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

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

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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

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

Photo: Manos Chatzikonstantis

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