Ioulida (ee-oo-lee-tha) is Kea’s gem. Its pretty scramble of narrow alleyways and buildings drapes across two hilltops. Once a substantial settlement of ancient Greece it now has a distinctly cosmopolitan feel at weekends. The bus turnaround is on a square just at the edge of town, from where an archway leads into the village. (Park in the car park below the square.
The beach road from Korissia leads past Gialiskari Beach for 2.5km to tiny Vourkari, a favourite with yachties, where the waterfront is lined with sailboats and fashionable cafes. I Strofi tou Mimi, on the far side of the bay, is a picture of illuminated elegance at night and one of the best seafood tavernas on the island.