The island of Serifos is a Greek island in the western Cyclades with an area of 75 km2. Serifos is one of the most distinctive of the Cycladic islands. Livadi is its port, while Chora or the town of Serifos is the capital which is built on a high point of the island which in earlier times offered the inhabitants the necessary protection from pirate raids.
Serifos during the 19th and 20th century was an area of intense mining activity and signs of this activity are still scattered around the island. Arcade mines, rusted machinery, offshore loading of ore all of which creates a unique backdrop that makes Serifos a beautiful outdoor museum of industrial archeology.
Among the particular characteristics of the island besides the picturesque town of Serifos with its white-washed houses are several churches and chapels that are scattered all over the island as well as the famous Castle-Monastery of the Archangels. Also, I should mention that on Serifos there are some of the nicest beaches in the Aegean.
The island of Kythnos is a Greek island with an area of 99 km2 and is the closest island of the Cyclades from the port of Piraeus. The main port of the island is called Merichas and there are two large villages inland on the island. The capital town of Mesaria or as on the Greek islands more commonly known as ‘Chora’ and the picturesque village of Dryopida with its characteristic roofs.
The former name of Kythnos was Thermia and this is due to the hot mineral springs that exist in the village of Loutra. One of the hot springs gushes very near the sea which flows onto the beach of Loutra and you can use it freely.
The coastline of Kythnos is 104 km and along this coastline there are dozens of small and large bays which form beautiful beaches most of which are easily accessible. Kythnos has many other sights too such as monasteries, churches, windmills and several archaeological sites.
The island of Kea or Tzia is the closest island of the Cyclades to Athens being just an hour by boat from the port of Lavrio. Its area is 131 km2 and it is a relatively large island that offers many opportunities for exploration. Among the major attractions of Kea are the beautiful capital town Ioulida, the famous Lion of Kea and the archaeological site of ancient Karthaia.
But what will really impress you on Kea is the excellent network of paths that have been recently sign posted and can guide you around the island so you can enjoy the beautiful natural environment of Kea.
The island has numerous wildlife reserves, particularly migratory birds and some birds of prey. But what makes Kea stand out is its flora which includes more than 3000 species of plants, among them some very rare species of orchid.