To the west part of Syros – just 9 km from Hermoupolis – we meet Kini, a picturesque seaside fishing village, with a sandy shore, awarded with the Blue Flag, proof of a clear and well organised shore. There are small taverns, restaurants and cafés where one can enjoy the unique in harmony of colours sunset while drinking coffee or ouzo.
Before reaching the village, you meet Saint Barbara’ s Monastery, built last century, where you can admire the remarkable icons depicting the Saint’s life. In the monastery there is an exhibition of handmade textiles made in the traditional loom.
In the village hill there is the church of the Assumption of the Virgin which is celebrated on 15th August.
About 100 m off the shore of the village there is the ‘’Fishing Boats, Tools, Aquatic Organisms and Oysters Museum’’, a unique museum of its kind in the Cyclades.
In Kini the cultural activities are many as the active Nautical Ecologic Cultural Club of Kini organises various events and exhibitions during the summer. On 29th June is Saint Peter’s festival, an event for the local people and the visitors with great success. The procession of the Saint’s icon is done by caique in Kini bay accompanied by other decorated boats. Wine, fish soup, and paelia are offered during the festival and the entertainment includes live music, singing and dancing. On 15th August the old custom ‘’Fotarides’ comes to life. Every family builds bonfires in tins which they place on the coping of their houses, while the children undertake the decoration of the beach and the stone parapets.