The distinctively charming capital, Hora (also known as Kythnos or Messaria), nestles in the lap of rolling agricultural fields and perserves an inherent Greek character. The long main street makes for a great stroll through a cute central square to a series of colourful cafes, restaurants, ceramicists and sweet shops.
Low-key resort and fishing village, Loutra, 3km north of Hora, sits on a windy bay, its large marina full of yachts (many from Athens) and its harbourfront lined with high-standard eateries. Loutra’s claim to fame is its hot springs. You can access the water for free on the beachfront, where a rockpool marks the entry point of the hot water into the sea.