PARADISE IN THE HEART OF THE CYCLADES

Once inhabited by pirates, charming Koufonisia is a complex of three tiny islands that belong to the Cyclades complex. The cluster comprises of Pano and Kato Koufonisi and the uninhabited island of Keros, which is a protected archaeological site.

 

Location: The Cyclades

Capital: Hora
Size: 26 km2
Accessibility: By flying to Athens or other islands with airports (Naxos, Mykonos, etc) and taking the ferry to Koufonissia

 

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Kato Koufonissi, a secluded paradise with an almost tropical landscape, is more or less uninhabited. Pano Koufosnisi is the only developed among the three, with about 350 inhabitants, and has become very popular over the last decade. The landscape is enchanting, featuring suburb beaches with crystal clear waters and secluded rocky coves. The main village and port is a picturesque settlement with a sandy beach and a number of restaurants, cafes and bars. The beach of Italida attracts most of the tourists that visit the island. The most distant and impressive is Pori, an almost tropical beach with fine white sand and turquoise waters. The sea caves that were once used as a cache from the pirates, hide a few charming two person bays.

ESSENTIALS


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WE LOVE

The tiny size of the island and the fact that there are no cars on the island, and everybody is moving around by bicycles or on foot.
Having breakfast at "Kalamia" before heading to one of the beaches
The famous Sorocco bar and it\\\'s buzz where everyone is having a cocktail on the pier by the sea instead till dawn.
Having the greatest souvlaki at Strofi, a tiny place in one of the little streets in Hora

 

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LOCAL TIPS

DON\'T MISS: Kato Koufonissi for a peaceful swim at its isolated untouched beaches
Make sure you have enough cash with you as the ATM runs out of money regularly and not many local places take cards.
Enjoy a cocktail at Mylos bar, by an old windmill with a view of the town
IF YOU ENJOY easy going and laid back vacations, staying on the beach all day reading a book and swimming in crystal blue waters, Koufonissia is ideal.
It is not ideal for the types who want organized beach situations and luxurious amenities

 

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