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About Kythira

Traditionally one of the seven main Ionian Islands, Kythira actually sits much further south, close to the tip of the Peloponnese peninsula. Tranquil and low-key, it’s a wonderful destination for those looking to unwind on an island rich in natural beauty and traditional charm. This laid-back atmosphere is reflected in the best places to stay in Kythira, too, which are understated and affordable — not the case on every Greek Island!

History buffs will be fascinated by Chora, Kythira’s main town. Built on a hill in the south of the island, the town is a maze of streets lined with Venetian-era mansions and Byzantine churches. You’ll find bustling tavernas, little independent shops and quiet cafés to linger with a coffee and a bite to eat on long, lazy afternoons. Chora’s most famous landmark is undoubtedly its Venetian Castle, which boasts marvellous views of the Aegean and Cretan Seas. If you’re keen to understand the island’s past, don’t miss the onsite museum.

Venturing further afield, you’ll find walking and cycling trails criss-crossing the island. Kataraktis waterfall, just beyond the village of Mylopotamos, is brilliant for walks, with overgrown forested paths to discover. Top beach spots include Kalami, Kapsali and Paleochori. It’s just a short hop from Kasali to Hytra Islet, where seals rest in a luminescent blue lagoon. Speak to the team at one of the best places to stay in Kythira to arrange boat trips and guided hiking excursions — or simply kick back by the pool and soak up views of the sea.

The Best Places to Stay in Kythira

For Traditional Charm

  • Hotel Margarita is a charming, traditional spot with flagstone floors, stone arches and a gorgeous courtyard terrace. A converted 19th-century mansion, just off the narrow high street in historic Chora, this is a great base for exploring. The 12 rooms are simple and affordable.

For a Seaside Break

  • Kythira Golden Resort overlooks the sea in Diakofti. Modern rooms — hidden behind a classic blue-and-white façade — have expansive ocean views, and the outdoor pool is ideal for unwinding after days of discovering the village or swimming and sailing in the Med.

FOR AN APARTMENT OR HOLIDAY VILLA

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Fly to Kithira Island National Airport via Athens International Airport — and continue to your destination by bus or taxi. Alternatively, travel across from Crete by ferry. Speak to your hotel in advance to arrange an airport or ferry pick up.
  • Kythira is wonderful to explore with the freedom of your own transport! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Expect warm summers, with temperatures reaching around 26°C between June and August, which is also peak season. For fewer crowds travel in May or late September, when you can find great hotel deals — but do be aware that October tends to be rainy.

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Best Hotels in Kythira

  • Hotel Margarita Kythira 12 rooms from £43

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located for exploring the historic town of Chora
    Value chic  -  A quaint, traditional stay at an inviting price
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Traditional

    Historic lodgings turned boutique hotel with old-fashioned charm. Spacious but simple rooms with period features. A great low cost slice of paradise with sun-kissed beaches and towns for you to explore and relax in. See More

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  • Kythira Golden Resort Diakofti, Kythira 10 rooms from £74

    Local exploring  -  A charming and comfortable base to return to after exploring the village of Diakofti and the surrounding coastline.
    Sights nearby  -  Venetian Castle and Fortress of Avlemonas are both within three miles.
    Local markets  -  Head down to the Diakofti market and pick up some regional produce.
    Diving  -  The surrounding coastline is great for scuba diving.
    Air conditioningSwimming PoolDisabled accessViewsParkingNo pets

    Kythira Golden Resort is an excellent hotel right by the beach in Diakofti. The modern rooms enjoy spectacular seaside views and the outdoor pool is the perfect place to relax and soak up the soothing surroundings. A serene spot for a quiet holiday on a Greek island. See More

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