Kea

Cyclades

Kea is an exceptionally picturesque island with mountains that plunge into the sea, small valleys planted with vines and fruit trees, majestic oak forests and valleys opening out into pretty little bays with breathtaking sandy beaches. The main town of the island, known as Chora, is built in the shape of an amphitheatre and presents an impressive vista of two-and three-storey houses and tiled roofs, steep cobbled streets and splendid churches with breathtaking views of the nearby islands.

The Pretty Good Guide

  • map
  • where to eat
  • local beaches
  • to-do
  • phone numbers
  • important
  • transport to greece
  • transport in greece
  • boat hire

Pretty good recommendations

Shopping

Supermarket in Poisses has everything from fresh
bread to emergency medicines, fresh fruit milk, cheese, ice cream etc. Also water bottles and all other drinks.
Between the harbour and the capital (Ioulis) there is an AB Supermarket which is the best on the island and well stocked.
Between the harbour and Ioulis "Aristaios Traditional Products" for biscuits, sundried tomatoes, olives, capers and other ‘deli’ items.

 

Rolando's Taverna-Ouzeri

Coressia

Used to be located in the main square of Ioulis but it has been moved to the port of Coressia. It serves traditional Greek dishes and fresh sea food dishes.

Tel: (+30) 2288 022224
 

 

Taverna Tis Annas (Tavern of Anna)

Otzia

A family tavern with great sea views. It serves sea food and traditional Greek dishes.

Tel: (+30) 2288 021137
www.facebook.com/pages/category/Greek-Restaurant/Taverna-tis-Annas-Tzia-Kea-123651971309514/

 

I strofi tou Mimi Restaurant

Vourkari

A waterfront restaurant serving fresh fish. Great views and atmosphere.

Tel: (+30) 2288 021480
www.facebook.com/istrofitoumimi/

 

Christoforos Taverna

Pisses

A very cozy family owned taverna next to the sea. Family friendly atmosphere and great Greek dishes.

Tel: (+30) 2288 031308

www.facebook.com/Ο-Χριστ?φορος-503380309708644/

 

"Ton Kalofagadon"

Central Square of Ioulis

"Ton Kalofagadon" actually means "The people who have a great knowledge of good food". Located in the central square of the traditional village of Ioulis, next to the Town Hall built by the famous architect Tsiller. It serves traditional Greek dishes.

Tel: (+30) 2288 022118

www.facebook.com/kalofagadon
www.kalofagadon.gr

 

Otzias Kouzina

Otzias

Great traditional dishes right on the sea.

Tel: (+30) 2288 029057

www.facebook.com/pages/Kouzina-Otzias/1633775026864949?nr

 

Porto Koundouros Restaurant

Koundouros Beach

Located in Porto Koundouros. Its an excellent restaurant serving Mediterranean dishes and fresh fish.

Tel: (+30) 2288 031111

www.facebook.com/Porto.Koundouros/
www.portokoundouros.gr/content/3/gastronomy-/eng
 

 

Aristos Fish Taverna

Vourkari

One of the most popular fish tavernas in Kea. A must for celebrities and yacht owners. Reservation is recommended.

Tel: (+30) 2288 021475

www.facebook.com/Aristos-restaurant-Kea-1664264577123451/

 

Magazes Restaurant

Coressia

Excellent taverna with an emphasis on fish.

www.kearestaurant.gr
www.facebook.com/magazes/

Tel: (+30) 2288 021104

 

Keep an eye out for our trusted mark in the windows of restaurants, bars and tarvenas. This sticker reveals places we highly recommend, so you dont miss out on any local secrets.

Pretty local beaches

Pretty good things to do

Water Sports

Excellent watersports facilities are to be found at Kea Watersports at Koundouraki beach. Rental of equipment and tuition are both offered. Waterskiing, paddle kayaks, sailing, wakeboard and family fun such as bananas and tubing are all offered.

Mob: (+30) 697 3747473

www.kwsports.gr

At Poisses beach there are paddle boats for hire with slides where kids can have fun paddling out in the water and then sliding down!

 

Diving

With Kea Divers also located at the beach, you can scuba dive off the nearby reef – instruction is offered to those who are not experienced in scuba diving.
Suitable for children from 8 years old and upwards.
Mob: (+30) 697 3747473

Yiannis Tzavelakos at Kea Divers does scuba diving and can also take you to remote beaches and pick you up again.
Yannis Tzavelakos
Mob: (+30) 697 3430860.
keadivers.com

 

Open Air Cinema

In the summer months, cinemas in Greece take to the outdoors!
Open air cinema close to the harbour: the programme can be found at the mini market in Poisses.

Ioulis the main town of the island

This is a very pretty town with narrow, winding streets set on a hill and where you will find mostly good restaurants. There are some shops too but it’s a good place to visit for an evening out. You need to park in the car park just below the entrance to the town since no traffic can pass through the narrow streets.

 

Pretty useful phone numbers

General

Pretty Greek Villas:
Tel: (+30) 26960 61414 or (+30) 211 780 3203

 

 

Health

Medical Centre:
Tel: (+30) 2288 022200

 

 

Emergency

Police Tel:
Tel: (+30) 2288 021100

Port Police:
Tel: (+30) 2288 021344

 

 

Pretty important

Toilets

Greece sewerage operates on a septic tank which is the reason for the seas being so clean. However, this means that you CANNOT put any toilet paper, sanitary towels or baby nappies down the toilet. If you do, it can cause serious blockage requiring a plumber. Please remember to put all paper etc in the bin provided next to the toilet. We do not like to deduct from a security deposit but if the plumber is called and it is because paper has been put into the toilet during your stay, the cost of the repair will need to be deducted from your security deposit.

 

Suntan lotions

Some suntan lotions and oils contain a dye that leaves a permanent orange stain on towels, linens and pool liners. Please avoid using these suntan products because most villa owners will now request to deduct from the security deposit in order to replace items that have been dyed. When using the pool, please shower before entering.

 

Water

In this area the tap water is drinkable. Since water is scarce in the summer in Greece, please use only what you need.

 

Air-conditioning

If your villa has air-conditioning, please close all doors and windows when in use. Some villas have a system where if a door or window is left open, the air-con will not work so please check this first if you are experiencing problems.

 

Hot water

The hot water system for most villas is on an immersion system. This means you need to switch on the boiler for the water to be heated. The switch will be in the main electricity panel of the house and usually is turned on for your arrival. It is easy by mistake to turn this off during your stay, so if you find that you do not have hot water then please check the electricity panel first.

 

Dishwasher

Most villas will have a dishwasher. Please rinse plates before putting them inside. Some areas of Greece (such as Porto Heli) have a very high salt level in the water so dishwashers do not work very well and you may find that glasses and cutlery are smeared.

 

Umbrellas

Greece can be very windy so we would be very appreciative if you could close any sun umbrellas at the villa when windy to avoid them breaking or flying away.

 

Animals

All villas are situated in the countryside so if screen doors or shutters have been fitted please use them so that unwanted animals don’t get inside the house. The villas are all thoroughly cleaned before arrival but it is still possible that you may see the odd spider, mice, rat, scorpion, cockroach, snake or lizard inside. If you do and think it is a problem, please let us know so that we can deal with it straightaway. Wasps – it is impossible to know in advance whether wasps are going to be prevalent in a particular location or not. If you do find that wasps are a nuisance, burning Greek coffee on a plate seems to keep them away.

 

Siesta Time

For villas that are situated within villages and towns, the siesta hours are 14:30hrs – 17:30hrs. During this time, please try to make as little noise as possible.

 

Shop & Bank Opening Hours

Large chain supermarkets (such as AB, Galaxias, Carrefour) are open Monday to Saturday from around 08:30hrs – 20:45hrs. Closed on Sundays.
Most other shops are open as follows:
Monday: 08:03hrs – 13:30hrs
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs & 17:30hrs – 20:30hrs
Saturdays and Sundays: On most islands, shops are open 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs & 17:30hrs – 20:30hrs. However, in traditional places frequented mainly by Greeks you will find that shops will be open on Saturdays until 13:30hrs and closed on Sundays.
Banks vary but are generally open from 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs. Some banks stay open for an hour or two longer.
Bakeries and mini-markets tend to be open every day.

 

Taxis and Porters

Taxis, porters and car hire are not included in the price of your villa. Please settle up directly with your driver, porter or car hire representative. When departing from your villa, if you require a taxi or porter, please ring or email us 24-48hrs in advance to arrange.
If you pre-book a taxi and do not notify us to cancel it, we will deduct this from your security deposit. Please note that we need to receive the cancellation in writing 24 hrs at least before the time you have booked the taxi. For airport transfers, we need at least 1 month’s notice in July/August and at least 2 weeks notice in all other months so that your booking can be replaced.

 

Security

Greece is still generally a very safe country. However, when you are not at your villa please close windows and lock the doors.

 

Garbage

Please dispose of your garbage regularly because the high temperatures can attract vermin if left for too long. Unfortunately, very few areas of Greece have recycling so please put your rubbish in the nearest municipal bins (usually green). On Hydra, there are also lots of cats so please don’t leave rubbish bags outside.

 

Breakages

It is very rare for us to deduct money from a security deposit and we do not deduct money for the odd glass, cup or plate that might get broken. However, if you do happen to break or damage something please let us know.

 

Departure Time

At the end of your holiday, please vacate your villa by 10:00hrs unless we have agreed a later time with you. If the housekeeper is not there when you leave, please leave keys on dining table.

 

Transport to greece

Three good websites for flights from the UK are

www.travelsupermarket.com  
www.flightcomparison.co.uk  
www.charterflights.co.uk

For non-UK flights, a good website is 
www.edreams.com


Easyjet also fly into Athens from various European airports:

www.easyjet.com

Please contact one of the PGV team for advice about where to book flights.

There are two ways to get to Kea:

Fly to Athens, hire a car in Athens, drive to Lavrio Port and board the ferry to Kea.
Fly to Athens, take a taxi/minibus transfer to Lavrio Port, board the ferry to Kea and hire a car from Kea port
 

 

Transport in greece

From Athens to Lavrio Port

The drive time from Athens Airport to Lavrio is approx. 45 mins.

2020 Car Hire Rates per week
(please add Euro 20 pick up/drop off at Athens Airport)

 

 

 

Group

 

Car Type

 

1/4 – 31/5

 

1/6 – 30/6

 

1/7 – 25/8

 

26/8 – 30/9

 

1/10 – 31/3

 

A

 

 

NISSAN Pixo

 

€133

 

€213

 

€236

 

€173

 

€115

 

B

 

 

HYUNDAI i10

 

€150

 

€225

 

€248

 

€184

 

€127

 

C

 

 

NISSAN Micra

 

€156

 

€242

 

€265

 

€196

 

€133

 

CD

 

 

FIAT Panda

Diesel

 

€265

 

€322

 

€357

 

€276

 

€225

 

D

 

 

NISSAN Note

 

€207

 

€288

 

€317

 

€225

 

€156

 

DD

 

 

TOYOTA Yaris

Diesel

 

€294

 

€363

 

€403

 

€305

 

€253

 

DDD

 

 

FORD Focus

Station wagon

 

€322

 

€391

 

€437

 

€345

 

€282

 

JD

 

 

FIAT 500X Diesel

 

€357

 

€414

 

€449

 

€391

 

€305

 

K

 

 

NISSAN TIIDA

 

 

€288

 

€368

 

€426

 

€311

 

€253

 

K1

 

AUDI A4

 

€322

 

€403

 

€448

 

€357

 

€294

 

KD

 

 

BMW 116 Diesel

 

€331

 

€460

 

€552

 

€403

 

€311

 

KDD

 

 

SKODA Octavia

Diesel

 

€426

 

€541

 

€610

 

€472

 

€397

 

HD

 

NISSAN Qashqai Diesel 2X4

 

€449

 

€575

 

€644

 

€483

 

€403

 

GM

 

 

SKODA Citigo Automatic

 

€230

 

€322

 

€357

 

€265

 

€196

 

 

 

 

Group

 

Car Type

 

1/4 – 31/5

 

1/6 – 10/7

 

11/7 – 25/8

 

26/8 – 30/9

 

1/10 – 30/3

 

G2

 

NISSAN TIIDA

Automatic

 

€357

 

€495

 

€547

 

€414

 

€288

 

GD

 

VW GOLF

Automatic Diesel

 

€380

 

€518

 

€575

 

€437

 

Take a Ferry from Lavrio Port to Kea

Ferries from Lavrio to Kea take 1 hr.
Ferry information can be found on the following website:
travel.viva.gr/en/ferries

 

From Athens to Lavrio Port

For guests not wanting to hire a car from Athens Airport, we can arrange a taxi transfer from Athens Airport to Lavrio port, and then car hire from Kea.

Pretty Greek Villas can pre-book a taxi transfer on your behalf. Taxis are payable at the same time as the balance for your villa. The taxi driver will wait for you in the Arrivals Hall of the Airport holding a sign with your name on it. If you cannot find the taxi driver, please call our emergency number 0030 211 780 3203.

2020 Taxi prices from Athens Airport to Lavrio:
 

Type of Taxi

Price

Athens Taxi up to 4 passengers

€60

Luxury Car up to 3 passengers

€55

Mini-Van up to 8 passengers

€110

 Mini-Bus up to 14 passengers

€165

Mini-Bus up to 21 passengers

€195

 

 

Hire a car on Kea

Hiring a Car on Kea:
If you prefer to hire your car when you get to Kea, the following cars are available. To reserve your car, please contact arrivals@prettygreekvillas.com:

2020 Car Hire Prices PER DAY in Euro on Kea:

Mid Season 13/5 – 11/7 and 12/9 – 17/10
 

 

 

Group

Car Type

Engine size

Price with Simple Insurance 

 

 

Excess in Euro

Price

with CDW

A

Chevrolet Matiz

800

30

(600)

35

Hyundai i10

1100

30

(600)

35

A

Suzuki Celerio

1000

30

(600)

35

A1

Chevrolet Matiz Topless

800

35

(600)

40

A1

Mercedes Smart Automatic

1000

35

(600)

40

A1

Chevrolet Matiz Automatic 

800

35

(600)

40

A1

Suzuki Celerio Automatic

1000

35

(600)

40

B

Fiat Panda

1200

35

(600)

40

 

B

Kia Picanto

1100

35

(600)

40

 

C

Opel Corsa

1200

40

(700)

45

C

Citroen C3

1200

40

(700)

45

 

C

Suzuki Ignis

1200

40

(700)

45

C1

Opel Corsa Automatic

1400

45

(700)

50

D

Chevrolet Lacetti

1600

45

(800)

52

D1

Chevrolet Cruze Automatic

1600

50

(800)

57

E

VW Caddy(7-seater) Diesel

1600

70

(1000)

77

E1

VW Caddy (7-seater) Automatic Diesel

1600

75

(1000)

82

E2

Mercedes Vito (9-seater) Diesel

2200

92

(1000)

100

F

Suzuki Jimny 4x4

1300

50

(900)

57

F1

Daihatsu Terios 4x4

1500

60

(1000)

68

G

Jeep Compass 4x4

2400

80

(1200)

90

G1

Jeep Compass Automatic 4x4

2400

90

(1200)

100

G1

Jeep Patriot Automatic 4x4

2400

90 

(1200)

100

 

High Season 11/7 – 11/9

 

 

Group

Car Type

Engine size

Price with Simple Insurance 

 

 

Excess in Euro

Price

with CDW

A

Chevrolet Matiz

800

40

(600)

45

A

Hyundai i10

1100

40

(600)

45

A

Suzuki Celerio

1000

40

(600)

40

A1

Chevrolet Matiz Topless

800

45

(600)

45

A1

Mercedes Smart Automatic

1000