The Greek island of Kea – or Tzia

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I always felt that in order to feel like your on a ‘proper’ Greek island, one should travel about five hrs by ferry to Paros or Naxos, for example – or even further afield to Skopelos or Alonissos.

I shouldn’t be so quick to judge, as my experiences in Poros and Aegina have taught me.  Both are islands very near Athens, and easily accessible (all islands are, actually – it just depends how long you want to spend travelling to them, if you don’t fly direct).

This time I chose Kea, or Tzia in Greek.

It’s an island only roughly one hour away by ferry, but you have to leave from the port of Lavrio.  Lavrio is approximately a 2 hr bus ride from Athens, mainly because it doesn’t go direct, but via a few different outlaying towns and villages.
Lavrio itself is nothing to write home about – and a piece of advice: if you get a bus that gets you there at least 1.5 hrs before the ferry, don’t get off at the port.  Instead, get off in the town centre, go and eat in a taverna overlooking the harbour and then give yourself about 15 mins to walk to the port (or get a taxi if it’s too hot) and buy your ferry ticket.  The ferry offices won’t be open if you’re there too early and the port is a bit of a dump quite frankly.

But all these grumpy feelings of mine (hot, bothered, cr*ppy port) evaporated as soon as I set foot on the ferry and pulled off.  It’s only eleven Euros one way – a good price eh?!  And the bus ticket is 4.90 Euros.
There’s something about being at sea that blows the cobwebs away (literally) and leaves one feeling excited about what lays ahead!

Arriving into the port
Arriving into the port of Kea

Pulling into the harbour of Kea, I made the short walk of about 10 minutes to my accommodation: Koralli Studios.

And what a lovely location (opposite the beach) and gorgeously done up rooms!  They were a fair size, very clean and not worn looking.  The hosts cleaned my room daily and with solar heating, there was an abundance of hot water.  Prices for one room as 45 Euros, lowered to try to attract more visitors.  It’s a shame there weren’t many people staying (not from my point of view, from the owner’s point of view – the lovely Dimitra) as I like to see local businesses thriving, especially in these times.

A great hire care for 30 Euros a day was perfect for a Citroen C5.

I took myself off to beaches, monasteries and the Hora (the old capital in the centre of the island – up in the mountains).

So here, in pictures, I present Kea.  Enjoy.

Beautiful coastline
Beautiful coastline of Kea


White church against the blue skies
White church against the blue skies in Kea


Fishermen going about their day
Fishermen going about their day in Kea
Monastery grounds
Monastery grounds on Kea
Local cat
Local Kea cat!


Local Hora - village
Kea Hora – village


And it wouldn't be complete without a sunset
And it wouldn’t be complete without a Kea sunset


  1. Lovely photos! My son got married on one of those Greek Islands, complete with goats’ bells tinkling in the background, church bell, dinner later down the hill at the taverna with Ouzo toasts all around. All overlooking the Adriatic sea. The Greek islands have to compete with Paris as some of the most romantic places in the world.

  2. Kea was the first Greek island I visited. In those days — this was thirty years ago — the island had a reputation for being unfriendly, though possibly only to Greeks from the mainland. My room was less than US$10/day. I misunderstood my host about when the hot water was on, and went several days before I discovered that it was always off unless you asked.

    As I recall, if you take the road up the hill immediately to the west of the port and then turn south to go along the west side of the island, there is a road cut where old pottery comes out of the side of the hill. The cut was fresh when I was there, but as I say, that was some time ago.

    I liked Kea.

  3. It’s great to see this post has conjured up good memories for people, and the photos have titilated the senses.
    Yes, the Greek islands have such a sense of clarity and light to them, I swear my eyesight’s improving.
    Glad you liked this post.

  4. Your picture of the monastery cat reminds me that when I was there the monastery cat was named “Douli”, but that was many cat-years and cat-lives ago.

  5. As you know, I’m a cat lover and I’m so glad I caught this little one all curled up, with his/her little front paws all tucked up. I love it when cats do that – they look so cute!

    • I’m glad you think so. Kea is really one of my favourite islands so if I can help ‘plug’ it, I will. It’s also the island where the film crew “The Journey” will be coming back to to film in April 14. Do check out my various posts about “The Journey” on my site.


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