Visiting Places near Camping
a) The cavernous church of Agios Ioannis (St. John)
Located north and near of the campsite (distant about 300 m). There is a cavernous old monastery built into the cliff dedicated to St. John the Theologist, the camping was named after Him. The small monastery is called “Agios Ioannis in the Egremno” (St. John in the Cliff), and you can reach it by climbing over 130 stairs. Despite the tiring climbing the reward of the visit is rich, not only because the sanctuary is of particular importance, but also because of the unique view to the Cretan Sea. The church was built in 1592 and then renovated many times, the most prominent renovation was that in 1725.
According to local tradition, St. John the Theologist on his way from Rome to Patmos was forced to disembark for some time to Kythera due to the bad weather conditions, spending his time in this quiet and distant cave and wrote the Apocalypse, before continuing his journey to Patmos.
The visiting days and hours of the cavernous church are announced on the camping and other landmarks, at the beginning of each summer.
b ) The Castle in Chora
The Venetian Castle in Chora still survives in good condition and dominates Kapsali, overlooking the sea area among Kythera - Antikythera - Crete. According to the architectural elements of the first tower of the castle, it seems that this place was first used during the 13th century AC. and probably remained so until 1502. Then, the present castle was built, for fear of pirates that dominated the Aegean sea during the 15th and 16th century carrying out frequent and destructive attacks.
Apart from the imposing consecutive surrounding walls with towers and bastions, in the castle were built inside water tanks, warehouses of ammunitions, goods, houses, Government House, and other administrative buildings. Churches were also built, like that of Virgin Mary the Orphan, Virgin Mary the Pantocrator and the Virgin Mary the Myrtidiotissa, all of them survive until today. Nowadays, the castle also houses the rich Historical Archive of Kythera (I.A.K) that has documents from the 1584 and later. The I.A.K. operates Mondays to Fridays mornings.
The church of Virgin Mary of Myrtidiotissa is open certain times of the day and those interested can find out the operating hours by asking I.A.K. Besides that in the castle there are several Venetian artilleries.
Finally, in the east of the Castle on the hillside Messa Vourgo are remains of many post Byzantine monuments -mostly churches- worthwhile visiting them. They are open on specific days and times. Visitors of the castle will also be generously rewarded for the climbing, since they will be able to enjoy the unique view of Kapsali, of Agios Ioannis (St. John) in the Egkremno, of Sparangareio, of Chytra and of other parts of Southern Kythera.
Chora, the capital town of the island is a quiet and beautiful traditional village which remains unchanged for several centuries. The narrow streets, the small white houses with flat plain roofs, the arcade passages over the narrow streets and the church of the Crucified Christ impress the visitor and transfer him in the past.
It is worth visiting the Church of the Crucified with the very important wooden iconostasis and place in Belvedere which means "beautiful view", there everybody enjoys one of the most beautiful views of all Greek islands. Moreover, Kapsali with its castle compose a real painting of unsurpassed beauty.
In Chora, next to the main square are the Town Hall, the National Bank branch, the Piraeus Bank branch, the Post Office and the local Tax Office (former DOY). Also on the main street there are small souvenir shops, cafes, bars and grills.
In the evenings is worthy to enjoy your coffee or ice cream in the pedestrian square viewing the impressive and luminous castle, since vehicles are not allowed from 18.00 hours-01.00 hour.
d) Beach Feloti
Small beach accessible via a good rural road, located west of the Chora, quiet and suitable for small groups and families. There are no houses or shops in the area. This beach preserves its natural beauty.
e) Beach Kapsali
A double beach (Front and Behind Gialos) is one of the most cosmopolitan and the most picturesque place of Kythira. It offers everything showers, cubicles, beach umbrellas and sunbeds, watersports, cafes, bars, etc.
Kalamos is a small developing village with modern houses, rooms to let, a small traditional coffeehouse, the restaurant of “Mr. Stavros and a mini market.
From Kalamos begin the roads to the famous beach Chalkos with its turquoise and crystal clear waters (the two thirds of this road is asphalted while the third is an easily-driven flat gravel), to the cave of Agia Sophia Kalamos and to the beach Vrouleas with easily driven dirt roads.
Certainly the visitor of the camping will not be only confined with the surrounding attractions and obviously will visit other places of the island listed on our website.