Kiato

 

Kiato is located 22 km west of Corinth and is the seat of the Municipality of Sikyonia. The city's economy is based mainly on trade, but due to its coastal location and short distance from Athens, it attracts a large number of holidaymakers during the summer months. It has a population of about 10,000 inhabitants and occupies most of the coastal part of the Municipality while it is crossed by the rivers Cyril and Elissona. It consists of the main city and three settlements, Naples (west), Tragana (south) and Agios Ioannis (east). The port of Kiato is commercial in nature and serves mainly the export of agricultural products and the import of raw materials for handicrafts of the wider area.

 

Archaeological evidence
An early Christian basilica of the 5th century has been excavated in the thicket of Panagia Kiato. The archeological site of ancient Sikyona and the museum are located in the municipal district of Ancient Sikyona (Vasiliko), about 4 km southwest of Kiato.

This city has existed since the Mycenaean years under the name of Sikyon and experienced great prosperity mainly from the 5th to the 2nd BC century, when the tyrant of the city was Cleisthenes. He promoted great artists, most notably the sculptor Lysippos. The ancient theater of the city survives to this day, which hosts performances during the summer months and every year a world meeting of ancient drama takes place.

Also important sights of the area are: The Aesthetic Forest of Mugosto, which gathers a variety of species of flora and fauna, the Holy Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Lechova (built on the east side of Mount Titan or Veseza at an altitude of 1050m).


Access
Access to Kiato is easy, as it is served by KTEL buses from Athens every hour and from Corinth every half. There is also a suburban railway station, running every hour from Athens. At present, it is the terminal of the suburban railway. Olympia Odos offers direct access to Kiato from Athens and Patras.