Only one hour away by ferry from the port of Lavrion, which can be reached from the center of Athens in 40 minutes and from the airport Eleftherios Venizelos in 20 Its picturesque capital, Ioulis (Chora), is inland and situated at a high altitude like most ancient Cycladic settlements which were built on top of hills for fear of pirates.
The port of Korissia offers several cafes and restaurants and the fishing village of Vourkari, a yachting destination on a splendid bay, has a lively night life and nice boutiques.
Beautiful beaches can be found all around the island. Archaeological sites include a bronzed age settlement called Agia Eirini (1600-1400 BCE) and the ancient city of Karthaia with two temples, recently restored, and an ancient theater. On the island with the largest oak forest in the Cyclades, bird-watching is a real delight.
The island has an extensive network of well preserved footpaths ideal for hiking, some leading to stunning and quite beaches, and possibilities for scuba diving.
To arrive at Lavrion from Athens take the motorway Attiki Odos to the Airport Eleftherios Venizelos. Then take direction Airport-Markopoulo. At one point it is indicated right to the Airport and straight to Markopoulo. Follow the main sign to Markopoulo. (If you come from the Airport go towards Athens/All directions then,
The most important settlements of the island are the capital Ioulis, the port Korissia and the fishing village Vourcari.
Ioulis (or Chora), 6 km from the port, is built along the slopes of a hill on the northern side of the island. It is a traditional settlement with narrow streets, where no cars are allowed. Stroll around and have