11 Day Group Guided Walking Holiday in April/May and in September/October 2016
This Guided Group Walking Holiday is ideal for the sporty walker who loves varied and rather strenuous walks (6 – 8 hours per day). You stay in a comfortable hotel and you are in for good food as well during and after the walks. In addition to this, by meeting Kythirians, you will get to know the traditional and contemporary island life better.
We walk all over the island, exploring nearly abandoned villages and crossing very varied landscapes. We will be impressed by its moving history and interesting traditions and be frequently amazed by its stunning views. In the meantime we will meet friendly and hospitable islanders. Joining the group in April, you will enjoy the overwhelming beauty of flowers and herbs, in October, a dive in the still warm sea will be the best relaxation when the heather colours the hills purple.
The walking group is small and your guide Frank is personable and knowledgeable. Frank owns Pyrgos House – Kythira’s walking specialist. He lives on Kythira and he knows the island inside out.
Kythera lies off the southern coast of the Peloponnese and belongs to the Ionian Islands. According to the Greek mythology Kythera is the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. She has not only given to Kythera her beauty and loveliness, but also her ruggedness. Kythera characterizes itself through pureness, simplicity and a great diversity in nature and landscape. The ever-present peacefulness is overwhelming. Kythera has been spared by mass tourism. Even during the summer months you still will find secluded beaches on Kythera. Sitting in one of the many village squares, enjoying a Greek coffee or an ouzo, you might forget the time. If this happens, you are sure that Kythera has grabbed you.
A unique blend of yoga, breathing and beautiful walks in a stunning environment. Acquaint yourselves with one of the most remote yet vibrant island locations in Greece. Kythera is pristine, a new destination that lies off the southern coast of the Peloponnese and belongs to the Ionian Islands. According to the Greek mythology Kythera is the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite. She has not only given to Kythera her beauty and loveliness, but also purity, simplicity and great diversity in nature and landscape. The ever-present peacefulness is overwhelming. Kythera has been spared by mass tourism. Even during the summer months you still will find secluded beaches on Kythera. During our 7day yoga and hiking retreat we will explore paths and getaways, beaches and gorges making each retreat day a unique destination. A lot of unpaved paths, seemingly deserted villages, impressive gorges, flowers, herbs and wild goats make Kythira a true walking paradise. This unique retreat combines yoga and the acquaintance with the wonderful landscape of Kythera. The program includes a daily yoga practice, focusing on a different theme each day, and hikes and excursions of familiarization with the local culture.
In the beautiful island of Kythira will be organized the 2nd Geobukan Tour & Training Martial Arts.
For 5 days, from the 27th of August until the 31st of August, the participants will have the opportunity to combine workouts and holidays in the most beautiful parts of the island.
In G.T.T.M.A will be held three workouts per day where can participate:
Island of Kythira is the ideal destination, especially during the spring, for those who love nature and wish to relax by enjoying the beauties of the place.The island has lush vegetation and daisies, poppies and wild-violets grow almost to the beach.
Arriving at the port, Diakofti, will smell the fragrance of the flowers and thyme, while the saltiness of the sea will revitalize your senses.
The celebration of Easter in Kythira is a unique experience. Visitors will feel the religious devotion through the quaintness with which the litany of Epitaph is done on Good Friday. You can also participate in its decoration going early in the morning to the nearest church. The evening, in most villages, the locals put fire to small tins that have been previously placed along the route of the Epitaph creating so an amazing atmosphere. In Agia Pelagia the Litany of the Epitaph is by the sea, in Potamos is accompanied by the band of the village, in Chora passes between narrows streets reaching to the magnificent Venetian castle, in the monastery of Panagia Myrtidiotissa is devotional and in the graphic village of Avlemonas will walk to the small port and castello.
The old days, the purpose of this flea market was not only the sale of local products but also served as a meeting point between the merchants of the island who found the opportunity to carry out their financial transactions.
Discover and enjoy the beauty of nature of Kythira walking in recent signaled trails named as “Porfyra monopatia”. Paths that pass between a great variety of plants and herbs. Astonishing landscapes between valleys with streams, springs and waterfalls. Mountains, gorges and beautiful beaches complete the scenery of the hike. Ideal time for trekking lovers is during spring and autumn due to the fact that these periods temperature is about 20ο C degrees and the island has dense vegetation.
Passing the village square, you turn to the right and you will see a sign that leads you to the path. It is recommended to park your vehicle at this point and continue on foot.
The descent is easy but you must follow the signs not to lose your way. You will encounter three successive small lakes where you can swim.
The sea of Kythira is ideal for fishing since its large depth in conjunction with reefs, hides a large variety of fish and seafood. Either with nets, loglines, fishing rod or snorkeling you can fish bream, black spot sea bream, hull, mullet, breams, groupers, octopus, squid, lobsters and crawfish. The western side of the island is ideal for fishing since there are many reefs. Ideal ports are Limionas, Lycodimou Bay, Routsounas, Agios Nikolaos, Ochelles, Agios Lefteris and Vroulea. Also, for those who have their own boat, the areas around Hytra, Kofinidia, Feloti and Dragonares are ideal fishing spots.
Spearfish and snorkeling are prohibited through-out the East coast, from Dragonares up to Kapsali.
For more information please ask the local Port Authority.