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Kea: Ancient monuments, oak forests and amazing trails

Kea


Τζιά, Κυκλάδες

The island of Kea has a extent of about 85 km and a total surface area of 131 sq. km. It is one of the largest islands of Cyclades , as well as the one nearest to Attica.

Kea, also known as Tzia, with its ages-long history depicted on its archaeological monuments, has unique natural beauties and it is one of the most popular destinations for short escapes from Athens. It also attracts sailing yachts and inflatable motorboats during the weekends, due to its small distance from the marinas of Attica.

Kea Map

The island of Kea is very famous from the ancient times, for its custom of “koniazesthe” (also known as “Kion Nomimon”). According to this custom, the elderly citizens of Kea used to commit suicide by drinking hemlock, when they reached the age of 70.

You must visit the church of Agios Spyridonas and the Lion of Kea or “Lionta”, as it is called by the natives, the imposing sculpture carved on shale rock dating back to the Archaic times.

For the nature lovers and the friends of hiking, Kea offers an enjoyable route of 36 km, which follows stone paved trails in the countryside, in a green setting with view of the endless blue of the Aegean Sea.

Beaches in Tzia: Otzia, Ladous, Gialiskari, Tris Ammoudies, Spathi, Korissia, Xila, Sikamia, Kalidonichi, Pisses, Kastelakia, Koundouro, Agios Emilianos, Kambi, Liparo, Bouri, Frear, Chiliomodou, Panagitsa, Ligia.

How to get there

By Ferry: There are itineraries from Lavrio port to Kea.
By high speed boat: There are also departures of High Speed ferries from Piraeus to Kea.
Connection with other islands: Kea is connected with Kythnos.

Kea Useful Telephone Numbers (Calling code for Greece 0030)

Kea Municipality
22880 22221
Kea Port Authority
22880 21344
Kea Health Center
22880 22200
Archeological Museum
22880 22079
Kea Police Station
22880 21100