Kithnos is a stone’s throw from Piraeus (you can be there in three hours), making it a favourite destination for Athenians. It’s recently become popular with overseas travelers who head for the port of Merihas and the charming capital Chora. Dyopida is another attractive town, whilst party animals will find their feet in Merihas. Kithnos’ immaculately clean beaches and hot mineral springs make it a worthy point for a stopover en route to other Cycladic islands.
The island is believed to have been settled by the Driopes in the 12th century BC, and their leader was called Kythnos. They were very well organised, and their society impressed even the likes of Aristotle.
The wells of the island were well known even in ancient years, and people from the mainland and the neighbouring island would come here to be cured from various diseases.
Kitnos was conquered by the Macedonians in the 4th century BC, and the Romans cane in the 2nd century BC, using the island as a place for exiles.
The Venetians came in the beginning of the 13th century, and were to rule here until the Turks invaded in the 16th century. This was a very unhappy time for the islanders, since they not only had to suffer constant pirate raids, but the plague as well.
Loutra (“Baths”)is a small village where there are hot wells, reputed for their healing waters since antiquity.
Chora is the island’s capital, and is a picturesque village in medieval style. Here, you can visit the Church of Trinity.
Driopis is also a very pretty village, with typically winding streets and laid-back atmosphere. There is a small folklore museum here.
In Kanala there is a small church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, with icons of healing powers.
You’ll find some taverns in Chora and Merichas. The Kopanisti cheese is made on the island and worth a try. There are also a few places to eat in Kanala, Driopis and Episkopi.