Koufonisia

The Cycladic gem

Koufonissi, la pépite cycladique

Between the imposing and busy Naxos and Amorgos, Koufonissi is a hidden treasure. A little gem that comes alive in the morning and evening, a succession of superb beaches and natural pools sculpted in the rocks and a sea with even more stunning blues than in Naxos. It has managed to retain its authenticity, its relaxed lifestyle and its bohemian spirit. Right in the middle of the tourist bustle, Koufonissi is our Cycladic gem.

Koufonissi - Sorokos bar - Chair

With its hippie chic atmosphere and its typically Cycladic architecture, Koufonissi captivates with the beauty of its sea. Barely disembarked from the Skopelitis Express, the smallest ferry in the Cyclades, we arrive on a beach where the water is as turquoise as in the Caribbean.

Koufonissi - Bateau - Mer
Koufonissi - Kato Koufonissi - Maison - Portail bleu
Koufonissi - Mylos view
Koufonissi - Ammos beach
Koufonissi - Bateau - Mer
Koufonissi - Kato Koufonissi - Maison - Portail bleu
Koufonissi - Mylos view
Koufonissi - Ammos beach

The island is entirely pedestrian. From its only village and in an hour’s walk along the water, you reach the bay of Pori, a sublime lagoon at the eastern tip of the island.

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Koufonissi - Portait
Koufonissi - Paralia Pori - Kid on the Beach
Koufonissi - Paralia Pori - Kalofego restaurant
Koufonissi - Paralia Pori - Wave restaurant
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Koufonissi - Portait
Koufonissi - Paralia Pori - Kid on the Beach
Koufonissi - Paralia Pori - Kalofego restaurant
Koufonissi - Paralia Pori - Wave restaurant

One hour or 4 days…! This path on the surface of the water runs through a succession of superb beaches, coves, caves and taverns so charming that you might want to try them all!

Koufonissi - Paralia Italida - On the beach
Koufonissi - Poulpes
Koufonissi - Paralia Italida - Banc - Mer
Koufonissi - Restaurant - Porta Koufonisi
Koufonissi - Paralia Finika - Banc
Koufonissi - Inventure's bay
Koufonissi - Restaurant - Hondros Kavos
Koufonissi - Paralia Italida - On the beach
Koufonissi - Poulpes
Koufonissi - Paralia Italida - Banc - Mer
Koufonissi - Restaurant - Porta Koufonisi
Koufonissi - Paralia Finika - Banc
Koufonissi - Inventure's bay
Koufonissi - Restaurant - Hondros Kavos

Halfway, the beach of Platia Pounta (Italida for local residents) is often considered as the most beautiful one. Perfect golden crescent with turquoise waters with a magnetic view of the neighboring island of Keros. Do not be surprised on the beaches of Koufonisia: the distinction between naturists and textiles is not established and everyone bathes at their convenience, closer to nature.

Koufonissi - Fanos Beach - Enfant
Koufonissi - Fanos Beach - Bike
Koufonissi - Fanos Beach - Enfant
Koufonissi - Fanos Beach - Bike

The Forbidden Island

From Koufonissi, the gaze is drawn and curiosity aroused by the neighboring island of Keros. All the more mysterious since it is only accessible to archaeologists. Nearly a quarter of the statuettes of the enigmatic Cycladic civilization found come from Keros. This civilization of the Bronze Age is mainly known only through its graceful idols, marble statuettes of a surprising modernity which inspired Brancusi and Modigliani. The Flute Player and the Harpist, the best known, are on display at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens.

The Forbidden Island

From Koufonissi, the gaze is drawn and curiosity aroused by the neighboring island of Keros. All the more mysterious since it is only accessible to archaeologists. Nearly a quarter of the statuettes of the enigmatic Cycladic civilization found come from Keros. This civilization of the Bronze Age is mainly known only through its graceful idols, marble statuettes of a surprising modernity which inspired Brancusi and Modigliani. The Flute Player and the Harpist, the best known, are on display at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens.

If the island is entirely pedestrian, the local caïques are to be tried at least once during the stay. You can use these river shuttles at will to go from one beach to another. Good-natured and very friendly atmosphere on board!

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Koufonissi - Paralia Italida N&B - Caïque
Koufonissi - Paralia Italida N&B - Caïque
Koufonissi - Bateau - Intérieur
Koufonissi - Bateau - Détail
Koufonissi - Caïque - Portrait - Kato Koufonissi

Kato Koufonissi is the twin island of Pano Koufonissi, almost deserted.
We find there, it seems, the atmosphere that Pano Koufonissi had when it was the best kept secret of the Cyclades. Visitors come here to taste its alternative atmosphere, its unique and delicious tavern as well as its virgin beaches. Linger there until nightfall on the Hawaiian beach. Suspended and magical moment by moonlighting along the island of Keros on the caïque on the way back.

Koufonissi - Kato Koufonissi - Maison
Koufonissi - Kato Koufonissi - Venetsanos Tavern
Koufonissi - Kato Koufonissi - Venetsanos Tavern
Koufonissi - Kato Koufonissi - Venetsanos - Groupe
Koufonissi - Kato Koufonissi - Venetsanos - Couronne
Koufonissi - Kato Koufonissi - Venetsanos - Echec
Koufonissi - Kato Koufonissi - Venetsanos - Table
Koufonissi - Kato Koufonissi - Venetsanos - Table
Koufonissi - Kato Koufonissi - Venetsanos - Ruelle
Koufonissi - Kato Koufonissi - Venetsanos - Ruelle
Koufonissi - Kato Koufonissi - Venetsanos - Bun
Koufonissi - Kato Koufonissi - Venetsanos - Bun

The only village on the island, Chora, is typical of Cycladic architecture.
Far from the tourist effervescence of the neighboring islands, it has managed to preserve an authentic and lively soul with its houses refreshed each year with whitewash by its welcoming residents. In the evening, the coolness arriving, we stroll with delight in its main street lined with bars, shops and restaurants.

Koufonissi - Rue Village - Portait marche
Koufonissi - Rue Village - Portait marche
Koufonissi - Rue village - Mur blanc - Soleil
Koufonissi - Rue village - Maison bleue - Casquette
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Koufonissi - Rue Village - Portait groupe

Koufonisia awakens to tourism by cultivating its gentleness and refined authenticity while offering the face of the Cyclades on a human scale. Without buses or scooters, it’s a place where you come to recharge your batteries and taste the deliciously alternative atmosphere of the island. Bathing, sharing convivial moments with local residents, feasting on authentic and tasty cuisine, this is the trilogy that life on this island boils down to.
We could stay here forever!

Koufonisia cultivates its sweetness of life and its refined authenticity while offering the face of the Cyclades on a human scale. Without buses or scooters, it’s a place where you come to recharge your batteries and taste the deliciously alternative atmosphere of the island, far from the tourist trails. Bathing, sharing convivial moments with local residents, feasting on authentic and tasty cuisine, this is the trilogy that life on this island boils down to.
We could stay here forever!

Koufonissi is

2.5 km long by 2 km wide

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Where is Koufonissi located? In the Small Cyclades (together with Donoussa, Schinoussa and Iraklia islands) archipelago in Greece, surrounded by the islands of Naxos and Amorgos.

How to get to Koufonissi? By boat, from: Astypalea (1h25), Paros (1h35), Santorini (1h40), Mykonos (1h45), Naxos (2h30), Athens Piraeus (4h55)

How to travel on the island ? Koufonisia is a small flat island. Traveling on foot is easy and pleasant. To move from beach to beach, you can also take one of the many caïques.

Where to sleep and eat? Eros Keros, certainly the most beautiful boutique hotel on the island with its 4 discreet luxury villas and bespoke hotel service.
Gitonia tis Irinis, an adorable guesthouse with whitewashed walls tinged with blue, by the sea.
Tavern Kapetan Nikolas, family tavern opened since 1988 with a large terrace.
Tavern Mixalios, very good tavern that serves meat.
Kalofego, a pleasant beach bar and restaurant that offers a delicious shady stopover in Pori Bay.
Sorokos, the bar on the port. You can’t miss it, it’s the place to be in the evening. However, we prefer its more intimate atmosphere at breakfast.
Mylos, on the heights, between the port and the shipyard. Old mill transformed into a bar that serves good brunch with a very nice view to start the day.

The book to take in your suitcase? Ernest Hemingway ‘s Garden of Eden

The song to include in his playlist? Don’t think twice, it’s all right by Bob Dylan.

And especially where to drink your Spritz? Wow, so there are so many cool options here that it’s hard to choose! After dinner, we recommend having a cocktail at Scholio, a small stone bar set up in the old village school at the end of the village’s main street.

If I had known, …

I would have checked my reservations, there is another island called Koufonissi in Greece… but off Crete.

I would have taken a large time amplitude between my boat and my return flight. The Aegean Sea is sometimes very capricious.

I would have continued 100m further, on the other side of the promontory of Pori beach for the very photogenic caves of Xilopatis. Do not hesitate to venture on the coast to seek the best isolated spot by not being afraid to browse the rocks.

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