Kea is an exceptionally picturesque island hideaway in the Cyclades group of islands. It offers all the advantages of a quiet, peaceful holiday base, still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, yet is just a one hour ferry trip away from Lavrio port, south of Athens. As such, it is a popular island destination for Athenians.
The beaches are some of the best in the Cyclades offering beautiful sand and crystal clear waters. The landscape consists of hills and valleys, planted with vines and fruit trees, which run right down to pretty bays and the sea. The island’s capital, Hora, built in the shape of an amphitheatre, is particularly appealing with its two-storey houses with tiled roofs, steep, cobbled alleyways and beautiful churches. At the highest point of the village, on the site of the ancient acropolis, is Kastro, with the ancient fortifications and remains of the Venetian wall, offering a breathtaking view of the nearby islands.
Ferry boats call at Korissia, on the west coast of the island, in Agios Nikolaos bay, considered to be one of the safest natural harbours on the Mediterranean. For those looking for a luxury holiday rental villa an island that is close to Athens, but retains the atmosphere and charm of an island much further away, then Kea may be the place for you. Our luxury villas to rent here are all perched high above the sea, with magnificent views.