Hiking on Kythera
Because of the absence of mass tourism, combined with a wonderful variety of nature and architecture Kythera an is excellent destination for hiking holidays. Hiking on Kythera means walking on ancient donkey trails and beautiful dirt raods through many historic villages, along churches, secluded beaches and waterfalls. Enjoy the fantastic views of green valleys and spectacular gorges.
Traditional guesthouse Xenonas Fos ke Choros is located in the center of the island which makes it an ideal base for exploring the island on foot. Kythera has an extensive network of country roads and donkey paths so almost the whole island is accessible. From the guesthouse you can reach the starting point of your walks anywhere on the island by car in less than 30 minutes.
Self guided hiking:
Exclusively for the guests of Xenonas Fos ke Choros we have 10 self-guided hikes availabe, which all start and end at the guesthouse. The most beautiful hikes to be made in the area. They vary from short exploratory walks through historic villages to long hikes through secluded valleys.
Kythera hiking project:
In 2011, a start was made with the ‘Porfyra Monopatia’ project. The plan is to restore and signpost approximately 250 km of the old walking trails . The project team also wants to promote sustainable tourism on the islands of Kythira and Antikythera.
Up until beginning this year eight routes have been signposted. On the website www.kytherahiking.com you can follow progress of the project. Several new paths have been cleaned and will be signposted in 2018.
Kythera Hiking also offers the possibility of hiring a local guide for hiking trips.
There is a wonderful booklet available, “Kythira on foot’, with 32 walks all around the island. The booklet is available inEnglish but also in Italian, French, Greek and Dutch. The price is € 12,50. It is on sale at the bookshops Βιβλιοχαρτοπολειο in Potamos (opposite of the supermarkt) and at Αεροστατο in Kondolianika (along the mainroad between Karvounades and Livadi).