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Island hopping in Small Cyclades

Donousa ● Irakleia ● Koufonisi ● Schinoussa ● 22 January 2018

Summer vacation in Greece is a dream trip for thousands of travellers. If Greece is also your dream destination, you may wonder about the crowds of tourists that are everywhere every summer. If you are completely stressed out and you want to find a way to relax and enjoy holidays away from mass tourism, you may think that Greece is not your thing. Well, things are better! Greece has of course some popular islands that attract innumerable visitors, but the good news is that there are still some unspoiled destinations, where you can enjoy the sea and the sun in a scenery that reminds of a virgin heaven. Unorganised secluded beaches, hospitable locals that treat you like being their friend, tiny islands without road network, small villages with traditional taverns serving fresh and cheap seafood and a few rooms to let by the sea. These are Small Cyclades, the sub-complex of undiscovered islands inside the Cyclades, where you can have the unforgettable experience of an off-the-beaten-path Greek Island Hopping , exploring every day a new untouched destination.


Koufonisi is the rising star of the Small Cyclades and the most touristic place of this complex. Turquoise waters, amazing coastline with imposing caves, impressive Cycladic beaches and a constantly developing Chora with little shops, taverns and bars combine authenticity with cosmopolitanism, calmness with fun, unorganised beaches with cozy beach bars. Koufonisi can be your choice if you want to get rest as well as enjoy amazing emerald sea waters and a friendly Chora with young people and vivid nightlife.



Irakleia is the less inhabited destination among the Small Cyclades. With only a few houses around the port, Irakleia impresses its visitors with its virgin landscape and its lonely beaches. Livadi is the best beach of the island, an imposing cove with the clearest waters you can find in Aegean Sea. Plus, Irakleia can offer you the perfect feeling of vacation away from the crowds in a destination that there are only you, your company, the sea and the sun.



In Donousa, you will find total privacy and relaxation. The most beautiful area of Donousa is the southern side of the island, with long exotic sandy bays, such as Kedros and Livadi. The only settlement of the island is the port, an authentic small Chora with some taverns and café-bars to spend calm days and nights discussing with the locals and finding your inner peace. Free-camping, swimming, sunbathing and hiking are the best activities you can make in Donousa.



Schinoussa has the same style with the other Small Cyclades. Secluded long beaches with emerald waters and white sand, small villages, dry landscape and authentic local people. Away from mass tourism, you can enjoy there the beauty of nature and feel that you own the island. Every day, you can eat fresh fish and cheap seafood because the locals are still fishermen. Schinoussa is the ultimate place to meet new people and make friends that have the same attitude of adventurous and alternative traveller with you.

Where to Stay

Appartment in Naxos, Greece Ippokampos Beachfront
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Ippokampos Beachfront
St George Beach, Chora, 84300 Naxos, Greece

Ippokampos hotel is situated right on the sandy beach of Saint George in the main town of Naxos in quiet surroundings 400 m from the town center. The distance from the main port is 800 m and the Naxos Airport is at 2 km.

Studio & Appartment in Andros, Greece St George Studios & Apartments
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St George Studios & Apartments
Batsi, 84500 Andros, Greece

St. George Studios & Apartments are located in a popular resort of Andros, Batsi. The property is within a 10-minute walk from the beach and it offers budget accommodation in a traditional Cycladic building. The distance from the port in Gavrio is 8 km, while Andros town is at 24 km.

Appartment in Andros, Greece Villa Rena
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Villa Rena
Batsi, 84501 Andros, Greece

Villa Rena is located in Batsi, just a 10-minute walk from the beach. Andros Port is 8.3 km away and Andros Town is 23 km away.