Tucked away on the Peloponnesian mainland is an Ionic island that is a favourite holiday destination for the Greek and represents a step back in time. Here, you won’t find any of the glitzy beach pavilions and places that went up out of nowhere and look so great on Instagram. But instead stunning coves; abandoned monasteries; endless hiking trails, places where you will be stared at for ordering a freddo cappuccino because the Greek drink frappés instead, great taverns…. This is Greece as it was 25 years ago and it is a great island to spend a holiday (and it combines nicely a visit to the Peleponnese, the peninsula southeast of Athens)!
Albert and Anita fell in love with this authentic island twelve years ago – when they were looking for a sunny place to build their new home. Located centrally on the island, they built a beautiful house in the traditional Greek style, including two apartments that can accommodate up to four guests on the ground floor and 2 studios for two on the first floor. All have their own kitchen/kitchenette and a fantastic terrace with a first-class view of the sunset. They called their guesthouse “Light and Space”, which is exactly what it is….lots of light and space!
BEAT THE CROWDS!
For me, it is the perfect place to spend my summer holiday… for it is during the high season that I struggle most to find places that are not completely swamped with tourists and where one can still enjoy a holiday among the Greek. But it is also very suitable off season to extend your summer and oozing your vitamin sea!
All the apartments are fully equipped with everything you may need: a kitchen for preparing breakfast, a quick lunch or dinner. Good beds and lovely organic toiletries are provided in the perfect rain shower, Albert and Anita have a great eye for detail and make sure their guests enjoy a perfect holiday. They tidy the rooms and make up the beds daily and they can also prepare breakfast (at a charge). A large supermarket is close by, as is a small tavern where they serve coffee, cake or a sandwich as well as various drinks and bites. But the masterpieces of the apartments are the large terraces … where you can spent a lot of time eating, drinking, lying in the hammock, doing yoga exercises, playing games and enjoying the magical sunset.
A rental car is an absolute must around here to discover the island….the most beautiful beaches with crystal clear water, the hip capital of Choro with its lovely shops and coffee bars, old monasteries, picturesque villages and the best taverns (and there are loads, let me tell you, for instance Familia and Filio, two of my favourites). Kythira is also perfect for taking long walks – there is a big network of good hiking trails and the nature is stunning.
This Hideaway is such a find, as is the island Kythira: it reflects the essence of Local Hideaways and it is wonderful to find that even in the peak season there are places in Greece that are still relatively unspoiled and authentic. Let’s hope this will remain the case for a long time… Don’t spread the word!!!