Kea is the closest Cycladic Island to Athens.
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.
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.
Kea covers a total area of 132 k.sm.
With a coast line, longer than Belgium’s
It boasts one of the largest natural harbors of the Mediterranean
And more than 45 sandy beaches for all tastes
The top hiking destination of the Cyclades with more than 62 km of trails
With a Royal Oak forest counting 200,000 Oak trees
Where the temples of Athena & Apollo in classical Karthaia
And a renovated ancient theater can be found
As well as the shipwreck of the Britannic, the sister ship of Titanic