discover Kythnos island with our yachts

Welcome to Kythnos

“Sing to the rhythm of the violin and the lute”

An undiscovered Greek island getaway

Regardless of its close proximity to Athens, Kythnos is one of the less touristic islands of the Cyclades. Located in the north are the villages of Merichas, Mesaria, Loutra, and Dryopida. The island is known for its beautiful beaches and mellow atmosphere. It is a silent attraction, with rugged mountains in the western Cyclades. Although low key, there is no doubt that she is one of the best locations to spend your first or last night of sailing vacationWith its sandy beaches, turquoise waters, available ports, and beautiful capital, Kythnos has surely the full package when touring the islands. 

The island is also home to one of the largest caves in the country, which you will find in the village of Dryopida. The name of the cave is Katafyki, and was used in the past as a hideout by the inhabitants during the attacks of the Germans during World War II. Nowadays, it takes center stage when used to celebrate an Easter Festival every year. During this time, the sound of violins and the flute are beautifully amplified by the natural acoustics of the cave. Stroll through her romantic alleys, observing whitewashed homes, or visit the famous thermal springs located in the area of Loutra.

Quick facts:

Complex of islands:
Cyclades islands


‘Messaria or Chora’


West Cyclades


Sailing distance
from Athens: 50 miles


Famous heritage:
Katafiki Cave


Mostly sunny

Included in our 1 week route for the Cyclades



Visit the Chora (known also as Messaria)

The main town of Kythnos called Hora or Messaria, is a true and authentic example of a traditional Cyclades town. With classic white washed architecture, a variety of options when selecting taverns with delicious dishes, as well as interesting nighttime festivities. Do not expect massive nightclubs and large fancy gourmet restaurants. However, you can expect a traditional, lay backed and chilled island vibe. Here you will find charming little bars scattered all over the island, some perched on rooftops, all playing distinct and original melodies for everyone to enjoy. A night out in Kythnos is truly worth the visit.

Visit Kolona beach

Surely, one of the most impressive beaches in Greece made up of a thin strip of sand dividing the sea into two sections and connecting Kythnos with the church of Agios Loukas. When visiting on board our catamaran make sure not to miss this sensational area. Its glistening clear waters, sandy bottom and untouched natural beauty are a magnificent sight when seen from above. Attempt a walk to the church of Agios Loukas (at the top of the hill) and have dinner in the restaurant located above the bay. Those seeking more elaborate options can venture to Mericha Port, either by sailing (10 min sail) or by water taxi.

Visit Loutra and the thermal springs

Loutra is amongst the most beautiful and traditional looking village of the Cyclades. Located in the eastern side of the island, this is a must when visiting onboard our catamaran Backyards filled with flowers, a vivid colorful environment, as well as lovely little taverns with wooden chairs right on the seashore. The well-known thermal springs of Loutra (or “Therma”) are situated on the side of a natural bay and is said to have healing abilities. You can test out the spring on the side of the beach in Loutra Bay opposite the marina. There you will notice a set of rocks that create a circle in the interior, where you can relax and enjoy the hot bubbly water rising from the depths of the sea.

Although we always like to remain objective there are things in each island we admire and others we believe you need to be aware of.

Charming main town (Chora)

Pristine, turquoise waters

Numerous, excellent bays to anchor while on board our catamaran

Nice marina facilities in two ports

Ideal destination for families

Available medical center and pharmacy in Mericha port


Most of the locals take a siesta between 15.00-18.00 and some taverns or restaurants could possibly be closed.  

Might be busy in the port during July and August 



"Kythnos is known for its production of meat and milk. The majority of taverns offer delicious dishes made with high quality and fresh ingredients. Although some may be a little pricey, they worth a try. I consider Kythnos an untouched, simple and off the beaten track location. The main town is filled with interesting colors and lovely sights to see."

-Eugene suggests

  • “The best way to see the Greek islands”

    What a very special week we had on catamaran, booked and arranged through
    From the online booking and communication with Eugene, through to the reception at Marina Alimos in Athens, it was a seamless easy process.
    Then the captain showed us the beautiful boat, in perfect condition, and we mapped out a 7 day course around the islands. The boat had all we needed to cook, play, rest and sleep comfortably
    The islands had fantastic bakeries, supermarkets restaurants, museums, walks and shopping.
    There's no better way to see the islands.
    We'll certainly be coming back for more.


    Michael B
  • “2 families from NY with kids”

    Outstanding experience! The boat, the service, Eugene and their customer service! We had 4 adults and 5 kids ages 5-12 on a 52 catamaran, and it was amazing! My wife who has always been afraid of the water is now demanding to do it again next year! And we will. And the skipper was great, made us all feel safe. Can't wait to do it again with the same company! 


  • Village in Kythnos

  • Port of Kythno

  • Church of Keraleousa at Oria Castle the Byzantine and medieval fortified capital of Kythnos, Greece until 1570.

  • Panoramic view of the Kolona double sided beach at Kythnos, Greece as viewed from Aghios Loukas islet

  • People waiting for the Assumption eve liturgy to commence at the church of Panagia Stratolatissa

  • Seaside village in a picturesque gulf in Kythnos island, Cyclades, Greece

  • Merichas port lighthouse, Kythnos island

  • Western side of kolona bay morning

  • Kythnos Mericha port photo

  • Kythnos Loutra photo

  • Kythnos Loutra

  • eastern side of kolona bay

  • Kythnos Loutra

  • Kythnos Loutra looking the thermal spring

  • Kythnos Mericha port

  • Kythnos Merichas beach

  • Kythnos Merichas port

  • Kolona bay

  • kolona bay

  • Saint Lucas Chupel

  • sandbar of kolona ba

  • sunset at kolona bay

Beaches worth visiting

Kolona Beach

Kolona is one of the most popular and impressive beaches of the Cyclades. Located in the western part of the island with golden sand dividing the sea into two sections and connecting the island with the chapel of Saint Loukas. A stunning view that cannot be missed.

Gaidouromandra Beach

A long sandy beach located on the southern part of Kythnos. Quiet and beautiful, perfect for relaxing if you want your privacy, especially if you are sailing with one of our yachts. If you decide visiting try not to miss the cove of Skilou, minutes away from the beach.

Apokrousi Beach

If you are approaching Kolona bay with a yacht and there is no space available there is always the beach of “Apokrousi” just a few steps away. A long sandy beach located on the western side of the island right opposite Kolona bay. A great tavern is available to relax and have dinner while looking towards the horizon.

Sites Worth Visiting

The Archaeological site of Maroulas

On the northeastern coast of the island, close to the town of Loutra, archeologists uncovered a significant historical discovery of an ancient settlement. Here the remains of hut floors, tombs, tools and a human skeleton were found below the stone layers of the site. They are believed to date back to 8800-8600 BC, it is also the first outdoor area with human structures from the Mesolithic period to be discovered in Greece.

Katafyki Cave

Katafiki Cave is located on the northern side of the island, close to the village of Dryopida. It is one of the most impressive sights on the island, once used as a shelter by the locals during World War II, not only to seek refuge from enemies, but also to hide precious belongings and important items. In order to honor the difficult times their ancestors endured in the past, the locals organize a large festival during Easter. This takes place in the cave and the area is filled with music from violins and flutes. Katafiki Cave is definitely a location we highly suggest visiting when in Kythnos on one of our catamarans during your time in the Greek Islands

Monasteri of Panagia Kanala

The Panagia Kanala Monastery is located on the southeastern side of the island. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and home to the icon of Panagia Kanala (the Icon of the Most Holy Lady),also believed to have miraculous healing properties. On a well-known pilgrimage site for Orthodox Christians- nameday of Virgin Mary on the 15th of August- a fair takes place for celebration. The monastery also features a large courtyard, beautiful scenery and exceptional views of the sea.

Museums of Kythnos

Folklore Museum

The Folklore Museum of Kythnos is located in the village of Dryopida and is located in a restored traditional home. The museum contains a variety of local artifacts and traditional objects from the island. There are displays of items from the everyday life, which include pottery, tools, furniture and textiles. The museum also features traditional pieces such as costumes, musical instruments and more.



Kythnos has lovely flat streets, which are ideal for cycling and exploring the island. Although this may not be of major interest to all, it does provide the option for those seeking to do a little exercise while still experiencing and enjoying the island. There are many stores renting bicycles in the port of Merichas.

Diving at Kythnos

Many visitors find the idea of diving to be a great experience. In Greece there is a vast amount of areas to dive in with typical CO2 masks. One of the well known diving centers is located in Kythnos, which happens to have quite a few interesting spots to dive. Keeping in mind that for those of little or no experience there is the opportunity to learn in calm shallow waters. Experience the lovely underwater life of the Greek Seas from a different perspective.


Kythnos has an excellent hiking path towards the Castle of OriasHere you may decide to walk up to the castle, which was once the capital of Kythnos. Prepare yourself for quite a walk that requires some time and energy. Before doing so, communicate with your captain in order to find out the condition of the pathway during your time on the island.

Tastes of Kythnos

Kythnian pie

Due to its production of dairy and meats, Kythnos has excellent cheese based recipes and many varieties to offer. One of these is Kythnian cheese pie, which you can try with the local white wine as a side dish before your main course.

Sfougato - Traditional dish

Another variety offered is Sfougato, which is a cheese croquette usually served as a side dish or as a Greek “Meze”.


As a member of the Cyclades Islands, trust you will find fresh fish almost everywhere. From lobster to grilled sardines, fried squid and let’s not forget that delicious octopus!

‘Arnaki lemonato’:

As mentioned before Kythnos is popular for the production of agricultural products. Local beef and lamb are favored in many recipes cooked by the locals that should not be missed during your sailing trip to the Greek Islands!

  • Average temperatures of 26°C during July and August
  • Quite sunny during the summer
  • Strong, northern winds in July and August



included in our 1 week route for the Cyclades

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