THE SMALL EASTERN CYCLADES | GREEK ISLANDS | CYCLADES
Discover the Hidden Gems of the Aegean: Iraklia, Koufonissia, Schinoussa, and Donoussa. A cluster of both inhabited and deserted islets between Naxos and Amorgos.
Nestled between the iconic Greek islands of Naxos and Amorgos lies a serene archipelago waiting to be explored. Welcome to the small Eastern Cyclades – a breathtaking cluster of inhabited and deserted islets that promise an untouched Grecian experience. From the azure shores of Koufonissia to the rugged terrains of Iraklia, these hidden treasures of the Cyclades beckon the modern traveler searching for a tranquil escape. Dive into their rich histories, sun-kissed beaches, and authentic island culture. It’s time to chart a course off the beaten path and uncover the secrets of Greece’s best-kept island secrets.Their unspoilt landscapes and exotic beaches, mainly on Pano and Kato Koufonissi and Donoussa, make them ideal holiday spots for nature worshipers.
Iraklia (95 inh.) is a small fertile island with lovely beaches and translucent water. It has two caves, the more interesting being the cave of Polyphemus the Cyclop (Ai Giannis), which is among the largest in the Aegean. Its spectacular chambers measuring 2,000 sq. m in area contain stalagmites and stalactites of amazing beauty, as well as a little lake.
Also with a few permanent residents are Donoussa (120 inh.), Pano Koufonissi (230 inh.), a former pirate haven, Kato Koufonissi (5 inh.) and Schinoussa.
In recent years, Koufonissi has elegantly transitioned from tranquil landscapes to an island brimming with hip spots. From chic bars to fashion and design stores, it’s quickly becoming the go-to destination for trendsetters and travel enthusiasts.
All enjoy very good beaches. Amongst the uninhabited islands, Keros is the best known as having been one of the main centres of the prehistoric Cycladic civilization; the others are Antikeros, Dryma, the Three Makaries and Daskalio. The main islands have regular ferry connections with Naxos, Amorgos and Piraeus.