The Basics

Quick Facts: Antikythira
Pronunciation andi-kee-thi-rha
Alternate Spellings Andi-Kythira, Antikythera
Transportation Ferry
Main Attractions Splendid isolation
Food Limited choices
Accommodations Limited rooms

Antikythira Characteristics

 ionian andi-kythiraAntikythira is one of a cluster of small islands between Kythira, at the southern tip of the Peloponnese and Gramvousa on Crete.

Antikythira has only about 110 inhabitants and a land mass of 20 sq. km. Its coastline is 24 km. This remote island has no beach.

Island Features

ionian andi-kythira This tiny island has one telephone, one school with 6 pupils, one doctor, one police officer, and a monastery. There is a Kafenion and a Taverna but no post office or bank. There are 10 rooms available for tourists. Running water and toilets are scarce.

A curious fact about this island is that it is slowly rising, like west Crete.

Towns

 ionian andi-kythira ionian andi-kythiraThe capital is Potamos. It's not just the capital, its the only settlement. By Potamos, ancient Aigilai has walls that date back to the 5th Century BC.

Outside of town the island is rocky with few trees. There is a 5 minute boat ride to the small beach at nearby Xeropotamo.

Drinking and Dining

 ionian andi-kythiraFood is limited here, but available. This is not an island for tourists seeking anything but isolation.

Accommodations

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History

 ionian andi-kythiraAn ancient ship wrecked off the coast in 59 BC, it carried the worlds first mechanical astronomical computer and can be seen in the National Archeological Museum in Athens. Its amazingly complex.

The Ephebe of Antikythira was discovered at the same time and is also in the above museum.

Hints from Harry

The most interesting thing about Antikythira isn't on the island, its the Antikythira Mechanism, which is the world's first computer. I've seen it myself and its very impressive like a Swiss watch somewhat, although a bit rusted together.

The ferry schedule is at the mercy of the winds, so strict timelines are hard to keep on Antikythira. See more photos of Andi-kythira.

Maps

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The Complete Details

Helpful Information
Transportation Facts
  • By Ferry: Once a week with Piraeus, Gythion, Peloponnese, Chania, Crete.
    From these you can get about everywhere.
Island Resources
  • Tel. code: 2735
  • Antikythira Port Authority: tel. 61216