THE VILLAGES

Chora

Chora or Mesaria, the capital of Kythnos, is built amphitheatrically on a hillside. It is 8 km from Mericha, the port of the island. It was built in the 17th century and since then it has been constantly inhabited.

The capital of Kythnos, with the Cycladic style and the authentic island atmosphere, enchants every visitor. Small squares and picturesque cobblestone streets with traditional restaurants, cafes, confectioneries and shops, white houses with colored doors and windows, stairs, arches, churches and windmills make up a wonderful residential complex.

It is worth visiting the remarkable churches of Chora that are distinguished for their special architecture and their rich interior decoration. The church of Aghios Savvas dates back to 1613 AD and has the coat of arms of A. Gozadinos, the church of Sotiras (Jesus the Savior) with the iconostasis of the 17th century and the church of Aghia Triada (Holy Trinity), which is the oldest on the island.

Also, do not miss to visit the monastery of Panagia Nikous (Virgin Mary, the Victorious), built in a magnificent location. In the basement of the monastery there was a secret school (during the years of the Ottoman occupation). There, you will also see a beautiful epitaph of Panagia (Virgin Mary).

On the northeastern side of Chora you will see the wind farm that produces electricity from wind power. It is the first wind farm to operate in Greece.
Starting from Chora, you can visit Loutra (
the seaside of Chora) and of course all the nearby beaches, such as Potamia, Aghios Sostis, Schinari, Aghios Stefanos and others

Dryopida

Dryopida, with its traditional tiled houses of excellent architecture, old churches, beautiful little squares, picturesque alleys and arches that fascinate the visitor, owes its name to Dryopes, the first, according to the tradition, inhabitants of the island. The Chorio or Syllakas, according to the locals, built between hills and unseen by the sea, has a long tradition of pottery art. Dryopida is 7 km from Chora.

In Dryopida you can see the Byzantine Museum with Holly Bibles, icons and crosses of the 18th and 19th centuries, bronze and golden ecclesiastical items, wood carvings, an 18th-century epitaph with illustrations of Christ’s life and a wooden carved iconostasis, the

Folklore Museum with traditional costumes, household utensils, old furniture, embroidery, woven and other items, the Monument to the Fallen at War, the Katafyki Cave with a rich decoration of stalactites, the Church of Taxiarchis north of Dryopida, the Church of

Aghios Ioannis Prodromos up on a hill with a panoramic view and excellent architecture as it used to be the catholicon of the monastery, the Church of Aghios (Saint) Nektarios, with a magnificent view of the sea and the sunset, and the chapel of Aghios Athanasios, at the junction to Kalo Livadi.

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