Travel to the Small Cyclades, the alternative paradise of the Aegean
In the middle of the Aegean Sea, between Naxos and Amorgos, stretches a small complex of islands, the small eastern Cyclades, of idyllic natural beauty and endless peace and tranquility. Koufonisia, Donoussa, Schinoussa and Heraklia, with their pristine beaches and island, Cycladic architecture, are part of an isolated earthly paradise, which captivates the senses and becomes an inexhaustible canvas of unprecedented experiences and surprises.
The Cycladic finesse and the simple architectural elegance prevail in Ano Koufonisi, where the Chora of the small island welcomes, every visitor and introduces him, directly, to its charming atmosphere. A labyrinth of white, cobbled alleys and picturesque island houses, composes the image of an authentic Cycladic settlement, while the beaches of the crystal clear waters, Ammos, Pounta, Gala and Pori, offer endless moments of recreation.
Within walking distance the uninhabited Kato Koufonisi, with its unchanging and authentic character and a series of wonderful beaches, such as Pezoulia, Detis and Nero, promises to fulfill all expectations, while at the NE end of the island complex Donousa impresses with Cave of the Wall, the archeological findings in Vathi Limenari and the churches of Timios Stavros, Panagia and Agios Ioannis, as its main attractions. Schinoussa dominates in the center of the Small Cyclades, with the two settlements of Panagia and Messaria attracting everyone and the Pirate Cave and the church of the Assumption of the Virgin, with its miraculous image, being points of reference and excellent examples of tourist interest. The beaches of Psili Ammos, Livadi and Mersini, become real recreation oases, as the tiny island of Heraklia at the western end of the archipelago, will become a real sanctuary of the soul, with its heavenly environment. The impressive Castle of Livadi and the magnificent cave of Ai Giannis, will ideally complement the beauty of Heraklia, highlighting the Small Cyclades as a unique destination in the Aegean.
Food and local cuisine
The local cuisine in the Small Cyclades offers many local specialties with excellent quality products. Fish and fresh seafood predominate, cooked in many variations, meat dishes and all this is combined with fine cheese products, such as xinomyzithra and kopanisti. The local sweets are also exceptional, with the doubles occupying a prominent place among the desserts.
When to visit Small Cyclades
Travel to the Small Cyclades during the summer months and enjoy your swim in the wonderful beaches of the islands, as well as water sports and nature excursions.
Moving from/to Small Cyclades
Transportation in Small Cyclades
The Small Cyclades are connected by ferry with the port of Piraeus, with regular itineraries all year round and with the port of Rafina, with seasonal itineraries. At the same time, the Small Cyclades are connected daily with the ports of Naxos and Amorgos.
In the Small Cyclades you will not need a means of transport. Walk and discover the beauties hidden in the islands, taking advantage of the short distances. You can rent a bicycle, while with a rented boat, go around the islands and visit all the inaccessible beaches. In Koufonisia there are also sea taxis, which serve the same purpose.