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Kea

Kea is the most northerly of the Cyclades islands and is very popular with rich Athenians, who come to relax away from the hectic life in Athens . Kea has escaped mass tourism, therefore offers a good destination for those who seek a more traditional Greek holiday. The island landscape is mountainous with lush fertile valleys, where olives and fruits grow in profusion.

Ioulida is the main town on the island, situated along the side of a hill overlooking the port of Korissia . The town is very appealing with its narrow lanes and red roofed houses. The impressive Neo-Classical town hall has statues of Apollo and Athena on the roof. The remains of the Kastro, built by the Venetians in the year 1210, with stone from the Ancient Temple of Apollo that once stood here, from here you get wonderful views over the district.

The Archaeological Museum has on display artefacts from around the island.

The Lion of Kea this lion with its rather strange smile, carved from slate in the 6th century BC, is just past the Museum and cemetery to the north of the town.

Korissia is the islands port and is usually busy with Greek tourists, as is the small resort of Vourkari, the art gallery in Vourkari has displays of excellent artwork during the summer. The beach at Otzias is a decent sandy beach, further along the road there is the monastery of Moni Panagias Kastriani built in the 18th century.

Agia Erini this archaeological site excavated in the 1960s dates from the 3000BC, later used as a settlement during the Bronze Age. The settlement was destroyed by an earthquake in 1450 BC, the remains of walls and streets can be seen today. Many of the finds excavated from here are on display in the Museum in Ioulida.

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