The local residents still subsist mainly through fishing and agriculture, though there are some excellent facilities for tourists. Many people from Athens have made the island a holiday destination for years, and the only realy way to reach the island is by ferry from the Greek capital. A statue of the Lion of Kea, known locally as the Lionda, is one of the major landmarks, while visitors can even eschew Kea island apartments and stay in a cell of a monastery, if they visit the monks at Panagia Kastriani.
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The island is also notable as the place where the sister ship to the Titanic was sunk. HMHS Britannic, whose original purpose was to be a trans-Atlantic passenger liner, was pressed into service as a Royal Navy hospital ship during World War One. While travelling close to the island of Kea in November 1916, she was struck by either a torpedo or a German mine, sinking with the loss of 30 lives. The wreck still lies in the seas off the shores of the island. The clear blue waters off the shores of the island make it a great venue for water sports. Many visitors to Island Kea holiday rentals come here for the scuba diving and sailing on offer, while fishermen can test themselves from boats or the shoreline. Koundouros is a particularly good location for such watery activities.
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Keeping hunger at bay is also not hard on this island, which has some excellent produce and cuisine to enjoy. Guests staying in Kea Island villas should make sure that they try the local pork speciality, a dish called Paspala. Sausages and the local cheeses should also be tried, and there are some mouth-watering local sweets made with honey. Other local products include crafted items such as handmade ceramics, wood and leather goods. Anyone who wants to see what Greece has to offer to visitors, but does not want to have to cope with rampant tourist commercialisation, should head for a stay in some Island Kea holiday rentals. The great food and sunshine alone should see anyone heading back to work feeling refreshed and wonderfully revived.
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