This golden, fabled island, birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite, final resting place of generations of resilient farmers, industrious townsfolk, Byzantine refugees and Venetian aristocrats, is revealed in this book from the sky for the first time. The island’s secret ravines and inaccessible peaks, the dozens of more or less deserted villages with their homes and ruins and churches, and the centuries-old olive groves, tended through the generations, are all there from the perspective of the falcons which hover over the island on constant watch. Here are the networks of paths linking villages with fields and orchards, homes and ruins of once impoverished families who departed for distant lands to escape an unsustainable existence. Scattered isolated settlements, some only of a few houses, are slowly succumbing to the elements, engulfed in wild vegetation. A ruined Byzantine capital with a lost golden bell, precariously perched on a mountain ridge, beseeches us to mourn the brave souls who lost their lives defending their homes from marauders. Lonely beaches and coves are lapped by the calm blue Mediterranean. Here is Kythera, in all its beauty and solitude, from above.