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Small Cyclades

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Between Naxos and Amorgos, several small islands with great history known as the East Small Cyclades, are waiting to be discovered. Donoussa, Pano Koufonissi, Schinoussa, Iraklia are the only ones populated. The locals are friendly and hospitable and they are waiting to welcome you in their unique way. Small Cyclades have natural beauties that make them stand out among the rest of the Aegean islands.

The numerous leeward beaches, where you can relax and swim in their crystal clear waters will fascinate you with their different shades of blue and turquoise; paths that lead to mystic places; delicious local dishes and tasty natural products, leaving you craving for seafood that one can enjoy by the sea or at villages, next to picturesque white houses and small churches.


Navigational Aids



Dufour 455 Economy

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Sailing Yacht for Charter

  • Berths 9
  • Built 2007
  • Length 45.00 ft

Stavros is the harbor of Donousa. It has a small quay where one can go stern-to, however; the harbor is not well protected and receives a good amount of swell.

Koufonisi Harbor

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Port

Athena 38 Economy

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Catamaran for Charter

  • Berths 8
  • Built 2005
  • Length 38.00 ft

Kato Koufonisi Anchorage

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Anchorage

Plane Wreck at Irakleia

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Wreck

The cove of Alimia in the northeastern part of Iraklia hides an hydroplane of World War II, 9 meters underwater. The plane crashed after a battle with British aircrafts in September 1943.

Kyma cafe at Donousa

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Cafe

Kyma Cafe (Wave in greek) is an old traditional cafenion along the sea. It operates as a cafe, a mini market and a restaurant.

The beach in Stavros (the port and “capital” of Donousa) has no reasons to envy the other beaches of the island. Fine white sand and emerald green waters.

Located on the South coast. Sandy beach with natural shade from trees and shallow water (ideal for families and children), completely sheltered from the breeze.

The beach is located at the south part of Iraklia, in the homonymous cove of Merichas. It is a small steep pebbled beach surrounded by steep cliffs making the scenery stunningly imposing.

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Vorini Spilia is a sandy beach in the north of the island not far from Agios Gorgios. The beach is not always very clean because of the strong northern winds that usually blow over it.

Mersini beach is a small remote cove to the western side of the island. very close to Mersini village.

A quiet beach with white pebbles and turquoise, is accessible only by boat. In this deserted beach nobody bothered if people nudism a and probably you will be alone.

At the end of the route that usually makes the boat is Nero, a savage and the most remote beach ofthe island. There you will see several tents, but as it may, there is room for everyone.

A small picturesque harbor and fishing boats moor only excursion boats that carry visitors to the beautiful beaches. Feature attraction is the church of Virgin Mary located on the jetty and is built on ancient ruins.

Parianos beach is set on the south west coast of Koufonissia and it consists in a large sandy beach naturally protected from the winds as it is in fact the harbor where the small fishing boats are anchored. This place is ideal for families with young children and people who do not like transportations.

It is a quaint, remote cove, with no shore, ideal for underwater fishing and trekking. In the old days the cove and the nearby Marousou Cave, were served as a shelter for pirates.

Only by foot or by boat: these are the only ways to reach the beach of Pezoulia. If you chose the second, you’d better prefer the left side (from your perspective) of the bay, not only to enjoy the beach but also to take the way that will lead you to Aloni; it’s a large plateau with a huge fig and a sealed well.

Pisina beach is exactly what its name implies: a pool (the Greek word for 'pool" is "pisina"). Located on the eastern side of the island, it boasts an amazingly beautiful and naturally carved shape of a round pool.

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Loutro Beach is not really suitable for swimming. There is a caique repair yard in the bay and the beach is covered with uncomfortable big stones.

Just 200-300 meters separate the headlamps from the shores of the Italian or otherwise Platia Punta. The trail moves along the coast and goes side by 2-3 small individual 'pools' with pebbles or sand, fringed by rocks, which they prefer mainly nudist.

Pori Beach at Koufonisi

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Beach

Large golden sands north of the island. Previously, as was the farthest from the harbor, was an earthly paradise.

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Psili Ammos beach is the jewel of Schinousa Island. It is located in a small remoted bay to the north-east of Chora, about 30 minutes walk away.

Single beach and relatively easy access from a wonderful trip around the half hour from Madonna - Heraklion. There is no any kind of organization so you need to arrange for the necessary (water, sunscreen, umbrella, hat, medicine and food).

Agios Georgios Beach

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Beach

Agios Georgios beach is located right next to the port, on the north eastern part of the island. Its waters are blue and greenwhile the shore is covered by glittering golden sand.

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Large sandy beach with shallow crystal clear waters stretching in length and width. The islet Venetiko front and the opposite view Schinoussa complete the scene.

"The beautiful Livadi beach does not disappoint those, who search of quiet and relaxing vacation. What makes it even more special are its tall, lush trees offering plentiful shade.

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Livadi Beach is one of the longest beaches on Donousa. It is situated next to the village of Mersini, about 20 minutes walk from it.

On the east coast. Microscopic coast at the northernmost tip of Schinoussa, just opposite the island Fidousa.

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Alimia Beach at Irakleia

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Beach

Beautiful sandy beach with clear blue waters. The extensive sandy beach suitable for swimming and rest only.

Almyros consists of two small sandy beaches, separated by rocks in the middle. It has blue-green waters and some tamarisk trees for shade (most of them at its northern half).

On the east coast. From the beach you will see Liolios narrow dirt road that goes west and takes you on three sandy beaches Aligarias, which separates cliffs.

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From the port of the country take the road that goes east and found the Ammos, a small sandy beach with shallow waters that seem to embrace the fishing boats. It is preferred for the shallow waters for families with children.

This is the next beach after Lioliou, they are separated by a small rocky outcrop. The beach is a mixture of sand a pebbles, it is a little deep and the waters have a exciting colors.

Beautiful sandy beach with crystal clear waters. Located about ten minutes from the beach of Panagia moor the boat from the top Koufonissi.

Fanos Beach at Foinikas

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Beach

The beach is located about 1.5 km Fanos east of the country.

Fikio Beach at Mesaria

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Beach

Lying to the north of the small village of Messaria, Fikio beach is small, sandy and features wild rocks. It is ideal for some underwater fishing as there are reefs in the open that lend a sparkling green color to the waters.

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Great long sandy beach with turquoise waters. In the end, a small pier, fishing boats moor or scullery doing regularly.

Fountana beach is located to the east part of the island with easy access through a dirt road. It is a sandy beach approximately 40m.

Fikio is a small cove close to Mersini village. This is a pretty remote beach with clean water and surrounded by a rocky landscape.

Located on the south side of the island overlooking the Naxos. Beautiful secluded beach that has nothing to do with culture and a lot of the local boats do not extend that far.

Gala Beach at Koufonisi

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Beach

On your quest for good beaches in Koufonisia, you can go from Platia Pounda to Pori and continue to a small beach called Gala. Gala means milk in the Greek Language and the beach gets this distinctive name from the frothy waves that one can see in the interior of the caves.

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Gerolimnionas is a beautiful untouched beach located 3km from Chora and can be reached after almost a 30 minutes' walk following the dirt road and then the narrow scenic path. It is sandy and its turquoise waters make it ideal for snorkeling and spear fishing.

The largest beach on the island, ten steps from the village, for those who doesn't want to walk a bit further. Great beach with amazing sand and turquoise waters.

Kalotaritissa Beach

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Beach

Sapounochroma and Mesa Ammos are two beaches in the area of Kalotaritissa northern leeward but thanks to Skoulonisi in front of the beaches. But the star here is the Tripiti (Vlychos): The top sand Kalotaritissa, with free camping, bathing suits are unnecessary.

Karvounolakos beach is set on the south part of the island between Alimia and Merichas. This sandy beach is small and not organized but has marvelous waters alluring you to stay for hours in them! Around the coast you will see the stunning black rocks while its coast is of pretty light hues creating a unique contrast.

Kedros Beach at Donousa

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Beach

Kedros is a sandy beach about 1 km away from Starvos village. It is the largest beach on Donousa and it has turquoise green water.

On the east coast. Going down by Country, instead turn left, go right and you will get sandy, surrounded by rocks, beach Lioliou.

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A small gulf near the Cave of the St. John.

Sea Caves at Koufonisi

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Cave

It is a complex of many small caves accessible only by boat. The most gorgeous ones are Gala, Pisina and Mati tou Diavolou (the eye of the devil).