An article written by Laure M. on May 10th 2017
Kythira is the perfect island to spend a few days with family. It’s neither too big nor too small. You can go from one part to the other within 30-45 minutes by car. So the distances are not too long for the kids and parents won’t constantly “are we there yet?”.
Kythira is not very touristic and the atmosphere is very calm.
What can you do in Kythira? Many things. Dives in crystal clean waters, walks in the nature, natural waterfall, traditional taverns…there’s something for all tastes. Young and older ones will be very satisfied.
We left for Kythira Friday night. It is easy to reach the island within 50 minutes by plane. The company Olympic air has many weekly flights. Also at the airport of Athens there is a reception especially for families to avoid waiting with suitcases. During the flight kids are given things to color and snacks.
You can go to Kythira by ship in 1 hour and 15 minutes from Neapoli in Peloponnese.
Kythira is known as the place where Aphrodite was born. It’s an opportunity to talk about mythology during our trip.
«–Kids, do you know who Aphrodite is?
– The goddess of war they proudly answer
– Of course not, she is the goddess of Beauty and Love».
They do not yet make distinctions between the gods and the goddesses…we must keep on reading mythological books.
It’s better to have a car on the island. If you don’t take your own car, the rentals can provide you child seats or booster seats for the older ones.
Arrival at our mill
We chose a singular accommodation: A windmill (Windmill Studios). Fantastic! The kids loved it. They had many images in mind and constantly sang the song «Meunier, tu dors» for 48 hours.
When you say windmill you think of the wind! The place is very pleasant in the summer because we open the windows and instantly have air. We have radiators and blankets for when the weather is still cool. We do not feel cold even when the nights are cool.
Attention: The windmill is not suitable for very young children because it has many stairs. It’s OK for children from 4 years old.
What to do? What to see in Kythira?
There are many activities suitable for kids in Kythira. The island has lovely villages for walkabout: the island’s capital (chora), Kapsali, Potamos, Mylopotamos, Avlemonas. The kids can run through the alleys and try to catch the cats.
At the port of Kapsali we suggest you walk on the coast. And you should continue after the beach, in order to climb on a lighthouse (very easy ascent of 3-4 minutes) and than till the little chapel from where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the port.
What you definitely must see is the castle. The ascent is done from the island’s capital. The spot is incredible and kids really like the canons and the old castle. Parents can enjoy the breathtaking view.
We suggest you visit the waterfall of the Fairy in Mylopotamo. You’ll arrive through an alley and a few stairs. The place is cool and shady.
There are many beaches in Kythira perfectly suitable for families. We particularly recommend:
- Kapsali beach at the port, with many cafeterias and transparent and shallow waters.
- Aghia Pelaghia beach, very suitable for families.
- Diakofti beach, very convenient for children. Waters are turquoise and shallow. We also see an half-submerged ship, that kids love.
Where to eat with your children in Kythira?
There are many options. We suggest you some places where you and your children can eat.
The tavern Pierro in Livadi: A traditional tavern with a very hospitable owner that escorts kids to the kitchen so they can choose what they want. Spaghetti bolognese, french fries, meats of the hour and casserole dishes.
A restaurant with crepes at the port of Kapsali, owned by a French couple. The crepes are tasty and is an ideal meal for kids.
You can also eat in one of the taverns in front of the sea in Aghia Pelaghia: The kids play at the beach while parents eat.
Reservations: 27360-31014 & 27360-31431
Laure is French. She is a lawyer that left Paris since 2015 in order to come live in Athens. She is a mother of tow kids, five and six years old, and she adores exploring Greece. Laure, along with Sophie, created the website VivreAthènes for francophone people living in Athens or visiting the capital city. In this website, Laure and Sophie share with us their favorite places, excursion ideas and practical information.