Discover the hidden gem of Small Cyclades
Koufonisia remains an undiscovered jewel in the heart of Cyclades. Located on the south side of Naxos and on the west of Amorgos, the islands have easy access and yet are free from mainstream tourism. If you would like to escape from the noise and crowds of a big city, there's no better place to go than Ano or Kato Koufonissi. These tiny islands are the smallest inhabited island in the Cyclades and you certainly don’t need a car to enjoy its tranquility.
They were named Koufonisia [meaning Hollow islands] due to the massive caves that give the appearance of a hollow island to pirates who view them from a distance. Pano Koufonisi (Ano Koufonisi) and Kato Koufonisi are two Cycladic islands in the Aegean sea that are mesmerizing, with breathtaking scenery.
Cycladic architecture flourishes in Koufonisia. All exterior surfaces of houses and buildings are painted white and blue for a beautiful effect. The white and blue paint provides a magical look, perfectly matching the unlimited blue of the Aegean Sea.
Wander away at the island’s exotic beaches
The islands of Koufonisia are often described as the hidden paradise of Greece. They are a top destination for tourists from all over the world.
The south-and-eastern coastline is lined with some of the most stunning beaches in Greece. You'll find sparkling aquamarine waters, soft sand, vibrant cliffs, interesting spots and caves. Along the coastal route, you will also find Pori beach, a long, sandy beach with golden sand and turquoise waters that faces the northern east.
The Italida beach (originally called Platia Pounda) is one of the most crowded beaches on the island. Sandy with aquamarine waters, sheltered from northerly winds, it is better known by its nickname "Italida". The beach got its name because locals traditionally referred to the estate's owner as the "Italian" (Italida).
The “pisina” (“swimming pool” in Greek) is a natural saltwater pool that has been formed by the rocks. The fresh, clear water is constantly renewed from underground. Swimming in the pisina feels special and unique because of its clear water. You'll experience a unique and special feeling as you swim in the water and soak in the majestic view.
Last but not least, with its emerald green water and fine sand, Finikas is the first beach encountered when taking the island’s seaside track away from the town, where the port is located. This popular beach is surrounded by palm trees and is perfect for families.
Fishing is the main economic activity on the island. Their fishing fleet includes large fishing boats, octopus boats, and other fishing crafts. Per capita, this is the largest fishing fleet in Greece. Try fresh seafood and unique dishes at the fish taverns on the island while gazing at the Aegean!
Visit the taverns for fresh fish and seafood delicacies
Greek islands at a short distance from Koufonisia
The deserted small island of Keros is only a short distance away and designated as an archaeological site under protection, as major Cycladic Art figures and artifacts have been unearthed there many times. There you will find rare specimens of the Cycladic civilization such as the ancient ruins of the protocycladic cemetery, the famous statuettes of the Harp player, the Flute player, and the Grand mother. The island has no residents, just sheep and goats roam freely, with beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters.
Want to experience some untouched beauty? Catch the ferry that leaves regularly to Kato Koufonisi. This tiny island has plenty of sheep and goat herds, a picturesque chapel for worshiping the Virgin Mary, and miles of unspoiled beaches. The perfect way to enjoy this is by trying some of the local goat meat, bred right on the island. Spend your stay exploring Nero, Panagia, and Detis beaches. The island is home to a tavern that serves locally-raised goat meat.
When you visit Koufonisia, you'll be able to go to any island in the area of Small Cyclades. Depending on the ferry you take, the travel time ranges from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Visit Schinoussa, Iraklia, and other islands of the Small Cyclades complex.
Plan a day trip to Iraklia, the most untouched Greek island. If you're looking for a peaceful place to relax, slow down, and take in the natural setting, then Irakleia is your place.
How to get to Koufonisia
Getting to Koufonisia is easy. There are regular ferries from the port of Piraeus. Alternatively, you can travel to Naxos, Mykonos or Santorini and take the ferry from there.