The Craggy Coastline of Kythira

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…

The Doors of the Fishing Village of Avlemonas

Of all the lovely villages on the island of Kythira, Greece, the pristine fishing village of Avlemonas tops the list of my favorite places to go on the island. The village always has a cheerful, upbeat vibe with its whitewashed houses and blue shutters and doors. A crystal-clear blue lagoon at the center of the town…

The Doors of Aroniadika

The island of Kythira has a low-key rural vibe that has drawn us back to the island again and again over the years. While we gravitate to the seaside villages and beaches, we can’t help but also explore the inland villages filled with rustic charm. At times our curious nature for exploring the small villages…

A stroll through the town of Chora

On a recent hot September afternoon, we strolled the empty streets of Chora, Kythira while the sensible tourists and locals took a siesta. We gladly gave up our nap to have the town to ourselves. Only a cat crossed our path as we walked the narrow lane. The town of Kythira (Chora) was founded in…

A quest to find our “goat village” in Kythira

A few weeks ago my husband and I were back on the island of Kythira, Greece, after a seven-year hiatus to celebrate a milestone reunion with my husband’s life-long friends from Athens. Over the years, we’ve visited Kythira with these friends many times and love this quiet, out-of-the-way island. One afternoon when our friends were…

The Doors of Chora

Chora, as the locals call the capital of the Island of Kythira, is located on the south side of the island above the bay of Kapsali. The formal name of the town is Kythira. It’s less confusing to call the town “Chora,” I suppose. This lovely town is full of Venetian mansions, townhouses, and small…