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Kea
(42 n.m. from Piraeus)

Although closest to Attica, Kea (or Tzia) is off the beaten track for most land tourists and will delight you with picturesque fishing villages, the inland town and beaches for all tastes. The deep bay of Agios Nicolaos embraces the ferry port of Livadhi to the S, and Vourkari NE which is the favourite yacht anchorage. Vourkari is renowned for its fish tavernas and from there you can visit the mountainous Chora (or main town) and the famous lion carved out of a rock face, a remnant of Keas ancient glory. Kea has many bays worth visiting. Koundouros (or Kavia Bay) approximately 5 miles S of Vourkari, is a favourite stop for a swim, protected from the N winds, although caution should be taken when entering because of the shoal extending from the N side of the entrance. Polais bay on the SE side of the island offers the visitor the added excitement of exploring the ruins of the ancient city.
Caution! Do not attempt to enter Polais Bay at night. The narrow passage between the shallows although easily detected in daylight, tells another story at night...