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Most holiday accommodation on Kythira gets booked up months in advance by families from mainland Greece and émigrés returning from Australia for the summer. A Greek television serial filmed on the island has increased Kythira's popularity as a summer holiday destination so you'll be struggling to find a hotel room if you arrive without a reservation during the Greek school holidays. The majority of visitors stay in the island's only real resort area of Kapsali so you may be able to find a cheap room if you head for one of the many unspoilt villages which are scattered throughout the interior.

The main port of Agia Pelagia, in the north east of the island, has a number of rooms to rent, self catering apartments and some upmarket hotels. It's a good place to base yourself if you're only staying a few days and need to catch an onward ferry (hydrofoils dock at the other east coast port of Diakofti).

If you turn up on spec seek help from the friendly Volunteer Tourist Office, in a cottage to the left of the docks as you face inland. They keep a list of rooms to rent around the island and can also advise you about the main sights to see and places to visit during your stay. They'll be able to put you in touch with domatia owners in several villages including Mylopotamos, Fratsia, Kato Livadi, Kondolianika and Mitata (the latter hosts the island's annual wine festival on August 8 9th).

Agia Pelagia has several good quality hotels including the A category Marou, set in 10,000 square metres of grounds with easy access to local beaches. The accommodation includes luxurious three room suites with spacious verandas and wonderful views. The Venardos and Kytherea hotels both offer comfortable accommodation with all mod cons and are open all year round unlike most of the island's hotels.

Kapsali has the biggest concentration of holiday accommodation, ranging from stylish hotels to self catering studios. The upmarket Porto Delfino Bungalows and elegant Hotel Raikos are among the pick of the bunch, both offering views of the bay. The Raikos has extensive facilities which include a hair salon, swimming pool and nightly entertainment courtesy of a live orchestra or resident DJ.

The captivating capital of Hora is a quieter alternative to Kapsali and offers the chance to stay in some lovely old buildings which have been tastefully renovated to provide atmospheric accommodation away from the hustle and bustle of the beachfront. The well equipped Hotel Margarita has 12 rooms in a beautiful 1840s house with breathtaking views down to Kapsali and the sea. The Xenonas Keti Hotel is a large 240 year old building full of old world charm which has attracted many distinguished visitors including George Papandreou and the Greek dictator General Metaxas.