The News in Kythera


  • Tours in the archaeological site at Antikythera  |   From the 6th until the 21st of August 2016, on the island of Antikythera will be present the team who carries out the excavation at the archaeological site of “Kastro”. A whole fortified city of 150 acres dated from the 4th century until the 1st century BC is preserved there. The fortification walls can be seen in all their length and in many places they are 9m high. The island was part of the piracy activity network the Cretan cities had developed during the Hellenistic period. The city was destroyed during the Roman-Cretan war, covered by the Romans as a campaign “against piracy” in 69-67 BC. At the beginning of this war a ship, carrying the worldwide known “Antikythera Mechanism” and many important sculptures sank off the coast of the island. This shipwreck, found in 1900, is today’s world renowned “Antikythera shipwreck”.
  • Guardian: Is Kythira the perfect Greek island?  |   Andrew Bostock has spent much of his life living in and writing guidebooks on Greece but in Kythira – with its gorges, waterfalls and perfect beaches – he’s finally found the idyll he has always dreamed of.
  • Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to Visit Kythera and Antikythera  |   On Sunday, October 5, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will visit the area of the famous Antikythera shipwreck. The trip comes as a group of Greek, American and Swiss researchers map the the ancient shipwreck’s immediate environs. The international team, which has already started geophysical searches using metal detectors, aims to complete its survey by October 15.
  • In Search of Kythera and Antikythera  |   "In search of Kythera and Antikythera", is the quintessential travel guide to one of Greece’s remaining uncharted islands. Acclaimed travel writer and photographer Tzeli Hadjidimitriou’s, "In search of Kythera and Antikythera" meticulously examines this time-forsaken land. It is THE comprehensive companion for both first-time traveller as well as the seasoned visitor.
  • Return to Antikythera  |   Cue all-round excitement when in October 2012 our team of divers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Hellenic Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities went back for a proper look. The divers used James Bond-style closed circuit rebreathers and diver propulsion vehicles equipped, with high-resolution video cameras. In eight operational days, we circumnavigated the island at about 40 metres depth. At the wreck site, we found artifacts scattered over a wide area of the steep, rocky sea floor. These include intact pottery, the ship’s lead anchor and some puzzling bronze objects. The team believes that hundreds more items could be buried in the sediment nearby.
  • Fly over Kythera  |   Everybody wants to fly over the lands. Everybody wants to have his own wings! Manolis Panaretos thinks in an alternative way. He is flying his small helicam over the beaches, the castles, the sea e.t.c. He offers to the internet society a very nice video! Enjoy it, responsibly!
  • The Financial Times about Kythera and Claire Lloyd  |   The Financial Times write about Kythera on July the 25th 2014. The writer Carl Wilkinson posted an article presenting small islands of Europe like Dragonera(Spain), Kornati(Croatia), Bozcaada(Turkey, greek:Τένεδος) Kythera(Greece). The article is based on the authors of books related to the islands like Claire Lloyd. Claire Lloyd is the author of ‘My Greek Island Home’, and runs a guesthouse on Lesbos (mygreekislandhomeguesthouse.com).
  • Archaeological Excavations at Antikythera  |   From the 3th until the 23rd of August 2014, the 26th Department of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities carries out an excavation at the archaeological site of “Kastro” on the island of Antikythera. A whole fortified city of 150 acres is preserved that is dated from the 4th century until the 1st century BC. The fortification walls are preserved in all their length and in many places they are 9m high. The island, based on epigraphic sources and archaeological evidence, participated in the piratical activity the Cretan cities had developed during the Hellenistic period. The city was destroyed during the Roman campaign “against piracy” in 69-67 BC.
  • Kythera Summer Edition has released!  |   The Independent cultural newspaper "Kythera Summer Edition" has released on the island! You will take it free in many hotels and shops. Read it here in e-version.
  • No chemicals in the Mediterranean  |   The Citizens of Kythera have declared their total opposition to the planned 'neutralization' of Syria's chemical weapons in international waters of the Mediterranean, off the coast of Kythera/Antikythera. While the mainstream media stays shamefully silent, the Initiative Committee of Kythera and Antikythera against the Neutralization of Syria's Chemical Weapons in the Mediterranean Sea, together with other co-ordinating committees throughout Greece, is constantly updating and sharing information from specialists with citizens via online and regional media.
  • The news from California  |   Our 2014 Panigyri of the Myrtidiotissa will be held on Oct. 5, 2014 at Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church in Castro Valley. More info will follow, however attached you will find the Panigyri Invitation as well as the reservation form.
  • The First Mariners from Kythera to Crete  |   With help from an enormous turnout of Kytherians and visitors of the island, our kalamia raft was taken off its supports and the 1.5 ton structure was turned over so that the deck is now reaching out towards the sky.
  • Antikythera Archaeological Park  |   In the island of Antikythera (ancient name Egilea), every summer we go excavating. The excavations there have revealed a large castletown which flourished between 4th century B.C. till the first half of 1st century B.C. The excavations have also revealed an ancient port and of course a cemetary, outside the castle walls.
  • Thanks to Kytherian Research Group  |   The Local Archive of Kythira gratefully acknowledges the diaspora operator : Kytherian Research Group ,for the donation of the following electronic equipment
  • One Year on Kythera is here  |   One Year on Kythera is a photographic documentary of the Greek island of Kythera, its inhabitants and its culture. With the help of a J. William Fulbright grant, I was able to spend over one calendar year living and photographing on this beautiful island.
  • The Roxy Greek Museum in Bingara  |   The Roxy Museum was conceived as a Greek-Australian museum. It should always be considered as such. However, George Poulos believes, that "to the degree that Kytherian’s dominated the 'shop-keeping phenomenon' in Australia, and by virtue of the Kytherian input into its inception and restoration, it could also be considered a Kytherian-Australian museum. By virtue of the grandeur of the building, the superiority of the displays, and the monetary value of the Roxy ‘complex’, it is undoubtedly the most significant 'Kytherian' Museum in the world.
  • We have the Greeks to thank for 16 Food Reasons  |   The Greeks have singlehandedly shaped our modern society, and they have also -- and just as importantly -- shaped a way of eating that no country can rival. Not only is their cuisine swimming in fruity olive oil, drowned in red wine and full of mezedes, but it's also a diet that nutritionists across the board tout as the way to eat healthy. While we all try to eat like this, and happily so, the Greeks do it best. It's just their way of living, which explains why they're so much better at life than the rest of us.
  • City of Beneath the Waves - Pavlopetri  |   A few nautical miles from the ancient town of Kythira, Castri, there is an ancient city under the water. It is one of the most ancient cities of Europe (and probably the oldest ). The archaeologist Dr. John Henderson, a professor of underwater archeology at the University of Nottingham in collaboration with scientists from around the world and with the support of the Underwater Antiquities Ephorate of Greece conducted a significant research in e few weeks. Enjoy the video about his project on the link below, which is produced by the BBC in collaboration with Drs. John Henderson.
  • Why not? Ryanair flies to Kythera  |   It is fact that the investment of Ryanair in the Southeast Europe, based on the airports of Athens and Thessaloniki, opens a new era for the domestic flights of Greece and not only. The advantages? Firstly, a more competitive day is coming in the Greek market with (the most expensive domestic tickets in Europe) and of course the airport amenities and conditions, when the neighbor Turkey seems to have an incredible overcrowding in the main airports. Also, anyone could imagine how many prospects get in front of the company to grow up the flights network in Southeast Europe.
  • BBC publiced an article about Kythera  |   A very interesting article about the beauties of Kythera publiced by the British Broadcasting Corporation - BBC on January the 4th 2014. The article presents the natural beauties of the island, the atrractions and promote the hiking paths, the watermills the landscapes. As the writer Katherine LaGrave posts, it is an island for the lovers of Nature. So read it responsibly by BBC!
  • An italian letter to the Prime Minister  |   Stefano Isola complaining about the intention of the Ministry of the Sea cut Piraeus - Kythira - Antikythera - Chania sent a letter (attached here after notification to Visit Kythera)
  • F/B Vicenzos Cornaros comes to stop permanently  |   Following the last news about the future of the Piraeus - Kythera - Antikythera - Crete connection we inform you that probably comes to a final end.
  • News from the Kytherian Society of California  |   Another year has passed and once again we celebrated a wonderful Panigyi. Many thanks to all who worked hard to put this together as well as all who attended. Everyone enjoyed fabulous food and an afternoon of filoxenia.
  • A house in Kythera for sale  |   Spectacular views of the Mediterranean and the Peloponnesus from this beautifully restored three bedroom home.
  • The Australian Island  |   Thanks to the thousands of Kytherians that came in the first wave of migration to Australia in the early 20th century, the little island has been catering to the many Greek Australians of Kytherian decent looking to learn more about their ancestry.
  • Easter Walk in Kythera  |   We are oganising an Easter Walk for Friday May 3d. The walk starts in the morning from Kapsali. We will walk until Chora from the path at the western side of the Castle. From Chora we will walk to Feloti bay, and from there, Spyros will take us on his Glass Bottom boat to bring us to Chytra and then back to Kapsali.
  • Historical Research in Kythera  |   Over the centuries, the island of Kythera, nestled between the southern peninsulas of the Greek Peloponnese, has been subjected to the fortunes of war; occupation; piracy; and, occasionally, the quiet solitude of poverty and isolation. Mass migration to Australia after the Second World War was only one in a series of fundamental changes for the island.
  • In search of Kythera with Tzeli  |   We welcome the new english edition of Tzeli Chatzidimitriou about Kythera. It's titled "In search of Kythera and Antikythera, venturing to the island of Aphrodite". Congratulations to the photographer and writer. Tzeli did again a very good book.
  • George Muciolari and Google  |   George Moutsolari, the young boy of the Kythera high school participated in the greek competition of Google titled "Doodle 4 - My Greece" that is often published by the search engine on its home page by replacing the "colorful" logo. H5TUEN3CY5DJ
  • Stamatina Chlentzos passed away  |   Former Resident of Castro Valley. Stamatina (Tula) Chlentzos passed away in Pleasanton January 15, 2013. Tula recently celebrated her 106th Birthday with her family. Stamatina Mavromatis Chlentzos was born in Christorforianika, Kythera, Greece on November 1, 1906. Her parents were Antonis Mavromatis and Giannoula Koulentianos. Her grandfather was the priest Fr. Dionisios Haralambos Koulentianos.
  • Drakakis tours travels to Central Greece  |   Drakakis Tours announces a group holiday - 8 days to Crete and Santorini from 4 to 11 July 2013 for €535 per person (indicative price).
  • Drakakis tours travels to Crete - Santorini  |   Drakakis Tours announces a group holiday - 8 days to Crete and Santorini from 17 to 22 of July 2013 for €590 per person (indicative price).
  • Tours in the archaeological excavations at Antikythera  |   From the 5th until the 18th of August 2012, the 26th Department of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities carries out an excavation at the archaeological site of “Kastro” on the island of Antikythera. A whole fortified city of 300 acres is preserved that is dated from the 4th century until the 1st century BC. The fortification walls are preserved in all their length and in many places they are 9m high. The island, based on epigraphic sources and archaeological evidence, participated in the piratical activity the Cretan cities had developed during the Hellenistic period. The city was destroyed during the Roman campaign “against piracy” in 69-67 BC.
  • The Antikythera Shipwreck Exhibition  |   All antiquities recovered in 1900-1901 and 1976 from the legendary shipwreck off the islet of Antikythera, south of the Peloponnese, will be presented for the first time in a temporary exhibition from April 2012 and for a year at the National Archaeological Museum.
  • Public Bus Schedule Kythira - Athens  |   Drakakis Tours announces the bus schedules for March and April 2012
  • Travel Photography Workshops in Kythera  |   Although we are in the middle of winter and even in Athens the cold is freezing our mind and body, our heart is already flying in the sunny sky of spring. Our team is working on preparing the new photography workshops in Lesvos, Kythera and Santorini and that definitely brings a warm wind around us.
  • Theo Aggelopoulos died after Motorcycle Accident  |   Internationally recognized Greek filmmaker and producer Theodoros Angelopoulos died on Tuesday night after he was seriously injured by a passing motorcycle in the area of Drapetsona, in Athens.
  • The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn in New York  |   In the Nippon Gallery at the Nippon Club, New York
  • Freedom Flotilla Ship forced to pull into Agia Pelagia  |   A James Bond like sea chase was played out on Thursday afternoon as a Freedom Flotilla ship was aggressively ‘escorted’ into the sleepy harbour of Kythera’s northern port of Agia Pelagia.
  • We Dig Kythira, 2011 Information Night  |   Learn about plans regarding excavations at three different archaeological sites in Kythera that will take place during July this year, searching for clues left behind from mysterious ancient civilisations. Looking for a special new adventure? How about connecting with Kythera / Greece on a really deep level? Wednesday, March 30th, 6.45pm for a 7.15pm start
  • Season 2011 tours by Drakakis  |   We travel from Kythera to Crete, Turkey, Prague, Vienna, Budapest.
  • Manuel Aroney an ethnic ambassador  |   Even a near-fatal heart attack when he was in his mid-40s didn't stop Manuel Aroney from living a full life of work and family, as well as giving years of service to the ethnic communities in Australia and his church.
  • John Fardoulis: “Crazy Passionate” about Archaeology  |   I’ve met a lot of new people over the last nine months, through helping organise archaeology excavations in various sites in Kythera and Antikythera during the Greek summer this year...
  • Article of Anna Cominos about the Elections  |   In response to the question where is the blog… Please find below the Kytherian post-election blog that Kythera Family-net pulled off their site. Please circulate. It was written in the hours directly after the election and the language is emotionally charged, but the sentiments mentioned are widely felt here. About censorship, we know are entering ideaologically and politically territory. What is the role of the Kytherian family?
  • Workshop painting and drawing on Kythira  |   The workshop that you will never forget! Experience through drawing and painting, one of the most beautiful islands of Greece, of which is said the goddess of love went ashore, alike the famous painting of Botticcelli!
  • From Kythera to Chile  |   Emigrants to Latin America. How they left to go so far, where and when... So many people from Kythera and Antikythera in the second part of 19th century went to Argentina and Chile.
  • Mail by Cristian Prineas  |   Congratulations for this wonderful initiative. I'm Chilean Greek descent and my grandfather and my grandmother came to Chile in 1904 from about Ktyhira.
  • Hairedin Barbarossa, an admiral of the Ottoman empire  |   In 1537 Hairedin Barbarossa, an admiral of the Ottoman empire and buccaneer of the shores of Barbaria, ravages and destroys Paleohora, killing civilians while many prisoners are sold as slaves. Paleohora is completely abandoned.
  • Hellenes & Philhellenes  |   Celebrating Maria Hills superb book on the Greek campaign in WWII.
  • The Great Walls of Kythera  |   You can't have visited Kythera without having noticed the incredible stone walls in fields, along mountain ridges, in the old houses now in ruins...
  • The Kythera Power Tower Dump Saga Continues  |   2010 will probably be the year when the government and authorities in Athens decide upon whether Kythera will become a giant industrial wind-power station or not...
  • How immigrants made a cafe society  |   A newly reprinted book reveals the story of early Greek migrants in Australia, writes Anna Patty.
  • "1916" in the BIBLIOTHECA ALEXANDRINA  |   In keeping with its policy of collecting unique publications from around the world, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) now counts, I ZOI EN AUSTRALIA (Life in Australia), amongst its collection
  • Lecture by Professor Hannah at the Nicholson Museum  |   The Nicholson Museum at The University of Sydney was packed to the rafters Thursday evening for a fascinating presentation on one of the great mysteries of ancient Hellenism: the Antikythera Mechanism. Professor Robert Hannah (Classics, University of Otago, New Zealand) delivered a great illustrated lecture on one of the world’s earliest computing devices. Prof. Hannah combined history, science and personal experience in a fascinating evening.
  • Kythera and the Ionian Islands 1809 to 1864  |  
  • The New Tourist Guide of Kythera  |   It is true! The new website for Kythera has just landed!
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  • "Un mondo fa un mondo, e il Cerigo un altro mondo". All the world is a world and Kythera is another world. venetian proverb