The beautiful and little known island of Kea or Tzia in the Aegean Sea forms part of the Cyclades complex and is a summer hideaway for holidaying Athenians, as it is only approximately an hours ferry ride away from the port of Lavrio.
The island’s quiet beaches, rich sea life and warm sea temperatures make it a popular spot to scuba dive and snorkel, as its waters are home to several shipwrecks, including the sunken remains of the Britannic, the Titanic’s sister ship. Some of the best walking trails can also be found on the island, making it a hiker’s dream.
The island’s ancient capital Loulida or loulis is a mix of narrow alleyways and streets which open out to several village squares and have a great selection of restaurants, cooking delicious local cuisine, cafes, bars and shops.
Kea’s Archaeological Museum exhibits locally excavated artefacts and tourists visiting the island should visit the ancient stone carving of the Lion of Kea.