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Reunification of the Ionian Islands with Greece

On Friday, we celebrate the return of the Ionian Islands (Eptanissa), which includes Kythira, to the Greek state. On May 21st 1864, the British, having ruled the Eptanissa from 1809, ceded the islands to the new Greek king, George I. Representatives of the local authorities will attend a special liturgy[…]

Kythira on foot walking book

‘Kythira on foot’ – 2021 edition!

This week we will launch the 2021 edition of our walking book ‘Kythira on foot, 32 selected walking routes’ – 60 pages of pure walking fun!! This seventeenth edition is the result of checking all the routes during the winter. The descriptions have been verified and updated as necessary to[…]

Orchids of Kythira

Book launch: Orchids of Kythira

The Kythirian, Stavroula Fatsea, teacher and head of the Gymnasium School in Chora, has a big passion for flora on Kythira. In her spare time she loves to explore every corner of the island. Last week she launched her book ‘Orchids of Kythira’, 230 pages and richly illustrated. It has[…]

Orchid Kythira

Early orchids

Although the wild orchids’ season hasn’t yet started on Kythira, you might have already noticed beautiful early blooming species. Like the Himantoglossum Robertiana, the ‘giant orchid’, and the Ophrys mesaritica (photo). Many other species will follow. Every time you take a walk in February, March and April, you will be[…]

TTV- Kythira’s former local television channel

In the eighties, nineties and up to the beginning of this century, TTV was a household name on Kythira. TTV was founded by Theodoros Travasaros, a postman by profession. In his free time, armed with his video camera, he went everywhere on the island recording as many Kythirian events as[…]

Agios Eleftherios Cave

Agios Eleftherios Cave

West of Potamos, in the valley running from the village to the west coast, there is the Agios Eleftherios church, hidden in a big cave. Every time I go to Lykodimou Bay, I have a look at this intriguing cave on the other side of the valley. The small church[…]

Walking Kythira

Preparation for walking season 2021

Next month we will start our preparations for a new and beautiful walking season (March – November). We will check all the routes of our three individual trekking tours: Kythira Walking Tour, Round North and Round South (a total of 400 kilometres!). There will also be a new edition of[…]

Karavas Pyrgos House

Restoration of dams in Karavas’ valley

Around Karavas, a village in North Kythira, there are seven fresh water springs. They are located along a peacefully rippling brook in the green and fertile valley between Progki and Plateia Ammos. The nearby hill slopes were ideal for growing grain, olives, fruits and vegetables. After many villagers left Karavas[…]

Winter Sunday Walks 2020-2021

Fifth season: Winter Sunday Walks!

This winter, Pyrgos House, in cooperation with Kythera Trails and KIPA, will once again organise the successful Winter Sunday Walks. Every week, until the last Sunday in March 2021, we will choose another place on Kythira to start from, walking together with anyone who loves nature and activity! It is[…]

Kythira green

Kythira is becoming green again

Usually, after a pleasant, warm and dry summer, September brings the first and very welcome rain. A few days later the grass starts to grow giving the island its fresh green radiance. Fragile pink cyclamens appear on roadsides and in fields. From the beginning of October, the heather turns most[…]