Kythnos is a typical island of the Cyclades, also known as Thermia for its thermal springs. It is 100 km2 in area with a population of 1.700 and is 26 knots from Lavrio. The island is popular for its wonderful beaches, archaeological sites (Vriokastro) and the medieval castle of Oria. Other tourist attractions include Hora (the capital) and Driopida, which is distinguished for its traditional architecture. Grandiose festivities are held on the 15th August in honor of the Virgin Mary at the church of Panagia Kanala, and on 2nd November at the church of Agii Akindini – Merichas. There are numerous quaint little chapels that dot the landscape and make the island very picturesque.
Its name derives from “Kythnos”, King of the tribe of Dryopes that first inhabited the island. Significant historic facts include the resistance in 1862 against King Otto. In modern history the iron mines are part of the cultural heritage and one of the island’s most interesting attractions. Kythnos today is a thriving, prosperous island which is becoming increasingly popular with tourists.
Image courtesy of Kythnos Municipality