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Sights of Kythira

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Visitors of Kythira have the opportunity to admire the sights that will encounter in their daily outings to the scattered villages.

The Byzantine castle of Paleochora, the cave of St. Sophia, the waterfall of Mylopotamos, historical Venetian castles and bridges that built during the occupation of the island by the British, are some of the spots worthy to visit.

 

 

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Bridge in Katouni - Kythira

katouni-01Passing through the village of Livadi, do not forget to visit the bridge in Katouni.

It is a stone bridge resting on 13 arches, has a length of 110 meters, a width of 6 meters and a height of 15 meters.

It is considered as the most important work done during the era of British rule.

 

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Paleochora - Kythira

palaioxora-03Paleochora, known also as Agios Dimitrios, was the Byzantine capital of the island. There, islanders had found shelter from pirates. Such is the position of the castle, that is not visible neither by land nor from the sea.

The old town was built round. Walking among the ruins of the village, you reach a point from where the view to the gorge Kakia Lagada and the high altitude are breath taking.

You will encounter the Byzantine church of Saint Barbara, built in the 13th century.

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The Venetian castle in Chora - Kythira

enetiko-kastro-01The Venetian castle or “Fortezza”, a fortress from the 13th century, stands imposingly over the natural harbor of the capital Kapsali. Being between the Aegean, Ionian and Cretan Sea, was given also the name “Eye of Crete” because from there watched the movements of ships.

Passing the newly renovated houses next to the entrance of the castle and climbing the brick alley, come across the “fossa”, the tunnel of the castle. On your left you will see the prisons and on your right the tanks of the old aqueduct.

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Cave of Agia Sophia - Kythira

cave-agia-sophia-01One of the most important sights of Kythira is the cave of Agia Sophia in Mylopotamos, at the west side of the island. According to mythology, the cave was the love nest of Paris and Hellen when they took refuge in Kythira. Experts believe that the cave is very large, but till today only 220 meters are open to visitors.

 

 

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Mitata - Kythira

mitata-02Do not forget to visit the picturesque village of Mitata. You can enjoy your coffee or lunch at the “balcony” of the village, overlooking the lush ravine to Viaradika.

Going down a narrow alley you will find the fountain of Mitata. There the water flows abundantly in basins which in old days used as laundry.

There under a brick arch, there is a stone table.

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Waterfall of Neraida - Mylopotamos - Kythira

neraida-01In Mylopotamos, you can visit the waterfall of Neraida (Fairy). The tall plane trees with their dense foliage leave the sun’s rays pass with difficulty.

Admire the lush nature and the fairytale landscape. The legend says that there, the old years, used to live fairies.

The quantity of water depends on how much it has rained during the winter.

The water drops from a height of about 20 meters and ends in a big pond.

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Amir Ali - Karavas - Kythira

amir-ali-01Arriving in Karavas you will see a sign that will lead you to the lush ravine of Amir Ali.

Passing through the graphic houses of Portokalia’s settlement you reach at the cafeteria where you can park your vehicle.

The village got its name (Portokalia-Orange) from a very large orange tree which according to the locals produced many kilos of oranges.

 

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Castle of Kato Chora - Mylopotamos - Kythira

kato-chora-mylopotamos-01Kato Chora of Mylopotamos, is one of the most scenic villages of the island. The well-preserved houses with their stone planters, highly remind the Venetian architecture. Due to lack of space, but also for the protection of the people from pirate raids are built next to each other, left and right of the narrow street that crosses the village.

The castle was built in 1565 in order to house 50 families of Venetian soldiers. Before the entrance of the castle, there is the old English school that was built in 1825. Next to the gate of the fort, you can admire the winged Lion of St. Mark which was a symbol of the Venetian Empire.

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The lighthouse of Karavas - Kythira

faros-karava-01It is located at the northernmost part of the island, between Kythera and Elafonisos.

It is one of the largest lighthouses in the Mediterranean and was constructed in 1901 by the British.

The height of the tower is 25 meters and its focal height 110 meters.

 

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