was on the small island of Kithnos, famous in
antiquity for the excellence of its administration
(according to Aristotle in his 'Constitution of
Kithnos') that recent archaelogical finds have
provided evidence of the earliest presence of
man in the Cyclades.
too, the terrain is mainly mountainous, but the
harshness of the bare earth is relieved here and
there by vines or fig-trees like brushtrokes on
it, while pretty little bays form indentations
in its coastline. Ferries put in at Merihas, the
port on the western side of the island. Hora or
Messaria, the island's capital is 8km. from Merihas
and stands on a hillside plateau. A typical Cycladic
village, it is noted for its beautiful churches
with their fine wood-carving, sanctuary screens
and icons (St Savans, church of the Saviour, Holy
Trinity, Theologos). At the monastery of Our Lady
'tou Nikous', which stands on an attractive hill,
the feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary
on 15 August is observed with the traditional
little way to the south is the island's former
capital, which retains its ancient name of Driopida
- a picturesque village, very typical of the islands.
In the norht-eastern part of the island lies Loutra,
renowned for its radioactive thermal springs,
which are cnosidered beneficial to sufferers from
arthritis, dermatitis and gynaecological problems.
the south-east, the monastery of Our Lady Kanala,
the patron saint of the island, stands on a very
atractive promontory facing towards Serifos, with
a beautiful expanse of sandy beach. The building
is of great interest and the scenery is reminiscent
of a fjord - in Greek colours.
good beaches for swimming can be found at Merihas,
Episkopi, Flambouria bay (accessible on by boat),
Loutra and Agios stefanos.
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