Its proximity to Athens, fabulous beaches and famous thermal springs mean that this island gets rammed with visitors – mainly Greek – in August. Come out of season, however, and it can be perfect.
What to do Take a sea taxi to Kolona, a narrow strip of sand connecting to a small island. The two bays on either side have azure water which is rarely without a few yachts at anchor.
Where to stay Due to its popularity, Kythnos is not the cheapest, but Xenonas Afroditi (€70) is a more reasonable option in the spa town of Loutra. And it is exactly what you expect from a Greek hotel: whitewashed, simple rooms, and by the beach.
Where to eat Chartino Karavi (+30 22 8103 3004) is a reliable little tavern on the backstreets of Dryopida, a pretty inland settlement. When it’s not too hot there is a footpath that winds the 2km up to here from the island’s capital, Hora.
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