Kiato. Kiato is a town on the coast of the Corinthian bay, about twenty kilometres northwest of the city of Corinth in the Peloponnese, Greece. Kiato belongs to the Municipality Sikiona which has about twenty thousand inhabitants, in Kiato itself live about ten thousand people. It is a commercial town with many shops and there is also industry.
In the summer, however, the city is flooded with tourists from Athens who come here to enjoy a holiday. Kiato is easily accessible from Athens, because every hour there is a bus. In addition, it is easily reached by train from the port of Piraeus.
The city consists of three districts, which are the neighbourhoods of Neapoli in the West, Tragana in the south and Agios Ioannis in the east. The town lies in a fertile area surrounded by grape groves, lemon trees and orange trees. The port of Kiato is mainly used as a trading port to export local agricultural products and to import raw materials for local industry.
The main attractions at Kiato are the archaeological museum of Kiato, the archaeological excavations at Sykiona, the forest of Mouggostou on the route to Stymfalia high in the mountains, the theatre of Ancient Sykiona (one of the largest theatres of ancient Greece) and the Holy Monastery of Lechova which is located at a thousand meters altitude. The best beaches are in the west of Kiato, the most popular beach here is Diminiou, where beach chairs and umbrellas are for rent.
Text: Yorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Revised by Maxine van Hoften Gee