Kea, also known as Tzia, is the island of the Cyclades archipelago which is the closest to Attica. At a distance of only 16 nautical miles from the port of Lavrio, it can be accessed by ferry within an hour. The island shares the unique beauty of the Cycladic landscape: blue waters and sandy beaches against a backdrop of hilly land, scenic waterfront villages, whitewashed chapels, old windmills and watermills.
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Particular to the island are the stone-built houses with the distinctly shaped chimneys, and the age-old stone walls for dividing terraced land. The inland of the island is green and fertile, with a wealth of herbs, flowers, fruit, cypresses and pine trees.
The capital of Kea is Chora, also known as Ioulida or Ioulis. It is located in the centre of the island and is characterised by its traditional ceramic roofs, maze-like streets, and stone-paved flights of steps. Built amphitheatrically on the slopes of two hills, it offers breathtaking views on the island and the Aegean sea
The port of Kea is Korissia, also known as Livadi. It is situated in the west of the island. The seafront of Korissia is especially picturesque, as it is lined with elegant shops, bars, cafés and restaurants. Not far from the port we can find some of the best beaches in Kea and a number of significant archaeological and historical sites, making it an extremely popular resort for the island’s visitors. Nature lovers will be keen to discover the island’s ancient hiking paths, 36 in total. Some of them extend from one end of the island to the other, in an idyllic setting of springs, lush greenery, and wild flowers. The paths were part of the ancient road network connecting the island’s villages. History enthusiasts can spend time exploring the island’s antiquities while fans of gastronomy will enjoy the local food and wine. As is it very close to Athens, the island is also a popular destination for sailing boats. Not far from Korissia is the scenic marina of Vourkari, the first stop for sailing boats departing from the port of Lavrio for the Cyclades.