Otzias beach

Otzias Beach Kea: The beach of Otzias is a picturesque environment bordered by trees on the north side of Kea, at 11 km from Ioulida, its capital. It belongs to a small settlement with many beautiful narrow paths, ideal for strolling in spring. Otzias beach extends over 700 m, and one of its main advantages is that it gives the chance of performing wind surfing. Kea, unlike other Greek islands, is not affected by the summer winds of Meltemi. Most of Kea beaches have tranquil waters that are not the best for this sport, except for Otzias. The ruins of some harbour facilities reveal that Otzias beach used to be a port in the classical times. Other attractions nearby include some mines about a mile away, on the way to the church of Panagia Kastriani. The importance of this church does not lay just on the fact of being dedicated to the Virgin Mary, since the story of its origin is very interesting. It relates to a miracle indicating this was the chosen place for this church. Today, Panagia Kastriani is part of a monastery that includes another bigger and newer church matching the style of the first one, and also a few cathedrals. In addition, the high location of these buildings on top of a rock assures some great views. Regarding the current facilities of Otzias beach, there are a couple of taverns and cafes. When it comes to accommodation, Otzias beach counts on some good options. Many of these hotels and house rentals overlook this bay and are made of stone, holding a picturesque look that matches the general vibe of this area. Moreover, the village of Otzias, on the east side of the bay, counts on some good places where to have an amusing time. After spending a great day on the beach, watching the sunset at one of its bars in the afternoon, you can head to the village in order to enjoy a great meal and some live music.
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