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Greece Travel Greek Island of KythiraGreece Travel Greek Island of Kythira Hora (or Chora) is postcard pretty with its blue and white colors set 900ft above the port of Kapsali. A ruined Venetian fortress is at the top. The location of the fortress was supposedly chosen by pigeons. Hora also has ten old Venetian mansions and a small museum.

Kapsali is a mini-resort, with restaurants and two pebble and sand beaches.

The little egg islet, Avgo, offshore is said to be the exact spot where Aphrodite was born.

beachNorth of Hora at Livadi there is an arched bridge built by the British in 1822. It is the largest bridge in Greece, and has thirteen arches. There's an ancient ceramics workshop in Livadi, where the traditional Kythiran pottery style is kept alive. Call ahead to visit (073 603).

East of Livadi there's a nice museum in Kato Livadi. Four km to the coast from here is a red sand beach, Firi Ammos, where there is good snorkelling.

West of Livadi is the Monastery of the Panagia Mirtidion with a carved bell tower in a fabulous coastal setting among the cypresses. Many pilgrims come to visit the gold-plated icon of the Virgin and Child, deemed especially holy because the faces have blackened with age.

North of Drimonas, Milopotamos is a village criss-crossed by canals. The village has abundant water and lush growth. Nightengales flourish here. Below Milopatmos is a ghost town, Kato Chora, where walls of a Venetian fortress remain. The road from here descends steeply to a white sand beach at secluded Limionas.

Signs in Milopotamos direct you to the Ag. Sofia Cave, which is only open in summer. The cave was used as a church and has frescoes and mosaics among the stalactites, stalagmites and small lakes.

There are several villages on the east coast. Former port and Minoan settlement Skandeia has numerous ruins and archaeolocial status and well as a long sandy beach.

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