Don’t forget to pop by the Monastery of Myrtidiotissa
The largest monastery in Kythira, the Monastery of Panagia Myrtidiotissa, is located on the western side of the island, near Kalokairines. Dedicated to the patroness of the island, Panagia Myrtidiotissa (the Madonna of Myrtle), the monastery is considered the spiritual heart of the island. Legend has it that the icon of Panagia Myrtidiotissa appeared to a shepherd leading his flock to the water. He took the icon home with him, but the next day, the icon miraculously reappeared under the myrtle tree where he found it. The shepherd decided to build a small chapel for the Virgin, which still exists to this day, next to the current church. While you are there, don’t forget to visit the Stavros, a large cross offered by a sailor, located on one of the western hills of Kythira, which is an ideal spot to watch the sunset.
Monastery of Myrtidiotissa, Kythira, Greece