Very close to Athens, just 1.5 hours from the port of Lavrion and 3 hours from the port of Piraeus, there is a beautiful small island called Kythnos, which belongs to the Western Cyclades complex.
Kythnos keeps its unique beauty and character unspoiled thanks to the lack of massive tourism and its inhabitants’ good taste and love for art! They keep the alleys of its villages whitewashed, perfectly clean, and full of beautiful paintings.
Tradition has it that every resident is responsible for the cleanliness of their space. Especially during Easter period everyone cares to have their home and neighborhood whitened and decorated. The variety of decorations is remarkable! People paint flowers, boats and various other shapes related to the culture and life on the island. Walking through the narrow streets, visitors admire the variety of these decorations, as well as the simplicity and harmony that prevails in the landscape and architecture.
Get a taste:
Photography by Kyriaki Iatropouli.