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Kithnos in Greece
Kithnos, or Kythnos, is Cyclades ninth largest island, slightly larger than Mykonos and approximately four times less than Naxos, which is Cyclades largest island. Here lives around 1,460 inhabitants and the island's surface is 99 km2. The two main villages are Chora with 560 inhabitants, and Merichas which has 370 inhabitants. The highest mountain is Profitis Elias and measures 336 meters above sea level.
The Greek everyday life dominates in Kithnos. Picture from Dryopida.
The flat landscape makes it a rather anonymous island. The beaches are quite mediocre and there are no spectacular sights. However, there is something purely genuine about Kithnos that many islands lack - especially in the picturesque villages Chora and Dryopida. The people on the island are curious and friendly and show what Greek hospitality is all about.
Loutra with its hot springs is located north of Chora.
TRAVEL TO KITHNOS
BEACHES IN KITHNOS
If you are looking for long sand beaches with powder white sand, Kithnos is not for you. The beaches are OK, but no reason to run your legs off. Here is information about some of the beaches.
Martinakia beach is located at a comfortable walking distance (5-10 min) from Merichas, just around the corner on the way to Chora. The beach lies in a luxuriant green valley. There is a nice little bay with two tavernas, a couple of pensions and some shade from the tamarisks. The sand is greyish and firmly packed. Episkopi beach is about 20 minutes walk from Martinakia.
Apokroussi is avery long sand beach, surrounded by shade-giving trees, in a bay with clear and inviting water. A fertile agricultural landscape spreads out behind the beach. There are two tavernas on the further corner of the beach.
SIGHTS IN KITHNOS
Apart from the nice villages, Kithnos has no special sights. Although, the Katafiki Cave in Dryopida and the monastery Panagia Kanala (in Kanala) are worth a visit.
The monastery in Kanala.
ACCOMMODATION IN KITHNOS
Almost all tourists stay in Merichas. The hotels are spread out on three sides, would you like the morning sun, choose the right side at the far end of the port beach, and if you want evening sun, choose to the hotels above the port.
Here are three suggestions for accommodation in the Merichas.
Merichas just after sunset.