Kea, a small and graphic Cycladic islandis a place suitable for relaxation and tranquility. The island gives you the opportunity to breathe fresh air just a short trip away from Athens. You can taste the saltiness of the clear sea in one of the most beautifully laced coastlines.
One hour is the distance by ferry-boat from Lavrio. Information regarding departure times and booking can be acquired from agencies in Lavrio and Kea.
Kea is characterized as a popular but also one of the most historic islands. Its history dates back to 3,000 BC according to findings which are still preserved today. Archaeological treasures present in the museum located in the capital of the island, and in several other areas ( Karthea, St. Irene, Ioulida … ), state the deep history of civilization that once thrived on the island.
The road network is satisfactory, a large part of the island is paved and the dirt roads are in very good condition. During your stay on the island you will experience the comfort, spectacular views and tranquility that our cozy apartments in Gialiskarion offer. You will enjoy a spectacular sunset overlooking the entire bay of the island from Livadi to the fisherman of Saint Nikolas.
The beauties of the island are many. Ioulida ( Chora) is a classic whitewashed Cycladic capital with alleys and stairs (good opportunity for some exercise) with great views, ideal for morning walks and evening excursions. Of course one should not forget the beaches of Gialiskarion, Otzia, Poisses, Spathi and Coundouros with its amazing windmills, along with many other beautiful and quiet beaches (Ksila, Tris Amoudies…)
The ancient name of Kea was Hydrousa while during the Ottoman period the island was called Tzia. Its current name Kea is after the hero Keo, chief of the Lokrons from Nafpaktos who in antiquity had occupied the island. Since 1830 Kea, like all islands of Cyclades was included in the newly established Greek state.