Discovering Kythnos

The Port of Kythnos

One of the oldest inhabited Cycladic islands, Kythnos is home to the tiny port of Merichas. Though year-round residents are few, this town can get quite busy for its size during the summer months as the port attracts a number of boaters heading to the rest of the Cyclades.

So what’s there to do in Merichas? Dine steps away from the shore with a calming sunset view as your backdrop. The seating arrangements of a number of restaurants this port features are right on the sand. Local cuisine here includes sausages, the “sfougato” cheese balls, and the “kopanisti” spicy soft cheese. Additionally, a number of local fishermen supply the restaurants with fresh catches.

The Port of Kythnos includes car rental, a variety of fish and dining options, a mart, and a neighborhood of island homes. The architecture here is that of the typical Cycladic design with whitewashed walls and colorful doors and shutters.

To the left of the port where the ferryboats dock, you can follow an uphill stone-paved path for a nice view of the water below. If you’re visiting by boat, electricity is available at the dock, which even has a fresh drinking water dispensing machine on site. You will find an information station next to the restaurant Molos at the point where ferry and passenger boats dock. Though this area is reserved for such vessels, if you’re coming in with a boat afterhours, you may be allowed to dock in this section at night.

If you’re looking for an elevated view, a few drinks, and a little music in this quiet place, at the top of the hill by the port you’ll find a bar that keeps the party going well into the night. And though it’s no Mykonos here in terms of tourism and shopping options, the port of Kythnos is pretty cozy and the waters around the island are worth a visit if you’re in the area.

There’s more to the island that can be accessed by car from the port. The surrounding villages of Kythnos exude tradition, and the numerous beaches, many of which are only accessible by water, will surely please. The island is also home to a very large cave called Katafiki in the Dryopida area.