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A walk on Koufonisi island, beaches

The picturesque harbor with the blinding turquoise colors is adorned by the freshly painted fishing boats. This island is the smallest of the Cyclades (3.5 km²) and the only one (out of two) that has permanent residents. It is almost flat with its highest peak that of the Prophet Elijah (100 m).

Cars are unnecessary here as almost all distances can be covered on foot or by bicycle. Next to the main beach we will find a shop that rents bicycles by day. Very close to the harbor, in front of the only settlement on the island, Chora, we find the main beach, Ammos, with white sand and emerald waters! After swimming we will enjoy good food at one of the seaside taverns.

The path that takes you at the settlement begins on the main beach. A delicious cheese pie with fresh local cheese from the Bakery that you find along the way is exactly what you need! If you come here in the morning, everything moves at a quieter pace. The top of the hill is adorned by the church of St. George (patron saint of the island). After crossing the main alley we start to descend towards the rear port. At the pier the fishermen cast their nets... Across us we can see Kato Koufonissi. On the right, on the edge of the creek, is the mill and below it the old shipyard...

At night, the alley changes its "face" and becomes filled with people and happy voices. The picturesque taverns, the tsipouro taverns, the café - bars and the souvlaki shop on the corner... spread their tables along this narrow road. The Outdoor Folk Museum is also here.

A hug of exotic beaches....
At Pano Koufonisi, we will discover many enchanting beaches, starting from the central one, on foot, by bike, by boat from the port or with the island’s tour bus. Charokopou Beach (or Charakopou or Phinikas), Fanos, Platia Pounta (or Italida) and finally the large bay in Pori with its wide-spread sand and sea caves.

Between Platia Punta and Pori is "Pisina". This is a stunning bay "embraced" by the rocks while the colors of the water make it seem like a pool. Very close to it is the "Devil’s Cave”, a sea cave where the water foams as it enters the rock...

After Pori, on the outside of a strip of land protruding into the sea at the edge of the bay is the hidden beach with the caves, “Gala”, where the water of the sea becomes white as the water passes beneath the rock.

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For your stay in Koufonisia, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
Close to Koufonisi there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.

There is no road network at Koufonisia. You can explore the island by foot, by boats and by bike.

From Piraeus, trip duration is 8,5 hours. 
Koufonisia can be accessed also the route Milos - Folegandros - Koufonisia - Santorini - Koufonisi - Amorgos and through the route Paros - Naxos - Iraklia - Schinousa - Koufonisia - Katapola.

Different vessels do regular routes mainly in the summer to the beaches of Koufonisi and Kato Koufonisi.

Through the airport of Naxos and then by sea to Koufonisia. 

For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.


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