Pathfinder pics: discovering Greece’s Small Cyclades

Traditional Greek fishing boats Conventional Greek fishing boats © Clare Thomson

Lonely Planet Pathfinder, Clare Thomson of Suitcases and Sandcastles, spent every week exploring the tiny island of Koufonisia within the Small Cyclades, one in all our 10 finest locations to go to in Europe.

The Small Cyclades are a few of the smallest islands in Greece. It’s no shock that they’re one in all Lonely Planet’s finest locations to go to in Europe. The 4 inhabited islands of the group (Koufonisia, Iraklia, Schinousa and Donousa) have all the fantastic thing about extra well-known Greek Islands, however not one of the crowds. Hidden between the islands of Naxos and Amorgos, they really feel like an insider secret.

I spent every week right here over the summer season with my household. Koufonisia made the right base for exploring extra of the Small Cyclades – listed below are a few of the highlights!

The color of the ocean

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The primary matter you discover whenever you step off the ferry is the extraordinary color of the ocean – an iridescent aquamarine that tempts you to leap in proper there after which…

Previous traditions on the island’s solely dockyard

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Most people who reside on Koufonisia are fishermen. The islanders right here personal the biggest fishing fleet in Greece in proportion to their inhabitants. That is the island’s solely dockyard the place boats are constructed and mended in the identical manner as they’ve been for many years.

Bounce into the blue gap

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This was one in all our favorite spots on Koufonisia. It’s referred to as the ‘piscina’, which is the Greek phrase for swimming pool. It’s nice for swimming and much more enjoyable to leap into. If you happen to’re feeling courageous, you possibly can dive all the way down to the tunnel below the water and swim by into the open sea. That is simply one of many many stunning stops alongside the coastal path from Koufonisia’s solely village. The trail takes you previous all of the island’s finest seashores – every extra stunning than the final!

Stroll across the coast to the island’s prettiest harbour

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Koufonisia is such a small island (it solely covers two miles), that there’s just about no site visitors. There’s just one taxi for your complete island and most of the people stroll or cycle. However you’ll find loads of boats. We discovered this beautiful harbour by taking the much less trodden path across the west coast of the island.

Take a ship to a abandoned seashore

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If you happen to choose your seashores with no person else on them, you’ll discover a extra Robinson Crusoe sort expertise on Kato Koufonisia, a 20-minute boat trip throughout the ocean from Ano Koufonisia, the primary island. Kato Koufonisia is uninhabited, however boats will take you to one in all a number of seashores. That is the ferry deck for our cease on Nero seashore.

Return in time on the charming island of Schinousa

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You’ll be able to simply go to a few of the different islands within the Small Cyclades from Koufonisia. A small ferry, the Specific Skopelitis, connects all 4 islands. We spent the day on Schinousa and felt as if we’d found the Greece of the 1950s. It’s just about untouched by tourism, but there’s a pleasant harbour, a small village with whitewashed homes and some tavernas, and 18 seashores to select from!

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