Trip to Tzia
Kea, also known as Tzia, is one of the Athenians' favourite destinations, particularly those with a sailing boat or inflatable raft. The great thing about Kea is its close distance to Athens, since it's only 16 nautical miles from the port of Lavrio (which is about a 1 hour boat trip).
The westernmost inhabited island of the Cyclades is known for its cosmopolitan atmosphere. The main settlements are Ioulida, Chora and the most picturesque part of the island, the beachside Vourkari, where most sailboats moor upon entering the island, and Korissia, the port of Tzia.
Apart from a refreshing swim in the blue waters of its coast - the most famous is Gialiskari, Otzias, Poiisses, Koundoros and Karthaia - don't miss the opportunity to visit their major attractions. These include the 13th Century Medieval Castle, the Lion of Kea (lion on a rock) and the Archaeological Museum (tel. +30 22880 22079) in Ioulida, the prehistoric settlement of Agia Irini and the Lighthouse of Agiou Nikolaou in Vourkari, the monastery of Panagias of Kastriani in Otzia, the ancient city of Karthaia on the southwestern part of the island and the famous oak forest in the central-eastern part of Kea.