Kea , also known as Gia or Tzia is a Greek island in the Cyclades archipelago in the Aegean Sea.
It is the island of the Cyclades complex that is closest to Attica, about 1 hour by ferry from the port of Lavrio.
The stunningly beautiful landscape, the amazing beaches,the emerald waters of the sea and the tranquil ambience make Kea island a idealy venue for memorable vacations.
Kea used to be known as the Water Island or else Hydroussa in the elder days due to the many springs and natural fountains that were found all over the island.
Kea is a hiker's paradise.It has one of the best system of walking paths and trails of any Greek island.
Over 36 kilometers of paved trails are part of an ancient network connecting the four city-states of Ioulis, Karthaia, Koressia, Poieessa. and take you through a variety of landcapes to remote coves and the ruins of ancient cities.
Karthaia with the amazing beach,The most important of the 4 city states of Kea in ancient times.
When you get there, it seems that you can actually revive the past. The picturesque port of Korissia is among the main tourist attractions of the island with its white washed houses and the colorful roofs.
Korissia boasts a picturesque harbour with caiques and fishing boats, many accommodation options, restaurants, cafes, mini-markets and shops.
The four ancient city-states of the island was Ioulis, Karthaia, Koressia, Poieessa which flourished from the 6th to the 4th century B.C.
Situated in the centre of the island, at the site of the ancient city-state by the same name, the main village, Ioulis (Ioulida.
And of course the Leon of Kea in Ioulida.This is an archaic statue curved out of stone resembling the lion that chased off the water nymphs according to the Mythology.
With a great number of religious or non-religious celebrations, especially during summer, visitors will sure find their days full with events!
Don't miss the Fairytale Festival in July with renowned Greek and foreign narrators reading their tales to the public.