Antikythira is a small island between Kythira and Kissamo of Crete. Although cut off from the rest Ionian Islands, it belongs to Ionian islands’ complex. But administratively belongs to the Nomarchy of Piraeus. The island’s extend is about 22sq.km. The island has many small settlements, but most residents gather in Potamos, the port and trade center of the island. During the last years, the municipality of Antikythira has done major work in infrastructures and has set bases for the island’s tourist utilization.
The island is connected to the port of Piraeus, Kythira, Gythio, Neapoli and Kasteli of Kissamos Crete. It has a modern heliport and good vehicular system. If you are fond of exploring virgin lands and untouched by time and people beauties, then Antikythira is one of the places you have to visit.
The island is inhabited since ancient times. Back then it was named Aigila or Aigilia and had an important civilization. In the bottom of Antikythira sea was found the famous “Adolescent of Antikythira” exhibited in the Archaeological museum of Athens.
During the last years, excavations are held by the KST’ Tax Office of Prehistoric and Classic Antiquities in Castro, where ancient Aigila was. In the region you will see the remains of this town flourished during the 4th BC.
The island has beautiful beaches. Distinguishes that of Xiropotamos. The island, apart from swimming, is ideal of ambulatory routes.
If your ways takes you to Antikythira, in August 17th is held the Festival of Saint Myronos, the protector saint of the island.
Antikythira hold a significant geographic place in Greece, in bird emigration. The Greek Ornithology Company, established in the island a station for observing the emigrating flow of birds from Africa to Europe and conversely.