Kythira is my favorite kind of Greek island. It’s off the beaten path. It’s rural with plenty of small seaside and countryside villages, and it’s relatively free of tourists.
It’s a place where the ravages of the sun, wind, rain, and sea have created dreamy secluded beaches and at the same time, lonely swathes of barren countryside.
The first time I laid eyes on the island of Kythira, I was struck by endless sight lines of dusty rocks and dry vegetation. I had a surreal feeling that I had landed on another planet. And then, my eyes shifted to expansive views of the Aegean Sea. I no longer noticed or cared about the bland terrain covering the hills and flatlands by the sea.
A treeless, barren landscape leads to the seaside village of Avlemonas.
Sparse vegetation dots the rocky hillside near the church. Anyone know the name of the plant in the photo?
An eye-catching view of the blue Aegean sea from the white-washed church of St. George of the Mountain. Notice how the brown landscape fades into the background.
A grounded shipwreck can be seen from a rocky hillside on the island. Across the bay are the mountains of southeastern Peloponnese, muted by the mist that lingers above the sea.
Carved out of a rocky hillside by natural elements over time is the secluded beach of Kalami.