Often overlooked for its more famous neighbours, this island gem feels like one of Greece’s best-kept secrets. In Korissia, whitewashed houses with bright terracotta roofs tumble down the hillside to a bustling port. Stroll from your luxury boutique hotel right onto the beach, set in a beautiful natural harbour. Or venture out to explore Kea’s treasures – from hilltop temples to underwater kingdoms, teeming with fish. 

Kea’s charming port, encircled by sparkling seas, green hills and ancient ruins

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An easy stroll from Korissia port will take you to tranquil Livadia beach. Bordered by rolling hills and a small, white chapel, this long stretch of golden sand provides an idyllic backdrop to lazy days by the sea. Watch the boats sail in to Korissia, or pack some fresh bread and olives and set out to discover your own private cove.

Set in a natural harbour, Korissia is a wonderful spot for swimming – or simply relaxing on the deck of a traditional wooden sailing yacht. But there’s also plenty to see beneath the surface. Kea’s rocky coastline and clear waters make for some truly spectacular underwater scenery. You could watch fish dart around the old harbour walls, or dive to the wreck of the Patris – a paddle steamship that sank in the 19th century.

While in Korissia, take a seat in a taverna and sample Kea specialities. From grilled swordfish, caught that day by local fishermen, to succulent roasted lamb or piglet, flavoured with island herbs. For something sweet, try pasteli – a crisp treat of sesame seeds baked in honey. And to finish, sip a cool glass or tsipouro, made from grapes grown in Kean vineyards.

Explore the ruins of an ancient acropolis, high above Korissia. The Kouros of Kea, now in the National Museum in Athens, was found here.

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