Useful information about Kea island, ferry schedules and ticket prices. In the antiquity of the island there were four major cities - Ioulis, Korissia, Poeisa and Khartoum.
The remains of Karthia can be seen at the end of the island, facing the opposite Kithnos. Kea Island is a favorite place for wealthy citizens of the capital because of the proximity of the island with Attica. Mountain, but with fertile valleys, Kea has been famous since ancient times for its wine, honey production and almond growing.
Although the island of Kea is part of the Cyclades, the architecture of the local settlements has little to do with the typical Cycladic architecture. The capital of Kea is the city of Ioulis, with its buildings covered with red tiles and with its winding gutters, perched on a hill about 5 km (3 miles) from Korissia.
Ioulis is famous for its 26 windmills located on the famous mills' hill. Because of its proximity to Athens, the island is often visited and crowded with residents of the capital.
There are several wonderful beaches on the island. The city is a labyrinth of alleys that look like tunnels and, apart from this, has a wonderful neo-classical town hall building / dates back to 1902 /. The building is distinguished by the statues of Athens and Apollo located here. A good option is to visit some of the neighboring islands such as Andros island.
Apart from this, on the western side of the town hall are situated ancient sculptures, and at the entrance - a sculpture of a woman and a child, found ancient Cardia.
Castro district can be reached through a beautiful white passage, built on the site of an ancient acropolis. In this part, the Venetians, led by Domenico Micheli, built in 1210. A castle with stones from the ancient walls of the Temple of Apollo. Here is a beautiful panoramic view.
The lion from Kea, also known as the smiling lion. While in the capital of Kea, you can also visit the Archaeological Museum of the city. The Archaeological Museum is located in a beautiful neo-classical house.
His collections include interesting Minoan finds by Agia Eirini; Artifacts from the four ancient cities; Cycladic figurines and ceramics; Marble artifacts of antiquity. Another great landmark of the city is the smiled lion (known as the Lion of Kea) - dating back to the 6th century BC and carved into a rock 400 meters north of the city.
The island's port city / Korissia / can be quite overcrowded, especially during the holiday season. The same applies to the attractive and popular resort of Vurkari, located to the north - the resort is especially popular with its good taverns. While visiting the island, visit the archaeological complex Agia Airena, where there is a chapel of the same name.
The settlement, which was here during the Bronze Age, was destroyed as a result of an earthquake but was discovered during excavations between 1960 and 1960.
Here people lived another 3000 years before Christ, through Neolithic, as the town was fortified twice during the Bronze Age, and there are still traces of the great wall and towers that were here.
Many of the finds in the complex are located at the Archeological Museum in Julida. Another interesting landmark on Kea Island is the Moni Agias Marinas Tower, 5 km southwest of Ioulis.