Kythnos is the first island on the way to the west Cyclades, between Kea and Serifos. In contrast to the rest of the Cyclades, Kythnos preserves its wild beauty intact, remaining unique, hospitable and charming within its simplicity. It still maintains manners and customs and the inhabitants welcome visitors to the island with open arms.
Kythnos is a mountainous island characterized by the embossed cycladic scenery, small villages built according to traditional architecture. Paved alleys, pristine white houses, whitewashed squares, numerous churches, windmills, countless beaches – most of which are accessible – crystal clear blue sea and absolute tranquility. It is the ideal holiday destination for those who love simplicity and being close to nature and tradition.
The harbor of Merichas lies on the west side of the island, five miles south of the cape of Kefalos at its northern tip. The main harbor used by the ferry boats, Merichas lies at the SE end of the homonymous bay and offers reasonable protection from the meltemi (the Etesians), which mainly gusts here from the NE.
The harbor of Loutra is on the NE side of the island and is somewhat more yacht-friendly than the main ferry harbor. Although the prevailing NE winds blow down into the bay and cause a pronounced swell, the harbor, situated at the extreme W end of the bay, escapes much of the worst.
Loutra is a newly established summer resort attracting visitors and locals alike due to the thermal springs that give the water a distinct therapeutic value. Well sheltered from the winds this enchanting sandy and pebbled beach offers a popular spot, where swimmers can dive in the warm emerald waters, relish local specialties at the nearby taverns or drink an iced called coffee while enjoying the serenity of their surroundings.
Next to the homonymous church of Agios Sostis this enchanting beach is completely secluded as it is nestled within the natural bay of Loutra and offers a serene summer escape for relaxing swims and peaceful moments of relaxation. The emerald waters and the golden sandy coast invite swimmers for tranquil breaks in the cerulean Aegean where they can enjoy the divine serenity under the shimmering everlasting sun.
Named after the seaside chapel of Agios Dimitrios, near the homonymous village, this quiet beach invites travelers to succumb into the crystalline sapphire waters and sunbathe while laying on the thick sand under the sun kissed sky or enjoy the natural shade under a tamarisk tree. Even though the beach offers easy access it is not considered a popular beach destination and is usually uncrowded.