Holidaymakers looking for a vacation on a hot sunny island may like to try the Greek island of Kythera (Cythere). Located south of the Greek mainland this beautiful island has many interesting things for holidaymakers to do. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas, cottages, B&Bs and campsites.
There are a number of beaches to choose from in Kythera including at Kaladi and Chalkos. Holidaymakers can relax on the sandy beaches and enjoy a swim in the warm sea. With many wonderful views to enjoy the area also offers plenty of places to go hiking and cycling through the beaches, hills and villages.There are a few opportunities to try some water sports on the island especially at Kapsali beach where there is a water ski school as well as banana, pedaloes and canoes. Holidaymakers can also take sailing and yachting trips on the Ionian Sea as well as trying some fishing and windsurfing.There are a number of Greek taverns, bars, cafes and restaurants in Kythera, which serve mainly traditional Greek fare and plenty of fish dishes. Self catering holidaymakers will be able to purchase food and beverages from shops and markets on the island. Tourists can buy many different souvenirs and will find shops selling gift items such as sweets and honey.
There are several interesting places to visit on the island of Kythera including historic buildings. The Castle of Kythera contains the Historical Archive of Kythera and is one of the highlights here. Various excursions are available including sailing around the island and glass bottom boat trips. The cave of Chytra can only be reached by boat but is definitely worth visiting. Another great natural feature on the island is the waterfalls at Fonissa Lake. There are museums on the island too including the archaeological museum of Hora.
The warmest time of the year to visit Kythera is generally July and August when the average high is approximately 28 degrees centigrade. Between June and August there is very little rain on the island, whereas December sees an average of 120mm rainfall. As well as being the wettest months, December and January are also the coldest with the average minimum temperatures around 8 to 10 degrees centigrade.
Holidaymakers can get direct flights to Kythera Island National Airport (KIT) from Amsterdam with Transavia Airlines during the holiday season only. There are flights to the island from Athens with Athens Airways and Olympic Air. Visitors from other countries can get flights to Athens International Airport (ATH) and fly on to Kythera. There are direct flights to Athens from Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Dublin, London, Moscow, Paris, Rome and Singapore to name but a few cities. It is advisable to hire a car and Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Euopcar, Hertz and Thrifty are all represented here.