Kea is located in the Aegean Sea and it is the nearest inhabited Cycladic island to Athens.
It is located just an hour away from the port of Lavrion in Athens. Thanks to its proximity to the capital, Kea Greece (also known as Tzia) is a very popular destination among the locals, especially for weekend getaways and short trips!
Even though it is a Cycladic island, it isn’t similar to its Cycladic counterparts. Unlike the rest of the Cyclades islands, it is more verdant. What’s more, instead of the traditional whitewashed Cycladic houses, it is full of traditional farmhouses and tile-roofed buildings in earthy tones.
In the inland of Kea Island, you’ll find a lush natural paradise!
The island houses rare plant species and wild animals, such as birds and reptiles. For this reason, it makes an excellent destination for nature lovers and exploration aficionados.
The capital of the island is Ioulida, a beautiful village which emits a relaxing vibe, thanks to its traditional architecture and car ban!
In Ioulida, you’ll find a Medieval castle, a vestige that dates to the Venetian period and the Archaeological Museum among other places of interest.
Other beautiful villages include Vourkari, Korissia and Otzias.
As for the beaches, some of them are organized, such as Gialiskari, Koundouros and Korissia, while others are secluded and completely unspoiled!
For your accommodation, villas, houses and studios are available for the most part, while apartments and camping facilities are another option.