Chytra

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Chytra

Chytra or Avgó (meaning “egg” in Greek) is a spectacular rough and rocky islet, located 3 miles away of the port of Kapsali. The official name, Avgo, comes from its egg shape. Its steep terrain of the islet makes it inaccessible to the average visitor and for this particular reason hundreds of wild seabirds nest there throughout the year. Going up on the isle requires attention, as the ground is steep and rocky.

On the south side there is a sea cave which fascinates visitors with the water reflections creating a riot of colours and designs. Swimming and snorkeling inside the cave is a great experience because you can admire the thousands of colors of the seabed of the cave and discover the wealth of the underwater natural life. The cave is home to seals (monachus monachus). The islet is also famous for its local “wild yellow flower”, “Sempreviva”, which is collected every spring by experienced locals only. It was so named by the Venetians who saw that these flowers remain intact (sempre viva: always alive) and do not wither for a long period of time. 

The only way to visit Chytra is by private boats from Kapsali. Afternoon is the best time for exploring as the sun shines into the cave at an angle that turns the water incredible shades of aquamarine.