Things to Do When Visiting Kea, Greece

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Kea is a lovely Greek island in the Aegean Sea that can be reached via ferry from Athens. There is no airport in Kea and the closest one is found in Athens. Kea has a slightly different landscape and architecture than the other Cycladic islands. The island of Kea doesn’t have whitewashed houses and the churches with blue domes. It has its own beautiful landscape and features forests and unique architecture that is quite elegant. Here’s what you can do when visiting Kea, Greece.

Visit Ancient Karthea

Ancient Karthea was part of the four city-states of Kea during antiquity and the most important one. Ancient Karthea is located above the bay of Poles and while it’s not the easiest place to reach, if you’re visiting Kea, you won’t want to miss seeing it. Getting to Ancient Karthea can be done on foot via a hiking trail. It will take approximately 30 minutes on foot from the capital of Kea, which is Ioulida. While not a lot remains at the site, there are some monuments to see and the view from the area is quite spectacular as well.

Relax on the Beach

The island of Kea is home to a number of beaches for your enjoyment. Gialiskari Beach is 7 km northwest of Ioulida and one of the most popular beaches on the island. Gialiskari Beach is a small bay with golden sand and clear torquise waters. The beach is surrounded by trees that provide natural shade. This is a family friendly beach as the waters are shallow and there are umbrellas and sun beds for rent. Another beach you will enjoy is Korissia Beach, which is within walking distance of the port. Korissia is close to beach bars and hotels and is organized with sun beds and umbrellas.

Explore Ioulida Town

Ioulida is the main town of Kea Island. The historic old town’s streets are too narrow for cars to get through so you will only find pedestrians and donkeys along these streets. The charming town of Ioulida features stone paths and unique architecture from the rest of the Cyclades. In Ioulida you will find an archaeological museum, the monastery of Agia Anna, and the church of Agia Marina. The church of Agia Marina, which was built in the 17th century, is located just 6 km southwest of the town and stands next to a ruined Byzantine tower.

Enjoy the Local Cuisine

Kea won’t leave you disappointed when it comes to dining. You will find traditional island cooking, which you must try. But if you want to explore something different, you will also find modern and creative Greek dishes. There are also bars, mainly in Ioulida, where you can enjoy food, drinks, and music. Be sure to check out Leon, which was the first bar on the island of Kea.

The island of Kea has much to offer during your visit. Whether you want to lounge on the beach, hike, or explore the island’s history, you’ll find something to do that you’ll love!

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