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A Cycladic escape that’s closer than you think. Follow our insider guide for the lowdown on where to kick back on Kea.

By Maria Kostaki

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Kalydonyhi beach is one of the many swimming spots in Kea accessible only by boat.

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

Hike along Kea's paths and discover a secluded paradise.

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Friday: Take it easy, take it in

A beach bar and blue-green waters are a bonus at this easy to reach beach.

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Otzias is great for family days at the beach.

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Vourkari's seaside tables are the perfect spots for sunset watching.

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Ioulida, the island's main town, is full of picturesque winding lanes and wide stairs.

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Saturday: Village People

The ancient lion lies just a short walk out of Ioulida. Just follow the signs.

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Grab a bite at Ioulida's central square.

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Xyla beach is worth every bump in the dirt road that you take to get there.

Soon tables will be set, dim lighting lit, and magical dinners served.

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Sunday: Ruins on a Beach

Start the day the Greek way. Choose from the many versions of tyropita (cheese pie) at Korissia bakery opposite the ferry dock. For some take-home tastes of Kea, stock up on amygdalota (flourless cookies made with local almonds), a jar of thyme honey, or some acorn cookies from Red Tractor Farm nearby. 

Walk down to the ruins of Karthea, it's worth the sweat.

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Your last meal should be a treat. Aristos, one of the many excellent seafood restaurants in Vourkari, takes special pride in its lobster spaghetti, but his fish soup is a showstopper, too. Plus there’s the fun of watching the suave yachting crowd drop anchor and jump off board to join you at this popular eatery. For the sweet of tooth, posh ice cream joint, Kayak, is nearby. The frozen Greek yoghurt is divine.

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