Eddie Cantor’s quote fits in well here.
Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going to fast – but you also miss the sense of where you are going and why
here you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and slow down the pace. Schinoussa is quiet and peaceful. Daily boat trips are available to nearby islands and beaches. Hiking, walking in nature is good here. Schinoussa is included in Natura 2000, an EU wide network of nature protection areas more here. Since 2012 rock climbing has been developed in the Charaka gorge.
Panagia Village (Hora) is the capital of the island, 1.2km from the port. Traditional Cyclades architecture, white houses, blue doors, and window frames, narrow lanes. A few shops, a bakery and some good food tavernas.
The smaller inland village (hamlet) Messaria, many houses are old Cycladic-style houses but also a few new constructions due to the growing tourism industry.
Mersini village was once an old pirate hideout. Today, Mersini is the ferry port for the Island. Accordingly, the sheltered, windless harbour is considered to be one of the best natural inlets for anchoring smaller boats in the Aegean Sea. Due to the growing demand for tourist facilities Mersini, slowly increase smallish family-owned apartment block year on year and of good tavernas and grocery stores.
Schinoussa comfortable stay
Stay in Mersini, surrounded by a lush garden the family-owned Mersini Rooms to be found behind the popular Mersini taverna. All (five) good standard, well-equipped rooms, include air condition. Off the ferry, check-in, enjoy your Schinoussa stay!
Stay on Livadi beach. Schinoussa Guest House with 3 apartments is a lovely place and the beach is within 35 meters. 2 first floor apartments and one on the ground floor. Nicely decorated and some antique furnishing.
The newly built Nostos Studios is just a few steps away from the sandy beach Livadi and close to Schinoussa Guesthouse. Discrete luxury, queen size beds with high-quality bedding. Spacious studios with large balconies and glorious views.
If you prefer to stay more inland look for places to stay in Panagia (Chora) and Messaria.
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Schinoussa a tranquil bliss
About walking, cycling
The island has no public transport facilities. Schinoussa is a small island, with easy walks or for faster transport, hire a bike. From Chora/Panagia, 1km trail with superb views of Ofidoussa and Agrilos islets, ending at Livadi beach, 20 minutes walk or less. From Chora to the Mersini port, easy walk and does not last more than 20 minutes.
About rock climbing
Near Tsigouri beach. The spot is near the sea and it has a breathtaking view and natural beauty. The climbing center consists of more than 40 routes with difficulty level reaching up to 7c. You can use the climbing center for free with your own equipment. There is no instructor on site.
About the Beaches,
Plenty of good beaches, sandy or pebbly, easily accessible, within 20 to 30 minutes walk.
Tsigouri beach the most popular beach, located within 600-700 meters from Chora/Panagia.
Livadi, sandy beach is on Schinoussa’s southwest coast, about 1km. from Chora/Panagia.
The beaches of Gerolimnionas, Fykio, Avlaki Tou Papa and Psili Ammos – some consider Psili Ammos the most beautiful of the island.
About Aeolia leisure boat
and other leisure boats that offer daily boat trips around Schinoussa and to nearby islands. Boat trip to the nearby islets of Ofidoussa, Agrilos, and Aspronissi have been designated as areas of particular natural beauty and are especially suitable for scuba diving
About Local Specialties
excellent farming products beef, pork, cheeses such as ladotyri, xinotyro and kopanisti, and honey. Schinoussa is especially famed for its goat’s meat and Fava beans.
How to get here
Schinoussa arrival and return days direct 3 times a week Piraeus, Paros, Naxos with Blue Star Ferries.
Everyday direct Naxos, Irakleia, Koufonissi, and Amorgos (except Sunday) with the Express Skopelitis and 3 days a week from Donoussa (Every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday) also with Express Skopelitis
There is no airport on Schinoussa. Domestic flight to Naxos from Athens, (Naxos airport about 2km from the port). International and charter flight to Mykonos and Santorini. Any ferry to Naxos, if you arrive Naxos before 14:00 hour, then take Express Skopelitis departure 14:00 hours from Naxos arriving Schinoussa just before 16:00 hours.