Kea (Introduction): The island of Kea, also known as Tzia, is situated very close to Attica, (on the southeastern coast). Kea is the most western Cycladic island with a perimeter of 85km. and a total surface of 131 square kilometers. It is considered as being the natural bridge of communication of the mainland of Greece with the Cyclades. Kea is mountainous with its tallest peak being that of Profitis Ilias, (568m.) The population of the island is approximately 2,500 inhabitants.
The island is ideal for those wishing to have a relaxing time in nature or at the beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters. What makes Kea even more interesting, is the fact that it has 130 churches, all of different shapes and sizes. Additionally, Kea is one of the few Cycladic islands with Royal Oak forests. The gorgeous trees, grow all across the central and eastern parts of the island.
If you come during the first weekend of June, do not miss the famous antique car rally. It is an experience you shall remember for the rest of your life. Also, you must try some of the delicious local cuisine, such as the «paspalas», (pork with eggs and tomato) and «loza», (salted pork).