Kithnos

From Serifos, it is a short passage northwest to Kithnos, another idyllic Aegean island that has a quieter and more laid-back ambience than some of the other islands that are populated with tourists. Kithnos is very much a traditional island with a warm and welcoming local population, many of whom still employ donkeys to haul their goods around the narrow streets of the island’s villages.

There are many authentic tavernas serving the local cuisine that has changed little in centuries – and who would want anything different? Using the freshest of the island’s seasonal produce, the traditional food of Kithnos is completely delicious. Arid and rugged, the hills of the island rise to just over 1000 feet (300 meters).

The coastline of the island is dotted with numerous secluded coves and bays, many of which are close to sandy beaches and make a perfect place to stop for a lazy afternoon of swimming, snorkeling and generally taking life easy on the deck of your Kithnos yacht charter. Kithnos has two principal ports – Merichas on the west coast, which serves as the island’s ferry port, and Loutra, a protected harbor on the northeast coast.

To the north of Merichas are the picturesque anchorages of Sandbar Bay and Episkopi Bay, both of which have lovely beaches and make for idyllic stop-overs on a Kithnos yacht charter. Stefanos Bay, south of Loutra, has a fantastic sandy beach. Inland, Kithnos has numerous gorgeous traditional villages that you can explore by scooter or rental car.

Take care on the winding roads! Charming Dryopida – all whitewashed houses with painted trim that is closed to cars - is situated in a small valley and is the location of the mile-long Katafiki Cave with its underground lakes. These are sometimes open to the public and well worth exploring.  Kithnos Town has a small Byzantine Museum and lots of windmills!

Both villages have a good few shops and tavernas around their central squares – grab a shady spot and relax a few hours watching the world go by, albeit at a snail-like pace. Perched on the cliffs above the seaside village of Kanala, the monastery of Panagia Kanal features some wonderful murals and rewards those who brave the climb with some wonderful views.
 

 

Mooring:

  • There are no moorings but anchorages are plentiful and there is dinghy dockage.

To Do:

  • Explore the island
  • Visit Katafiki Cave
  • Visit the Byzantine Museum

Facilities:

  • Fuel
  • Water
  • Provisions
  • Internet Access
  • Bus service
  • Car and scooter rental in Merichas
  • Bars and restaurants