Villa Faros takes its name from the Faros family, owners of the 14,0000 square metre terraced hillside upon which the Villa is situated. The villa is located in the north of Kythera in the village of Karavas, approximately 20 minutes drive from the airport and 30 minutes from the port of Diakofti. The nearest beaches to the home are Fournoi Bay (2.0 km from the house) Plateia Ammos, (3 kms) and Agia Peligia (5 kilometres away). Potomas, the largest village in the north of the island, provides pharmacy, grocery, liquor, butcher, and ATM and is 8 kms from the villa. Potomas also hosts a not-to-be-missed farmer’s market every Sunday morning.
Karavas is a hill village located some 2 km from the coast. Waves of emigration, principally to Australia and the USA, mean the village is much shrunken. At its peak, it supported an olive crush and refinery and a fruit cannery. Now, it is a home to a community of approximately 80 individuals, many quite old.
The village sits atop a shallow ravine that has permanent water. The village is noteworthy for its excellent bakery the Karavas Bakery. It is located a short walk from the villa and often you will awake to the aroma of rusks and bread baking. In the ravine that runs adjacent to the village you will find mineral water springs of Keramari, Amir Ali and Portokalia and the Amir Ali bar which provides a cool spot for relaxation and refreshment adjacent to the village stream. Opposite the monument on the main road through the village is a traditional Greek Taverna, Lemonia.
Above Amir Ali is the ghost village of Mavrogeorgenanikia, abandoned and comprising an excellent array of ruins for exploration.