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Kea an easily accessible beauty

Cyclades sailing holidays The island of Kea or Tzia belongs to the Cyclades and it is the nearest to Athens from that group of islands. It is a mostly barren island with about 2,000 inhabitants who raise mostly livestock. Its tallest peak is Mt. Profitis Ilias 561 m (1840 ft.). The steep sides of the island are characterized by large stone fences to keep the animals within individual boundaries. In the last few years there have been a sizable number of Athenians who have bought properties and built fancy villas in the areas of Otzia in the north, Melisaki in the west and Koundouros in the southwest. Most of these villas are attractive stone built and blend in with the prevailing environment. During weekends there are large numbers of motor cruisers in Vourkari - Korissa (main port) and in the Koundouros cove. The picturesque main town of Kea is Ioulis or Chora, is about 6km way-up inland. The total population today is about 2,000 people. Despite the island;s proximity to Athens, its beaches are surprising clean. Kea West is an informative web forum with local news on Kea. is the Municipality of Kea web site with Greek, English, German and Italian language selections.More informatio :