Nostos in the chora of Kythira is a little bed and breakfast full of charm. Dating from the mid-19th century, the listed building used to be a family home. Owner Alexandra Nikiforaki, who inherited it from her grandfather, consciously created a slightly nostalgic ambience when she turned it into a guesthouse. It has a tiny antique shop on the ground-floor; white-painted, creaky wooden stairs (a separate entrance) lead to a charming hallway and six delightful rooms on the floor above. Most have parquet floors (some painted), timbered ceilings and antique furniture. They are well equipped and you will find they offer the perfect balance between authenticity, charm and comfort (good bathrooms too). Book early and get the largest room – Zefyros – which has its own veranda with views to the sea. The other five rooms are a little smaller and don’t have balconies, but they are equally charming. Across the alley there’s a sweet little café, which is used as breakfast room, lounge and reception. Its old-style furniture and decoration give it a pleasantly romantic-traditional feel. Local Kyria Maria serves traditional Greek breakfast with delicious home-baked biscuits and jams and, later in the day, villagers drop in for a drink and a gossip.
Nostos is a B&B with heaps of 'old days' charm, made very comfortable and decorated with care. Adorable!
I stayed in the summer and it was a little bit noisy in the evening (voices, mopeds and an occasional car). The choice of restaurants in the village was disappointing.
6 double rooms (there are two rooms that can interconnect to accommodate a family)
Prices for two persons from 60 Euro per night, breakfast and taxes included. For a full overview of room rates, please contact Alexandra.
En-suite bathroom (shower)
One of the rooms (Zefiros) has a private veranda
A nice breakfast is served in the café of the guesthouse, where during the day you can also order drinks and small snacks. The choice of restaurants in the village is not great, but you will find plenty of places to eat in the bays of Kapsali and in nearby villages.
Even though Nostos may not be a typical guesthouse for family vacations, it is perfectly suitable for a not-too-long stay with children. (For longer holidays, it is better to be somewhere where your kids can easily run in and out.) With the exception of Zefyros, the rooms cannot take extra beds but cots, available on request, are possible and there are two double rooms – one with a double bed and one with twin beds – that can interconnect to become a perfect family suite. Kythira is a great island for holidays with children, especially if you want to avoid the more usual tourist destinations. It has a lot of beaches and even in August, the busiest month of the year, you can find enough relatively quiet beaches. If your children like walking, take them to explore the beautifully varied landscape of Kythira on foot.
Guesthouse Nostos is situated on the central alleyway right in the middle of the hora, the main village of Kythira, a couple of minutes walk from the nearest parking. The closest beach (Kapsali Bay) is at 2 km.
You can get to Kythira by airplane (one flight per day from Athens) and by boat (daily connections from Neapoli near the south-western tip of the Peloponnese; there are less frequent services from Gythio in Mani and Kissamos on Crete). From the port of Diakofti, you follow the road until you reach Aroniadika, where you turn left towards Kythira (the chora). Park your car at the entrance of the village, and walk along the main alley towards the castle. You will find Guesthouse Nostos about halfway through.