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Kea was once called the Water Island, Ydroussa, and it is believed that the name is connected to the water nymphs, that lived here according to mythology. Because it was such a pretty island, the gods' got jealous, and sent a lion to ravage the land. The nymphs fled, and as a subsequence, the island dried out. The Keans then asked Apollo's son Aristaeus for help, and he built a temple to Zeus, who apart from being the highest god, also was the one who sent rain. This pleased him, and the nymphs and waters returned, giving Kea a fertile soil with good crops.
famous sight on the island is the Lion of Kea
, or Lionda. It is a big, archaic sculpture of the mythical lion.
The monastery of Panagia Kastriani
is also worth a visit, and you can even stay here in one of its cells. The monastery dates back to the 18th
In Ioulis there are also a few interesting churches,
as well as an ancient acropolis. There are also ancient remains of temples in Korissia
There are many sandy beaches on Kea, and just to mention a few, there is Otzias, Koundouros
. At Koundouros you'll find most of the watersports.
PORTO KEA 5* Suites
Is a cluster of individual buildings harmoniously blending with the local environment. The use of stone in the architecture of indoor and outdoor spaces of the Porto Kea Suites Hotel has been inspired by the rough rocky terrain, a striking feature of the Cyclades islands. And when hard stone is paired with the warmness of the wood, the clean whitewashed walls and the bright colours of local slate stone, the result can only be a wonderfully cosy atmosphere perfect for you to relax and unwind.
KEOS KATOIKIES Guest House
Just 200 meters from the traditional small Church of St. George, at the port of Kea awaits you "Keos Homes". Rooms with simple decor, wooden ceilings and distinctive colors, built on the traditional Cycladic architecture.. All rooms have a balcony or terrace with either sea view or garden view.The excellent quality of service combined with the friendly environment will offer you a pleasant stay.
AIGIS SUITE Furnished Apartments
Located 2.5 km from Korisia port, as a natural extension of the hill that overlooks the Vourkari and the Aegean Sea, excellently located on a hilltop well hidden from prying eyes and a breath from Athens.