CYCLADIC APPLIED ARCHITECTURE
Gialiskari Korissias, Kea Island, Greece

Kea (Tzia) Island remained relatively unknown to holiday makers until the end of '70s, with an irregular ferry service to the mainland. In the early '80s more people start to take an interest and our island becomes better known, improving our ferry service along the way.

Tzia has an increasing housing development that has not only its natural beauty but the Cycladic atmosphere, the island colors, and the beaches. It has the advantages of being close to the mainland, to Athens, and to Athens International Airport "E. Venizelos". These advantages have been the incentive for many residents of the Athens greater area, our usual customers, to want a holiday home here with easy and frequent access to it.

There are still large areas that remain untouched by any development and beaches that are accessible only by boat. The "developed arc" can be safely assumed to start at Kambi Beach (Southwest) and end at Spathi Beach (Northeast) for 1 to 1.5 kilometers  from the coast. The rest of the island is developing in much slower pace.

The active settlements on the island are Otzias, Vourkari (which is virtually empty in the winter months), Korissia (Livadi, Port), Ioulis (Chora), Pera Meria, Kato Meria, Ellinika, Agios Symeon, Pisses, and Koundouros. The last census in 2000 recorded 2,425 residents.