Kythira is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, in the eastern Mediterranean.
Kythira is very sparsely populated (4,000 inhabitants), as tens of thousands of descendants of Cythriots were born or immigrated to mainland Greece, Australia and the United States.
Kythira is famous for its very ancient archaeological sites (up to 5000 years old), for its small villages, for its many red sand beaches, for its promotion as a mountain biking and hiking destination, and for its influence on the inspiration of several navigators, poets and painters including the French painter Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) who had painted several paintings evoking Kythira. This is the island where Afrodite was born.
Image of title: Paleochora of Kythera, the Byzantine capital of the island. It was destroyed in 1537 by Barbarossa. Source: el.wikipedia / Dr mercator