This tiny island located near Athens in the Cyclades was the birthplace of Simonides and Prodicus, a poet and philosopher who gained great notoriety in Ancient Greece. The island itself is sleepy, quiet and famed for its natural beauty. The capital city Ioulis is the primary hub of accommodation for the island and the centre of the tourist trade due to it being the location of the famous castle and Kea’s Lion, a simple statue carved into the seafront rocks. The rough, mountainous island is a favourite weekend destination with Athenians due to its quiet nature, wonderful beaches and close proximity (4 hours by boat) to the capital. It is an island valued for its rich history and ancient buildings such as Agia Marina, a monastery from the 16th Century which collapsed due to an earthquake in 1958 but has gradually been partially rebuilt.
The accommodation on the island is primarily based in Ioulis but in bays to the further south of the island there are lots of summer houses which are available for rent in places such as Koundouros, Korissa and Vourkari with each offering a different ambience for the visitor.
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