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The majority of tourists usually focused on visiting and getting to know the most famous points of a place of great historical and cultural importance or natural beauty. Thus the majority avoids visiting places with some specificity for which only a few show interest. But today, more and more are seeking unique experiences, the least known, landscapes forgotten or hidden from view. On Kythera exist many of such landscapes, which really deserve attention and study. As such designated caves, bridges, wells, kilns,
old farm buildings
in rural systems irrigation, watermills, windmills, nature trails, paved et al.
Starting the tour from our surviving old bridges, except what is in Katouni and which referred elsewhere (under "Monuments"), we refer to the bridge on the road from Kalokairines to Panagia Myrtidion, the
bridge Lebidia in Karavas
, the bridge in the ravine of Sparangariou, just before the visitor reaches the Kapsali and this in Potamos at a close distance to the Elderly House. The latter has recently renovated and is in very good condition.
The rest caves of Kythera, with the exception of that of St. Sophia Mylopotamou, are remarkable and located in various parts of the island. The most important, which is accessible, is:
Agia (St.) Sofia Cave Kalamos
, near the village. It has an area of approximately 200 m
and brings stalactites and stalagmites. Inside that cave there is a small chapel, without roof, dedicated to the Holy Wisdom (Agia Sophia). In this cave found utensils of New Neolithic era proving the existence of human presence on the island for more than 6,000 years. The tour of the cave is difficult because there is insufficient light and almost the entire path is wet and slippery, with the risk for someone absentminded to get hurt.
Cave of Agia Sophia
near Agia Pelagia. Access is easy with a path of about 60m from the main street, Potamos-Agia Pelagia. It has an area of 340 m
and brings many stalactites and stalagmites. Earlier days was a small shrine dedicated to St. Sophia.
Cave of Panagia Orphan
(Holy Virgin). Small cave with chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Far approximately 3 km from Mylopotamo and access is easy.
Cave of Agios Ioannis
(St John) the Egkremno, near Kapsali. Small cave with a chapel. (See "Camping")
Cave of Agia Pelagia Feloti
. Small cave in which the visitor descends with stairs. Inside the cave there is a small chapel. Located close to the sea and its access is via a dirt road and a small path of a few meters towards Feloti and a few meters path that starts from the dirt road near the Feloti.
In many parts of the island the visitor meets
which have been abandoned since the early 60's. The visitor distinguishes a restored limekiln at the central intersection of Potamos-Choras Road with the road to the Araious-Mylopotamo. Also, in many villages, but also in the fields, have survived in good condition
which have water throughout the year. Such public wells exist in Potamo, in Perlegkianika and another at the square of Fratsia, the sacred pilgrimage Myrtidion, in Mitata Square and elsewhere.
The traveler can visit Springs and Fountains to refresh like that in Mitata, in Viaradika, in Karava (spring Keramaris, Magganon, Amirgiali, Portokalias), in Agia Pelagia (Galani) in Logothetianika (Sideronero Platanos, Gouria), in Agio Mamanta Petrounia (Sideronero) and at Ocheles.
Around the island are scattered small rural settlements with interesting architecture and morphology due to their simplicity. They have flat roof clay and within they typically have a rudimentary fireplace.
Agricultural irrigation systems
there are in many gullies, like in Mitata in Fratsia (Perati area), in Livadi, in Logothetianika (Platani) in Karava (Amirgialis, Portokalia) and elsewhere.
Of particular importance are the preserved
Watermills and Windmills
in moderate to poor condition, remains of the pre-industrial era. Windmills exist primarily in the area of Friligkianika, Mitata in the North and Livadi in the South. Restored windmills are in Livadi and Kalokairines area. In Kalokairines the mill is visitable, and has been fully restored along with the mechanism of grinding grain. Watermills survived in large numbers in the gully Mylopotamou, in Ocheles, in Stavli (near the Potamos), in Kalamos, in Viaradika, in Agia Pelagia and in other far distant ravines.
are everywhere on the island, some of them paved but not all of them, the highlight of which is underway and on several of them is already placed signaling. Some of them are in Paleochora started from the village Trifyllianika, St. George at the place Mountain leading to Avlemona, in Agrilies ended to Strapodi and others that progressively added to the developed list.
Certainly we can point the view that the entire Kytherian landscape is of particular interest. Of course, always gives satisfaction to the visitors-walkers, especially when their experience goes beyond the ordinary, reaching geographical observations, bird watching, plants, flowers, monuments and all kinds of architectural or archaeological monuments.
Besides that, Kythera island is characterized by high species diversity and ecosystems which may be noticed by the visitor, while pleased notice that both land and coastal as well as the marine ecosystems of the island are numerous and rich while the swimming water is of excellent quality.
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