Kythira, the island of celestial Aphrodite, love nest for what famous couple of the story of Paris and Helen, place of utopia and searching until our days.“Kythera” means… wild beauty, vivid contrasts, magnificent landscape untouched by time, a crossroad of seas, people and culture.
The island in the evolution of history has been the crossroads of civilizations, and thus became amalgam effects: Minoan, Mycenaean, Byzantine and Venetian rule. The different cultural influences define the identity between the East and the West. H absence of Ottoman rule, the age-old Keeping pace with the Ionian Islands and the decisive period of Anglokratias synthesized the cultural particularity, in which the influences of the West and the East are perceived in the architecture, language and traditions. Even the northern part of the island draws origin and influence from the neighboring Peloponnesus, while the southern part of the Ionian Islands and mainly from Crete.
Travel the island is rapidly expanding in recent years and brings the attention of many visitors and tourist enterprises. The cultural heritage of Kythira is rich because so many people stepped on the land. The monuments bear witness to history. The architecture of the island rests in the styles and especially the Venetians, Crete and Mani. The Historical Archive of Kythira, the castle is now the capital is the second most important after Corfu, keeping records of the 16th century. The Byzantine monuments and British buildings adorn each side of each peak of the island. Archaeologists with organized groups bring to light important details. The myth of Aphrodite revives people, the stones and the sea. In Kythira nature improved by culture. The visitors fall in love easily and become familiar with the island.
Kithira are famous for the excellent thyme honey so you better not forget to take some with you. You can find it tastefully jarred and packaged by a special distributor in the village of Potamos. If you like wines you should definitely visit the winery of the village called Pitsianika where you can also taste some of them. All the traditional dishes can be accompanied by the fabulous Arikaras and Petrolanos wines made from local grape varieties. Kithira are also known for handmade ceramics. Families maintain the pot making tradition by passing it on from generation to generation.