Kea is the closest Cycladic Island to Athens. Despite its proximity to Greece’s biggest urban center it has retained its traditional qualities and is only in recent years that modern development has reached its shores. Over the past 10 years Kea has managed to embrace the right kind of tourism: an eco-friendly destination with a multitude of walking paths and trails and numerous beaches that rival in beauty any of the more established destinations of the Cyclades.
The ferry connection to Kea departs from the port of Lavrio, a coastal town located in Southeast Attica, close to Cape Sounion. Lavrio is approximately a 15-20 minute drive from the Athens International airport (Eleftherios Venizelos) and a 45 minute drive from downtown Athens. Thanks to the new Attiki road the drive to the port goes fast whereas traffic jams are a very rare phenomenon even during the peak summer months. The ferry trip to Kea’s port, Korissia, lasts approximately one hour.