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The rocky coastline of Kythnos is peppered with lovely sandy beaches, some only accessible by boat. You won't be joined by hordes of fellow tourists on any of the beaches here - in fact yours may be the only footprints in the sand.

Though most of the island's holiday accommodation is in and around the small ferry and fishing port of Merihas this is not the best place to spend a day on the beach. It's a good spot for enjoying a fresh fish lunch or dinner seated at a table right at the water's edge but the beach itself is unappealing. The best beaches are to be found further north along the coast from Merihas and if you're a keen hiker you'll have no trouble reaching them on foot. Otherwise hire a caique (water taxi) or a moped and take the road via Hora.

The nearest beach to the port is Martinakia which has a taverna of the same name but if you don't mind the half hour walk, Episkopi is a better bet - a 500 metre stretch of sand with a lone taverna where you can reward your efforts with a cooling drink and a bite of lunch.

North along the coast from Episkopi there's the lovely bay of Apokroussi where large trees fringing the sandy beach provide welcome shade. A little further north west you'll find one of the island's most beautiful beaches, Kolona, which is a sand spit connecting Kythnos with the islet of Agios Loukas. You'll need to allow at least a couple of hours for the walk here from the port - if you're more into sunbathing than hiking you'll be better off taking a boat.

To the south of Merihas there are two good sandy beaches both accessible by road - Flambouri and the double bay of Agio Dimitriou in the south west corner of the island.

On the east coast at Kanala there's the popular sandy beach of Megali Ammos which has a taverna and rooms to let. Buses run fairly frequently to and from the port in high season. Small coves are dotted all along the eastern stretch of coastline from Kanala to Agios Stefanos - a pretty village to the north east of Dryopida. A couple of tavernas open for visitors here in high season.

One of the island's biggest attractions is the mineral-rich water of Loutra, in the north, where the radioactive thermal springs are widely believed to have curative properties for a variety of ailments. The sulphurous springs can reach temperatures of 52C, producing steam from the cool waters of the Aegean Sea. For a few Euros you can have a health check and a soak in the state-run Xenia baths. The tradition of "taking the water" here goes back centuries and people suffering from all kinds of conditions - from rheumatism and arthritis to heart and gynaecological problems - still flock to Loutra in the hope of a cure.

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