|Good seafood and Greek fare
Kythnos has a land mass of 99 sq. km. and a coastline of 98 km. The population of Kythnos is about 1,500 individuals. This western Cycladic island is 52 nautical miles from Piraeus.
Mountainous Kythnos has several lovely beaches and many coves and is well known for its therapeutic springs or loutra.
Like its neighbor, Kea, very few tourists visit Kythnos and it is an ideal place to find and see the real Greece. There are many Greeks visiting the island, seeking relief in the thermal springs.
There is some basic night life in Merihas, Hora, and Loutra. The islanders are extremely friendly and most tourists are Greeks seeking the therapeutic springs. Kythnos is a good island for hiking.
Kythnos generates its own electricity from wind and solar power. Its azure waters and sandy beaches offer good swimming and good fishing.
Kythnos was an iron rich island until the ore became depleted in 1940 and islanders now farm, make wine, honey, ceramics, weave baskets and catch fish. Figs grow well here and there are decent local wines. You can still see farmers working the fields with donkeys and other examples of a rural Greek lifestyle that have all but disappeared from the more fast-paced lives of most Greeks. In 1974, a massive stone wall was built around the harbor to allow ships to dock and business has grown slowly from that time.