Kythira (also transliterated as Kythera, Kithira and Cythera) is an island in Greece located opposite the south-eastern tip of Peloponnese peninsula. The island covers a total area of approx 300 km2 (115,8 ml2) and has a population of around 4,040 people (2011 census).
- Kythira Island is traditionally listed as one of the 7 major Ionian Islands, despite the fact it's distant from the main group of islands. Administratively, Kythira belongs to the Islands regional unit, that is part of Attica region.
- The island of Kythira is strategically situated between Crete and the Greek mainland, and from ancient times until the middle of the 19th century was a crossroads of sailors, conquerors and merchants. As such, the island has had a long history and has been influenced by different civilisations and cultures which is reflected in its architecture, customs and traditions, influenced by centuries of coexistence of the Venetian, Ottoman and Greek cultures.
- Since the late 20th century, Kythirean economy has largely focused on tourism, which provides the majority of the income, despite the fact that the island is not among the most popular tourist destinations in Greece. During the popular season (beginning with the holiday of Pentecost at the end of May; lasting until the middle of September) the island's population often triples due to the tourists and natives who return for vacation.
- The capital of Kythira Island, Chora, lies on the island's southern part having no ports linked with Vatika or southern Peloponnese. The port of Kythira for Vatika was previously located at Agia Pelagia, though in recent years the port has been decommissioned and replaced by a new one at the coastal city of Diakofti.
- The construction of a modern port on Kythira Island was postponed a number of times until the latter half of 20th century. That small Agia Pelagia port (renovated from a ferry to a tourist boat dock) was the main port of the island until the mid-1990s.
- Port Diakofti now serves scheduled routes to and from Antikythera, Gythion, Piraeus, Kalamata, Crete and Neapolis - Vatika. The harbour of Agia Patrikia (situated north of Agia Pelagia) is the major fishing boat harbour. It houses a boat repair facility and a couple of wide boatramps.
Kythira Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Kythira Island dock (anchor) at Diakofti - port town on the eastern coast.
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