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IOULIS (Small town) KEA
Ioulida is the largest town and the capital of the island. Only 5 km from the main port, it should be part of your itinerary. The inhabitants call it "Chora", but its correct name, used in its golden age, is Ioulis. It is a picturesque, typical Cycladic township with 600 inhabitants, a very interesting archeological museum, a prehistorical stone lion and a Venetian castle. Ioulis is well worth a visit. It is pleasant to stroll along its narrow streets.

  This exceptionally picturesque island lies close to the south-east coast of Attica.
  The mountain masses, which are encountered in most of the Cyclades, are broken up by small valleys sparsely planted with vines and fruit-trees and run right down to the sea, opening out into pretty little bays. On the western side of the island is Agios Nikolaos bay, and deep within it the port of Korissia, which is considered to be one of the safest natural harbours in the Mediterranean. Ferry-boats call at Korissia - also known as Livadi - which stands on the site of the city of Korissia, which in ancient times, with Ioulis, Karthea and Poiessa, was one of the island's four independent city-states.
  The island's capital, Hora or Ioulida (6 km. from Korissia), has maintained its Cycladic idiom intact. Built in the shape of an amphitheatre, it presents the visitor with an impressive vista of two-storey houses and tiled roofs, steep cobbled alleyways and splendid churches with elaborately carved wooden icon screens. At the highest point of the village, on the site of the ancient acropolis, is a quarter known as Kastro which commands a breathtaking view of the nearby islands off the coast of Attica. Not far from here is the famous "Lion of Kea" (6th century BC), hewn out of the slate.
  The Archaeological Museum in Hora contains interesting finds dating from the Cycladic period. The interior of the island is dotted with miniature chapels, windmills and monasteries, including that of Our Lady Kastriani, Kea's patron Saint. Easilly accessible from Athens, Kea offers those who are seeking a restful holiday clean, uncrowded beaches at Pisses, Korissia, Koundouros, Otzia bay and Poles bay.Here they can enjoy delicious fresh fish at picturesque little tavernas.

This text is cited Apr 2003 from the University of Patras' XENIOS DIAS website URL below, which contains images.

Korissia (Livadi)

As the ship turns to starboard, the small township of Livadi slowly unfolds itself, with its pier, anchorage and blindingly white houses with their red tiled roofs huddling at the foot of the hill. Upon disembarking, the visitor will only get a fleeting impression of a port backdropped by hills. He will then discover that most of the scenic beauty of the island is hidden among those hills: charming sites, including Agia Triada and Agios Savvas are well worth a visit. Today, Livadi offers every comfort to visitors, from hotels, rooms to let, restaurants, coffee-shops, bars, souvenir shops and modern supermarkets. Fishing boats and yachts make a pretty picture at the port's small quay. At the northern end of the port, one finds the parish church of Agia Triada. Its name day is celebrated in an exceptional manner throughout Livadi and the surrounding countryside. Traditionally, cows were kept, mainly for the daily consumption of fresh milk. No cheese was produced.

At 1,8 km from Korissia, Vourkari is Livadi in miniature, with particularly careful town planning. It lies in the embrace of an exceptionally sheltered cove, thus offering a wonderfully safe mooring to almost all the yachts that visit the island.

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