As our ferry approaches the idyllic white washed village, the traditional colourful fishing boats and the pristine aquamarine water of Koufonisia signal a paradise to relax, swim and sample the local cuisine.
At only 3.5 square kilometres in size, Koufonisia is the smallest of the Cyclades islands in Greece. From the port, Megali Ammos beach and the village of Chora are only a five minute walk. With everything so close and accessible it is possible to visit Koufonisia for the day from the nearby islands of Naxos or Amorgos. With very few cars, the island has a very tranquil and relaxed feel about it. We walked from beach to beach; stopping along the way to swim at inviting pebbly coves that are popular with swimmers.
The soft sand and calm aquamarine water makes Koufonisia a perfect swimming destination.
Megali Ammos the main beach is five minutes walk from the port and is only a few minutes walk to the village of Chora.
Only a fifteen minute boat ride from Megali Ammos, Pori beach is another stunning beach to enjoy, with two cafes to stop for lunch or a drink.
Unlike other islands in the Cyclades, there aren’t any beach clubs crowding the beaches. For some portable shade and beach chairs, the supermarket near the port has beach umbrellas for sale for 7 euros.
Whether you go by foot or by traditional boats that leave from the port every 15 minutes, Finikas beach is well worth the trip. There is a great rustic cafe on the beach with tasty local food at very reasonable prices. You can also relax and play a game of cards or read a book under the shade of the bamboo.
Waterfront rooms Koufonisia
Being such a small island, accommodation is very limited. Ensure you book way ahead in Summer. We stayed at Daskalio rooms on the water front with sea views from our balcony. The room was great value at 70 euros a night in July 2017. Visit www.koufonisia.gr for more information on Daskalio rooms and the island.
Local fresh food with views
With beautiful waterfront settings, there are great places to enjoy a meal or a drink.
For breakfast with a view To Kyma cafe, has very good coffee and omelettes .
Afternoon drinks at Sorokos bar on the water front.
Dinner on the water’s edge at Ouzerie restaurant Karnagio is a must, the fresh local fish is cooked to perfection.
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