Karthaia was one of the 4 autonomous cities of Kea State (Korissia, Ioulida, Poiisea, Karthaia). It was inhabited from geometric period until 7th AD. century. During its flourishing period (6th-4th century BC) it included an acropolis with public buildings, temples, a settlement, a cemetery, a system of individual defensive towers, a theater and also used its own silver coins. The main place of worship of the city was the Doric temple of Pythios Apollo (circa 530 BC), which is close to the sea beneath the acropolis. In the double bay of Karthaia the ancient jetty is found submerged.
Location: Kea, south east, Karthaia bay Period: Classical (480 BC–399 BC) How to get there: By a path from Havouna village. / By boat in Karthaia bay. Information for visitors: The area is constantly accessible, without a ticket. What it’s worth to see: The most important archeological site of the island with astonishing view and a lovely beach. Link to official visiting information