Vacations in Koufonisia (Cyclades - Greece)
Koufonisia: A small paradise hidden in the Aegean Sea
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Vacations in Koufonisia island - Koufonisia, A small paradise hidden in the Aegean Sea
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Information On Koufonisia
Koufonisia is an island complex of Upper Koufonisi, Lower Koufonisi and Keros. The Lower Koufonisi and Keros are uninhabited islands, so usually when people say Koufonisia they refer to the Upper Koufonisi. Koufonisia islands belong to the Small Cyclades complex, which also include Donousa, Schinousa and Iraklia.
Koufonisia is synonymous with walking. But that should not worry you, since the island is so small that you can cross it by foot in about 30 minutes. The same goes for Lower Koufonisi where there are no roads at all. However, the fantastic beaches with the emerald water that you will find will make it up to you.
If you find yourselves on Koufonisi on the last Saturday of June then you are in luck, as not only you will avoid the over-crowded high season but you will also coincide with the Fisherman Festivities. There the locals will offer you great delicacies which they will just have fished out of the sea under the sounds of traditional live music.
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Beaches Of Koufonisia
At Koufonisia you will encounter many beaches of tropical beauty with golden sand and emerald water. If you seek seclusion you would prefer the beaches of Lower Koufonisi, which you can reach only by boat.
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Travel To Koufonisia
It is an 8 hour trip by boat from Piraeus. There are also daily ship routes from the near by island of Naxos for Koufonisia, as well as the rest of the islands of Small Cyclades.
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Transportation On Koufonisia (Car Rentals)
The roads only cover a small part of Koufonisia while the distances are small, therefor transportation is not mandatory. Furthermore, most places can be reached by foot, boats and bicycles that you can rent.
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Accommodation On Koufonisia (Hotels, Apartments, Guesthouses, Rooms to let)
Chora is the only settlement on Upper Koufonisi and it is there where most accommodation if found. There used to be a camping on Koufonisia, but not anymore.
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Food & Drink On Koufonisia
Besides extremely fresh fish and sea food, you will taste many local delicacies on Koufonisia like wild goat from Keros stuffed with rice, xinomitzithra (soft white cheese), xerotigana and tomato nuggets.
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What To Buy On Koufonisia
On Koufonisia you can find raki (highly alcoholic drink), pasteli (bars of sesame and honey) and xinomitzithra (soft white cheese), which are made from local products by the locals.
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Attractions On Koufonisia
You can reach Lower Koufonisi island by boat for its marvelous beaches and the single tavern.
A weird geological formation resembling a snail where a tiny pool is formed.
Pisina is a hole in the rocks 3 meters in diameter filled with sea water, like a pool.
A hole on the rocks where sea water passes through in bursts due to the waves.
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Alternative Islands To Koufonisia
Koufonisia is not what you are looking for? Then one of the following nearby islands might interest you:
Naxos (5 klm from Koufonisia)
Schinoussa (8 klm from Koufonisia)
Iraklia (13 klm from Koufonisia)
Amorgos (20 klm from Koufonisia)
Donoussa (23 klm from Koufonisia)
Ios (30 klm from Koufonisia)
Paros (32 klm from Koufonisia)
Sikinos (44 klm from Koufonisia)
Antiparos (46 klm from Koufonisia)
Santorini (52 klm from Koufonisia)
Mykonos (55 klm from Koufonisia)
Anafi (60 klm from Koufonisia)
Folegandros (66 klm from Koufonisia)
Syros (75 klm from Koufonisia)
Tinos (75 klm from Koufonisia)
Sifnos (78 klm from Koufonisia)
Kimolos (88 klm from Koufonisia)
Milos (96 klm from Koufonisia)
Serifos (97 klm from Koufonisia)
Andros (101 klm from Koufonisia)
Kythnos (111 klm from Koufonisia)
Kea (Tzia) (131 klm from Koufonisia)
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Islands Connected To Koufonisia
There is a ferry from Koufonisia to the following islands:
Amorgos (direct connection to Koufonisia)
Folegandros (direct connection to Koufonisia)
Iraklia (direct connection to Koufonisia)
Milos (direct connection to Koufonisia)
Mykonos (direct connection to Koufonisia)
Naxos (direct connection to Koufonisia)
Paros (direct connection to Koufonisia)
Santorini (direct connection to Koufonisia)
Schinoussa (direct connection to Koufonisia)
Syros (direct connection to Koufonisia)
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