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Due to its proximity to Attica, Kea (called Tzia by the local people) is an easily accessible island with varied scenery: steep mountains, small fields, olive groves, vineyards, valleys, picturesque coves and off-the-beaten-track beaches. On the island with the largest oak forest in the Cyclades, bird-watching is a real delight.


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Ferries to Kea

Ferry Schedules Piraeus (Athens) to Kea

Shipping Company
Ship Departure Time Arrival Time
Fast Ferries Fast Ferries Andros 07:30 09:25
Golden Star Ferries Superferry II 07:55 09:45
Sea Jets Andros Jet 15:00 16:10
Fast Ferries Theologos P 17:30 19:30

Follow the stone-paved paths – a total length of 36 km – and discover the island’s four independent city-states (Ioulida, Karthaia, Korissia, Poiessa). In the middle of the island is its capital, Ioulida, built on the site of the ancient city of the same name. This is a very picturesque settlement full of traditional houses with ceramic tile roofs, paved lanes, open spaces, covered passages (stegadia) and many stairs.
The Neolithic settlement of Kefalas (3,300-3,200 BC) on the cape of the same name and the early Cycladic settlement now called Agia Eirini constitute significant witnesses to the human presence on the island in the prehistoric period. On the northeast side, built on a steep rock, is the imposing monastery of Panagia Kastriani (18th cent.) with a wonderful view of the surrounding region.
The island of Kea is the favorite destination of people who enjoy sailing, mainly because of the short distance that separates it from Attica.
The region is full of shipwrecks. It is said that this is where the Greek fleet sank on its victorious return voyage from Troy. In the waters of Tzia, divers can explore one of the most significant underwater sights of the region, the “Britannica”, sister ship of the “Titanic”.
Every year the Feasts of Myth are organised on Kea for children and adults alike: story tellers come from all over world to share their exciting stories in amazing places, with those who love folk tales. If you are on the island between 1-19 August, don’t miss the “Simonideia” which are held in Ioulida and include cultural events, theatrical presentations, concerts and sports.

Source: Visit Greece - The Official website of the Greek Tourism Organisation