Silversea Luxury Cruises A Kythira

Located only nine miles from the mainland, Kythira is the most southerly of the Ionian Islands. Its landscape is characterized by rugged karstic hills slashed by numerous gorges, sheer coastal cliffs, misty moors and hidden valleys. According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite emerged from the sea in a large shell off Kythira. The island was of great strategic importance in ancient times and served as a military stronghold. The abundance of murex shellfish, used for the production of purple dye, led to an early Phoenician settlement. View more

At the southern tip of the island, high above the bay and harbor of Kapsali, lies the charming village of Chora, also known as Kythira Town, a typical island village with a population of 750. Above the village loom the massive walls of the 16th-century Venetian castle. The castle is Kythira's most outstanding attraction. Its prominent location affords spectacular views of the harbor and the town. With its typical whitewashed, cycladic-style houses and narrow alleys, the town is an enchanting sight. Across the island are scattered ruins of medieval castles. About six miles (10km) from Kapsali lies a 17th-century monastery that contains an icon that is said to have performed miracles. On the northeast coast are the remains of the island’s former capital, Palaiokhora, which was destroyed by the Turks in 1536. Since the town can easily be explored on foot, no organized excursions are being offered except for complimentary shuttle service uptown. Pier Information The ship is scheduled to anchor off the island of Kythira. Guests will be taken ashore via the ship's tenders to the tiny port of Kapsali. Kythira Town stands high above the harbour; it is reached via a winding road of about 1 mile (1.6 km). Limited taxi service is available. Cars and motorbikes can be rented from an office in Kapsali. For the convenience of our guests, complimentary shuttle service will operate between the harbour and the entrance to Kythira Town. Shopping There are several souvenir shops along Kapsali harbour; more shops can be found in Kythira Town. Traditional Greek souvenirs and beautiful local arts and crafts may be of interest. With a cruise ship in port, most shops stay open throughout the day. The local currency is the euro. Cuisine There are a few small tavernas and coffee shops facing the harbour; additional restaurants and outdoor cafés can be found in Kythira Town. Other Sites Venetian Castle This imposing castle is located at the far end of town. Though most of the buildings inside the walls are in ruins, it still is a spectacular site and the island's main attraction. Don't miss the Byzantine church with its beautiful frescoes and icons. Archaeological Museum The small museum is uptown near the shuttle stop. Displays include remarkable finds from the Minoan, Mycenaean and Roman periods. There is a minimal entrance fee; sometimes the curator has to be found to unlock the museum. In addition to these attractions, the town itself is fun to explore and to discover the many hidden nooks and crannies. Photography buffs will enjoy the many photo opportunities. Private arrangements are not available in this port.

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