Kea, Greece, Island

Kea, Greece, Island

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 254 vacation rentals near Kea. From 150 villas to 80 houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kea for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Kea decisions: welcome to a serene island paradise

Just a few miles southeast of the Greek mainland, Kea is a scenic, tranquil island known for its secluded beaches, picturesque villages, and a number of historic and archaeological sites. Part of the Cyclades Archipelago in the Aegean Sea, visitors flock to Kea for it's laid-back take on the Mediterranean lifestyle; in fact, the island's main town, Ioulis, takes traditional Greek living so seriously that you'll have to leave your car outside the city limits. With a Kea vacation rental, you'll have a foot in both the ancient past and the cosmopolitan present.

Take a deep dive into Kea's wild waterfront

Waterfront activities are the name of the game in Kea. With countless sandy beaches tucked into the many coves, inlets, and bays along the island's shoreline, you can find your own private piece of Kea for swimming, sunbathing, and fishing. Scuba diving is a popular pastime as well—underwater explorers are drawn to the numerous shipwrecks that surround the island, including the sunken Britannic, an Olympic-class ocean liner and sister ship of the RMS Titanic. Back on terra firma, you'll find plenty of space for hiking, camping, and mountain biking in Kea's hilly interior.

Sightseeing in Kea: history in the making

Small but mighty, Kea's got plenty of sights and attractions that are well worth your time. At the Archaeological Museum of Kea in Ioulis, you can check out artifacts from throughout the island's rich history, from prehistory through the modern era. And for a first-hand look at ancient history, you can snap a quick selfie with Liontas, aka the Lion of Kea, a carved stone feline dating from before the 7th century BCE. Or you can make the hike to Panagia Kastriani, a historic monastery with scenic views of the island and the surrounding sea.

Warming up to Kea's killer Mediterranean climes

Like most Greek islands, Kea has a Mediterranean climate, with warm, sunny summers, and cool winters with moderate rainfall. Average summer temperatures peak around the mid-80s in July and August, while winters generally range from the upper 40s to the mid-60s between December and February. Summer's also the driest season, with almost all the island's rainfall occurring between October and April. Thanks to its relatively mild year-round weather, Kea is a popular destination in all seasons, and you'll find that prices on Kea vacation rentals tend to stay about the same from one season to the next.

Kea—the heights (and depths) of island living

One of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, Kea lies just a few miles southeast of the mainland. The island's ample coastline boasts a number of tranquil, secluded beaches, as well as plenty of rocky shoreline and seaside cliffs. Beneath the waves, several sunken ships provide unique habitat for a variety of marine life, and Kea vacation rentals are particularly popular with the scuba divers that flock to the area. Farther inland, you'll find plenty of rolling hillside that gradually rises to a height of 1,837 feet above sea level.