The Greek Island of Kea is located to the southeast of Attica and the city of Athens, and forms part of the beautiful Cyclades Islands. This tranquil, rugged island is blessed with pristine beaches and is unaffected by crowds of tourists. The excellent climate, beautiful and diverse scenery, as well as some of the best Greek restaurants, make Kea holidays something special. Whether you are traveling in winter or summer, holiday rental in Kea is ideal for romantic breaks, family holidays or peaceful getaways.
The small island has many hidden treasures for those renting Kea accommodation. There are unspoiled beaches that are easily accessible from villas in Kea, and are ideal for water sport. Water sports available in Kea include snorkeling, sailing, scuba diving and fishing. If you want to keep your feet dry you can sun bathe or play a game of beach volleyball. The beach at Koundouros is where you will find most of the water sports, however the beaches at Korissia and Otzias, which is ideal for children, are also popular.
The island is renowned for its excellent Greek restaurants and taverns. Local dishes include a pork sausage dish called Paspala, as well as sweet dishes made from honey that is farmed on the island. There is also locally produced cheese and wine.
A great way to explore the island is hiking on the 36km of marked footpaths and ancient cobbled roads. The diverse scenery and wonderful bird life make the island a paradise for birdwatchers and visitors on a walking holiday.
There are many archeological and historic attractions on the island including the Monastery of Prodromos, Panagia Kastriani Church, Agia Marina Church, the ancient stone Lion of Kea statue and archeological museum at Ioulis, as well as the ancient ruins of Karthea.
There size of the island makes getting around easy. The hillside capital Ioulis (Ioulida) has spectacular view and there are regular buses from here to various villages on the island. The village of Vourkari has vibrant nightlife and excellent taverns. There are also craft shops where you can buy locally made crafts such as ceramics, leather goods and carved wood. The coastal village of Koundouros is one of the more popular areas of the island and has great beaches, nightlife and entertainment.
Summer in Kea is sunny and warm with temperatures ranging between 25° C and 30° C. Winter is pleasant, with temperatures ranging between 10° C and 25° C. The winter temperature rarely drops below 10° C, making holiday villas in Kea enjoyable in both the winter and the summer.
There is no airport on the island, which means that visitors renting holiday accommodation in Kea will need to fly to Athens (ATH) and take a ferry from the port of Lavrio on the mainland, 40 minutes away from Athens. The ferry only takes 1 hour to reach the island of Kea. easyJet, Aegean Airlines and British Airways are just some of the airlines that offer flights to Athens.