Is the island really worth a visit?
Kythnos is a Greek island and municipality (low level of government).
The island has 2 significant settlements, the villages of Kythnos and Dryopida, justly admired for the Tuscan or Venetian look of some of its houses. Dryopida is a fine place to wander about among the narrow streets and to sniff out the quiet little cafes and kafenenions. It feels a lot more old-fashioned than Hora and for some people it is their favourite place on the island.
There is a fine spa village of Loutra with its castle-shaped spa building, open as far as I know only in August. Loutra is packed with good restaurants and stylish cafes. Unfortunately it gets thoroughly and unfairly slammed by the Rough Guide to Greece and is accused of being ‘scruffy’.
Just on from the castle building is a narrow road that leads to Agia Irini where there is a beautiful little bay and one of the best fish tavernas in the whole of Greece. Vegetarians needn’t worry though, as they also have a superb mezzes menu with potato and caper salad, fried zucchini, aubergine imam etc. Below are pictures of the bay on a windy day, of the little dog who sleeps on your feet, and of the lavish and splendid interior of the taverna.
To the south the island is largely empty on the west side, with only a few coastal hamlets such as Flabouria which has a nice taverna and a superb church. Below you can see the church, the Byzantine art and icons inside it, the South Sea island beach, and a tiny chapel perched adjacent to the church.
Better known than Flabouria is Kanala which has a large shrine church, a vast beach called Megali Ammos, and a clutch of fine tavernas. One of these is called the Arkipelago and you can see its blackboard menu, plus the remnants of my delicious breakfast there one Saturday morning.
Just above Kanala is the beach hamlet of Kalo Livadhi. It has no facilities so you would need to bring your own supplies or leg it back to Lefkes and its fine taverna. Below you can see photos of the church and its interior, plus a courtyard shot with a distant view of Serifos, and finally an aerial view of the hamlet itself.
Right at the bottom of the island is Aghios Dhimitrios with its nice little beach and two handy tavernas. Below left is a picture of the beach and below right another of the bulldozer operative who I talked to while we waited for the taverna to open for breakfast(it was 7.30 a.m. when me met). I told him that he looked the spitting image of Tom Cruise and for some reason he laughed..