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You'll probably want to hire a car or motorbike for at least part of your stay on Kythira because there's a wealth of sights to see around the island but public transport is virtually non existent. The island is 30 kilometres long and 18 kilometres across at its widest point and there are more than 40 villages scattered throughout the interior. With the benefit of your own set of wheels you'll be able to explore the length and breadth of this fascinating land of ancient archaeological sites, hilltop monasteries, misty moors and hidden valleys.

Cars and mopeds can be hired in the main resort of Kapsali, at the southern end of the island, and in the two ports of Agia Pelagia and Diakofti. Rental cars are also available at Porfyra Travel Agency in Livadi, four kilometres north of the capital, Hora. A network of roads, narrow winding lanes and dirt tracks allows you to reach all the main places of interest around the island. You'll also be able to find secluded coves far from the holiday hordes that pack the twin bays at Kapsali in July and August.

From Kapsali a winding road leads uphill to the island's captivating capital, Hora, where you can enjoy spectacular views from the 13th century Venetian fortress. Visit the archaeological museum to see finds from various excavations around the island, including treasures unearthed at Paleokastro where there was once a temple dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite. You can visit the Paleokastro site by taking the road north from Hora, turning right towards Paelopoli when you reach the village of Fratsia.

The road north through the centre of Kythira leads to Potamos where islanders gather on Sunday mornings for the lively weekly market. Three kilometres east of town there's the spectacularly sited medieval capital, Paleohora, perched on a hill top at the head of a gorge.

Sights to see on the western side of the island include the delightful village of Mylopotamos, set in a lush valley with a stream and waterfall which make this a real oasis on hot summer days.

Continue 500 metres down the road from Mylopotamos to the Venetian fortress of Kato Hora which contains the remains of abandoned homes and several churches. Two kilometres down a steep, rough road from Kato Hora you'll come to the impressive stalagmite Cave of Agia Sofia which has several chambers reaching 250 metres into the mountain. The drive out to the coast from Kato Hora takes you through some wonderful scenery to the rocky inlet at Limnionas.

In the south west corner of the island you can visit the two monasteries of Myrtidion and Agia Elesis, both set in stunning locations. Moni Myrtidion looms above the island's wild and windswept west coast and Moni Agia Elesis perches on a hill top, reached via a steep road up from Livadi. The breathtaking views make the trip worth the effort.