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One of the quieter and less tourism focused of the Greek islands; Kea is mainly visited by city dwellers from Athens who want to escape to some unspoiled beaches and a quieter pace of life. The island is hilly and covered in lush greenery, and the white houses with red roofs are built into the hillsides making them seem like part of the landscape. With only a handful of hotels and resorts; the island remains quiet and exclusive, but offers a friendly welcome to curious visitors.

Things to see

For those traveling to the island by boat; Kea Port will be one of the first things they see, and it makes a great impression. From here you can see the rolling green hills of the island, and the neat little white houses that overlook the bay. It's also a great spot for fishing and there are many charming seafood restaurants nearby where you can see boats coming in. Otzias Beach is also a popular place to enjoy the calm waters that surround the island, and here you have miles of golden sands to enjoy, with the rugged, natural scenery in the island in the background. Korissia Port Lighthouse sits proudly on top of one of the highest points in the island, and if you take the challenging hike up towards this bright white building, you'll be rewarded with great views of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.

Hotels in Kea

There's a small and exclusive selection of Kea hotels for visitors to choose from, and most of them offer stylish, boutique accommodation. This means you can enjoy hotel facilities such as free buffet breakfasts, outdoor pools, complimentary parking, 24 hour front desk services, bars, and free WiFi. You'll also find rooms with plenty of extra amenities so that you can enjoy your stay on the island, and these can include air conditioning, coffee makers, slippers, private balconies or patios, complimentary toiletries, hair dryers, and plasma televisions with satellite channels. Some hotels also have restaurants attached, and you can choose to enjoy lunch and dinner by the poolside or in the comfort of your room.

Where to stay

Ioulis is the capital of the island and is set on a fairly steep hill, with narrow, cobbled streets taking you through the village. There's a town square which sirs in front of the grand city hall, and here you'll find gatherings and markets taking place on a regular basis. Korissia is also an area that's popular with visitors, and here you'll find lots of traditional Greek restaurants with tables outside so that you can enjoy the sunshine. It's smaller than the capital, and hosts lots of small shops and grocery stores that are useful for tourists staying in isolated areas.

How to get to Kea

The only way to get to Kea Island is by boat, and this retains a certain exclusivity and helps the island to stay off the beaten track. Those arriving from overseas will probably find themselves landing at Athens International Airport which has flights arriving from across Europe. You'll then need to head for the Port of Lavrio which is about a 45 minute drive away, and there are plenty of hire cars and taxis available at the airport terminals. It's also possible to do the transfer journey by bus, and you'll need to change in Markopoulos to get all the way to the port. The ferry itself takes about an hour, and can be booked in advance to guarantee a spot at busy times. Once you're on the island there are buses to get between areas and to your hotel, or there's a car rental facility at the port if you want to explore.

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