Kolona Beach in Kythnos is perhaps the most famous of all the island's beaches. It is located in the bay of the same name, northwest of the island, north of the port of Merichas and opposite the equally beautiful Apokrousi beach.
After Apokrousi, through a relatively difficult road, a dirt road, you can approach Kolona beach. It's a bit tough but the beauty and uniqueness of the beach will reward you.
Kolona Beach is unique mainly due to its geomorphological peculiarity. Essentially, it is a sandy beach, approximately 240 meters long, which connects the island of Kythnos to the islet of Agios Loukas. This strip of sandy beach that connects the two landforms resembles a column, hence its name. The sea surrounds both sides of the sandy beach, thus we have two beaches in one and an exceptional and unique view!
With its transparent, azure waters and thick, golden sand, Kolona beach offers the ideal environment to enjoy the sea and swimming in its crystal clear waters, while being surrounded by this impressive landscape. Its location provides protection from the wind on both sides.
On the eastern side, which is connected to Kythnos, there is a tavern where you can try local delicacies, or grab a coffee and a bite. The tavern also serves as a beach bar, with music, sunbeds and umbrellas.
On the western edge of the "sand column", on a small islet, is the small chapel of Agios Loukas. Following the path to the hill, you can enjoy the panoramic view and capture the stunning beach and harbor.
Generally, regardless of where you stop, the natural beauty is so great that you will capture images that are simply unrivaled.
How to get to Kolona Beach:
From the sea:
Many visitors choose to reach Kolona beach by sea taxi from the port of Merichas, as road access can be difficult. The beach is a paradise for leisure boats, as the twin lagoon offers protection from the north and south winds.
From land or following a trail:
Kolona Beach is located to the north of the port of Merichas. It's 9 kilometers away, about a 20-minute drive. You can get there by following the road to Apokrousi beach and then continuing left on the dirt road. The last 3 kilometers can be difficult as the dirt road is quite narrow and uphill.
From Chora, you can reach the beach by covering 7 kilometers, that is about 17 minutes by car, towards the southwest. At the intersection towards Merichas, continue right, reach Apokrousi beach and from there continue on the dirt road to Kolona.
For hiking enthusiasts, you can follow the path to the archaeological site of Vryokastro and then descend to Apokrousi beach. From there, you can continue towards Kolona beach. There is also a trail that starts from Chora and leads to Apokrousi, about 4.2 kilometers long. From there, you can continue to Kolona. In any case, it is advisable to contact the information office of the Municipality for more information.