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The cuisine of Kythnos varies slightly from other islands as its rich grazing fields are ideal for raising cows, sheep and goats. Visitors can expect many local dishes to include meat, often cooked with lemon or fresh tomatoes. However, its proximity to the sea does also ensure lots of fresh seafood – squid, mullet, anchovies and swordfish are very popular. Make sure to try some of the island's rich dairy products, including feta cheese and Kopanisti.
The beautiful whitewashed houses, rugged terrain and small towns of Kythnos are an idyllic picture of Greece. The small towns on the island are best explored by foot and have a slow, peaceful pace of life. There are several monasteries and ancient ruins that offer an insight into Kythnos’ past, including the Monastery of Panagia Kanala, the Monastery of Panagia of Nikous and the castle of Oria. The folklore museum on the island is also well worth a visit.
There are a huge variety of bays and beaches to visit on Kythnos. Kolona beach connects the main island to a beautiful islet of Agios Loukas and Episkopi beach is a well-protected sandy spot in a small cove. Gaidouri Mantra beach is very secluded and best reached by yacht or tender, so is a perfect option for a more tranquil day by the water.
Driopida is a traditional village on the island that will transport visitors back in time. The residents have fought to keep its authenticity and rejected any modern tourism developments, which means it has authentic Cycladic architecture and narrow, winding streets. Nearby, you will find the Cave of Katafiki – one of the largest of its kind in Greece. First discovered in the early 19th century, the cave has amazing rock formations and stalagmites.