Although it is typically a Cycladic island, Kea doesn’t have the little whitewashed houses and blue domed churches of its Cycladic counterparts. Its natural landscape, beautiful beaches, thrilling sights and rich historic tradition make Kea an enchanting destination that wins over even of the most demanding visitor.
Makronissos (Cyclades) Makronissos lies to the northwest of Kea and is the biggest uninhabited Greek island. It took its name due to its elongated shape (makris = long). According to a myth this is where Helen of Troy and Paris stopped on their way to Troy. In its recent history it served as an exile land for political prisoners from the 1940s to the 1970s. Remnants of some buildings of this period are still visible on the island.