Hiking Ancient Trails at Kythnos island

History of the glorious ancient Kythnos unveiled
Part of the ancient ruins in Kythnos
Part of the ancient ruins in Kythnos

Ancient Trails

The Ancient Trails of Kythnos travel you in time and history and offer unique experiences on your vacation. Walking along the hiking trail from the beach of Episkopi to the beach of Apokrousi we find the most important place of historical times, Vryokastro or Rigokastro. The ancient capital of the island is called Vryokastro today, but in ancient years this was the name of Kythnos Island.

The trail is easy and quite popular for guided tours and trekking in Kythnos. Hiking the mountain you have a unique view of the Aegean Sea and the Kolona beach, one of the most beautiful beaches of Cyclades. The mountain also has a rich flora and a variety of herbs.

Beautiful sunset in Cyclades, Kythnos


Our experience starts from an area of particular archaeological interest in Kythnos, at the location of the ancient aqueduct that had been built by the inhabitants of the island.

We continue hiking towards the top of the hill and cross an area rich in sage and thyme. Then we reach the top of the hill where is located the ancient acropolis of Kythnos islands. There we can see ruins of ancient buildings which coexist harmoniously with the stone houses of the peasants of the last century.

The trail continues to the south to the ancient harbor of Kythnos. Our route basically circles the cape leading to the beach of Apokrousi. Apokrousi is protected from the winds and is the largest and most beautiful beach of Kythnos. The beach provides a welcoming rest under the shadow of the largest and oldest salt cedars of Kythnos.

During our stop at Apokrousi beach you may swim or take another activity like kayaking after proper arrangement. Our experiences do not end here. On our return we follow a short and beautiful trail where we can see and smell most of the island's herbs.

Ruins of an ancient home in Kythnos


  • Starting time: 09:00am
  • Location: Upon request
  • Implementation period: All year round (upon request)
  • Trail distance: 8km
  • Route type: Circular
  • Activity duration with breaks: 3-4 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Suitability: Suitable for all / relatively goot fitness is required
Beautiful view of the Aegean sea in Kythnos


The altitude difference in the rising during the return is 50 meters in 0.2 kilometers.

There is a minimum number of 4 participants required for the implementation of this outdoor activity. Experience Kythnos reserves the right to postpone or cancel the activity in case of non completion of the required number of participants. For individual bookings or for less than 4 participants please contact us to request a price.

Participants should have with them:

  • Bottle of water
  • Hat
  • Sun cream (during summer months)
  • Hiking shoes or trainers (Open shoes, sandals or flip-flops are unsuitable)
  • Hiking backpack and poles (if available)
  • Swimwear and beach towels
Hikers at Kythnos' ancient trail


  • Guide
  • Tour planning - Sightseeing
  • Transfer from the exit point to entry point (if necessary)
  • Photographs from the tour
  • Liability insurance
  • All taxes


  • Standard: 45€ per person
  • Private: 55€ per person

Minimum participants: 3