutis souvlaki and other grill, To kentro tis Marias local dishes, Detzi's grills are a unique experience and we leave the choice to you!
Pit stop time at Apokalipsi cafe bar where you will find a variety of light food, sweets, drinks and cocktails to end up your first day.
Day two and if you wake up in Hora, go straight up to Panohori for the local pie as a breakfast and a nice coffee to get you started. Take some of the local jam and liquers for gifts or even a jar of capars to take back for your home made salads.
Book an early morning snorkeling or scuba session with Aqua Team and by the time you return, take off to the beach and no matter what weather, try the north beach of Aghios Sostis - make sure you have a hat and some water with you, as there is no shade or tree to keep you covered. But that beach, will definately compensate your grief of departure!
Return to Loutra, the famous northeast village of Kythnos and go to Sofrano, where a late lunch or an early dinner is recommended, grab a table literaly on the beach where you can keep your feet in the sand and watch the moon come out as you sip your wine and make your selection of fish and sea food delicacies that tickle your palate deliciously and enjoy your evening. Cheers or as we say in Greece, Yia mas!
Waking up on the last day of your visit, use the time to visit Dryopida - visit the byzantine museum and if you find the cave Katafiki open, is time worth spent.
Drive down to the port of Merihas and endulge yourselves to the last taste of sea food with a bottle of ouzo at Ostria restaurant, right where the yaghts dock and where the boat will moor.
Thank you for visiting Kythnos and hope to see you soon!
For more insight, accomodation proposals, other activities, please contact www.yourkythnos.com