exceptionally picturesque island lies close to
the south-east coast of Attica. The mountain masses,
which are encountered in most of the Cyclades,
are broken up by small valleys sparsely planted
with vines and fruit-trees and run right down
to the sea, opening out into pretty little bays.
On the western side of the island is Agios Nikolaos
bay, and deep within it the port of Korissia,
which is considered to be one of teh safest natural
harbours in the Mediterranean. Ferry-boats call
at Korissia - also known as Livadi - which stands
on the site of the city of Korissia, which in
ancient times, with Ioulis, Karthea and Poiessa,
was one of the island's four independent city-states.
island's capital, Hora or Ioulida (6km. from Korissia),
has maintained its Cycladic idiom intact, Built
in the shape of an amphitheatre, it presents the
visitor with an impressive vista of two-storey
houses and tiled roofs, steep cobbled alleyways
and splendid churches with elaborately carved
woodeden icon screens. At the highest pont of
the village, on the site of the ancient acropolis,
is a quarter known as Kastro wich commands a breathtaking
view of the nearby islands off the coast of Attica.
Not far from here is the famous 'Lion of Kea'
(6th century BC), hewn out of the slate.
Archaeological Museum in Hora contains interesting
finds dating from the Cycladic period.
interior of the island is dotted with miniature
chapesl, windmills and monasteries, including
that of Our Lady Kastriani, Kea's patron saint.
accessible from Athens, Kea offers those who are
seeking a restful holiday clean, uncrowded beaches
at Pisses, Korissia, Koundouros, Otzia bay and
Poles bay; here they can enjoy delicious fresh
fish at picturesque little tavernas.
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