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Kea is perfect for your next island getaway.

The Greek Islands are the perfect destination for any travellers' next holiday. The island of Kea is located across the Steno Keas straight from mainland Greece. This island has just over 2,000 permanent residents, though the tourist population increases this number in summer months. The island is well known for its ideal scuba-diving conditions, with several fascinating wrecks lying just off the coast.

Visitors will certainly enjoy a Greek getaway on the island of Kea—and a holiday rental is the best place to start. A range of different accommodations in Kea is available for a variety of travelling parties. Single-family residences are available through HomeAway, with a variety of amenities and for a variety of rental periods, ensuring guests get just what they need during a stay on the island. HomeAway also has grand villas in Kea available for larger groups. These breathtaking villas boast amenities such as swimming pools, fully equipped kitchens, and the ability to sleep 10+ guests at any given time. For those looking for more bustling cities, the nearby island of Mykonos is also an option. For a more secluded location, the island of Santorini offers many beautiful holiday rentals.

Things to do

Temple of Athena on Kea:

The Temple of Athena dates back to the late 6th century BC. The Archaeological Museum of Kea houses sections of the Temple of Athena, as well as other parts of the ancient city. The museum is open from 8am-3pm daily. Full-price tickets are three euro, while reduced-rate tickets are two euro.

Otzias Beach:

Visit Otzias Beach, located on the northernmost part of Kea. This beach is easy to access by car, at just a 15-minute drive away from the harbour. Stands to buy food and drinks are available, as is a small children's playground.

Panagia Kastriani Monastery:

Located on the northern side of Kea, the Panagia Kastriani Monastery was built around 1700 AD. Tradition states that shepherds saw a light at the top of Kastri, then ascended to the top. Upon digging they found an icon of the Virgin Mary, and decided to build a monastery on that very spot.

Keadivers Dive Center:

Keadivers Dive Center is located in the harbour town of Vourkari, on the northwestern corner of Kea. Keadivers leads dives for both beginning and advanced divers to the island's underwater treasures. Among these are the Patris sunken ship of 1868, the HMHS Britannic (sister ship of the Titanic).

Lion of Kea:

Visit the mysterious stone Lion of Kea. This archaic object is one of the most popular tourist sites on the island. The legend follows that the Lion was sent to the island to ravage the beautiful water nymphs that once lived on Kea.

Athens:

Explore Athens during a Greek holiday. The bustling metropolis of three million will surely be a change of pace. Explore the Neoclassical and Greco-Roman architecture. Be sure to visit the Parthenon and the recently opened and incredibly popular New Acropolis Museum.

Weather on Kea

Kea's weather is consistent with the Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot, but not humid, and temperatures reach the mid-30s. Winters are rainy but not too cold, and only dip down to the mid-10s. A group of winds, called the Ethesians (or Meltemi in Turkish) blow all summer long. In the late afternoon and early evening, these winds can disrupt the western edge of Kea, as well as sailors at sea. Signs are posted along Kea's western beaches.

Travel to Kea

Kea is most easily reached by way of the Greek ferry system. Travellers should fly into Athens Airport (ATH) and transfer to the Ferry system at the main ferry harbour. Both car-carrying and passenger ferries arrive in Korissia on the island of Kea regularly. These ferries are more frequent during the high tourist season. From Korissia, the Epar. Od. Limaniou Korissias-Ormou Kampiou Road leads eastward across the island through Milopotamos, Ioulis, Kastanies, and Astras.

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                                                                                                      Paradise on earth

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                                                                                                      The stereotype dictates Greeks to be most hospitable, but the owner of this little property took hospitality to a whole new level. The property is stunning, almost too good to ever want to leave and explore the rest of the island. We loved the unobstructed view of the Aegean, the quietness and the privacy. Worth every single penny we spent!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Superb spacious villa with stunning view

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                                                                                                      We stayed here for a week during July and were a party of five including one six year old. The villa is situated on the hillside above and around a promontory from Ioulida, the island's capital but overlooking the port of Korissia. I'll say again the view is stunning and whilst you're cooking on the cleverly sheltered barbeque, watching the kids leap about in the pool and making full use of the extensive terrace you'll find yourself gazing at the beautiful vista that extends all the way back towards the mainland. The house is equipped with everything you need including a washing machine if you've decided to travel light. The dishwasher was very useful after the many large barbeques we had for our Kean friends and family. The kitchen actually has a lot more than a lot of Greek villas we have stayed in previously including the essential frappe frother, a huge fridge-freezer and a trouble free ceramic hob. The rooms are spacious and clean, ours even had a walk-in wardrobe and the other double room had a set of doors that led directly to another terrace. Kids room is cool with bunk beds set at 90° which had my daughter alternating her sleeping several times a night. But the point of this house I believe is to spend as much time outside as possible. There's a covered area in case it's too windy (It can be a bit windy up there) but we rarely sat there. The wind was great in fact, keeping us cool under the magnificent weather. Plenty of large, masterfully constructed stone tables will have you eating outside every day or enjoying a quiet drink at the small sitting area at the end of the property. There's also a little chapel which was an interesting addition. I would advise a 4x4 if you're renting a car, not only for the steep road to the villa but for many of Kea's roads, some of which are gravel. Leon car hire based in Korissia are probably your best bet but get there early or you will be renting from Athens airport where we have experienced quite a few issues. There is a self-service petrol station very nearby on the road to Pisses (No giggling at the back!) and several well stocked supermarkets around Ioulida and on the road to Korissia. Superb restaurants closby in Ioulida (Try "To Steki", amazing authentic Greek food). The one issue we had was that we didn't realise there were stairs and it is only because one of our party uses a wheelchair that was this a minor problem. The only disappointment we all had was leaving. Superb holiday!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                      Beautiful Place in Greece

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                                                                                                      Beautiful Place to stay in Kea. House is very traditional with very nice view and terrace. Everything was very clean and well equipped. Pagona is a very friendly and helpful host.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2016