(Koufonisi, Koufonisia, Koufonissia) are part of The Small Cyclades Islands, also known as the Little Cyclades, Micro Cyclades. Here It’s all about enjoying life, eating with family and friends, walking, cycling, swimming excellent beaches and making boat trips. Koufonissi Islands consists of three main islands, Kato (Lower) and Pano (Upper) Koufonissi, and Keros. Geographically, it is located on the southeast side of Naxos and on the west side of Amorgos. Uninhabited Keros is a protected archaeological site from which a large number of ancient Cycladic art pieces have been excavated in the 20th century.
The settlement of Agios Georgios (Koufonissi town-Chora) on the southwest coast of Koufonissi is a characteristic example of Cycladic architecture. The exterior surfaces of the houses and all other buildings are painted white and blue in order to match with the boundless blue of the Aegean Sea and create a modern but also magic atmosphere with a popular harbor a good choice of bars, tavernas and some shops. Good looking sandy town beach.
The scenic landscape with the Aegean sea all around. Peace and quiet, but a bit more sparkling than the other Small Cyclades Islands. Even the nightlife is more vibrant, but still low key. Some really nice beaches.
Where to sleep
Koufonissi only village and main port are Agios Georgios (Chora). On one side of the port, the Yacht Marina, and further along the road there are several good places to stay. On the other side of the port quay a wide bay and the Ammos beach (the town beach) Behind the port and the beach, slightly elevated most of the accommodation, tavernas, a supermarket is located.
Follow the coast road along the sea, out from the town, many beaches, with seafront accommodation. Pori Beach area (the furthest away beach) several villas looking over the beach, the sea, and other islands.
Koufonissi can easily be explored by walking about, actually between 3-4 hours to walk around the whole Island. A nice and scenic route is to take the track that runs parallel to Koufonissi’s southern coastline it will give you excellent opportunities to select the “best beach for you”.
If you preferred to speed up, rent a bike. Places for bike rentals located in Koufonissi town. (2016 During the high season, a small privately own bus offers regular routes that cover most beaches).
About Leisure boats
Organised scheduled boat trips from the port daily in the high summer season. Charter a boat with the skipper and visit Cape Xylobatis, on the northern coast, which features many sea caves, the isolated beaches of Kato Koufonissi.
About the Beaches
Pori beach, allegedly the island’s most beautiful beach. Long, with white sand and emerald waters, it is justifiably considered one of the top beaches in the entire Cycladic region. Two café-bar-tavernas, and a small shop. Here are some other lovely beaches to visit, Ammos the town beach, Loutro, Fanos, Parianos, Spilia, and Platia Punta. A day trip (boat) to Kato Koufonissi to discover small idyllic beaches.
Best time to get here
Book accommodation and ferry tickets early, for the high season (July and August) as accommodation and ferry tickets supply is of high demand. From middle May – June and to the middle of September great time to visit Koufonissi islands, not too crowded, nice temperature, the sea is warmer in the autumn. Try to be here the last Saturday of June, the Fisherman Festivities. Join in with the locals who will offer you some tasteful fresh delicacies just fished out of the sea together with the sounds of traditional live music.
Koufonissi has no airport. The nearest islands with airports are Naxos and Paros with connections from-to Athens airport. International flights, charter flights, and low fare airlines use Santorini and Mykonos airports.
Ferry services daily from Naxos during the year if weather permits, increase to several ferries a day during high season. Other Cyclades islands with direct or indirect connection during high season to Koufonissi is Amorgos, Folegandros, Iraklia, Milos Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Schinoussa and Syros. Island hoppers Allow plenty of time for your return flight and always plan and arrange an easily accessible final return port of call. Play safe is the name of the game, allow a minimum at least one clear day to spare or more. Ferries can be cancelled due to very strong winds and so on.
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