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Chora and Messaria in Schinoussa

Actually, there is only one real village on Schinoussa, and that is Panagia or Chora as most people say. Messaria is so small so if it should be situated on a bigger island it would not even be on the map. The port, called Mersini, is even smaller and do not count as a village, here are just a few houses, two of them are tavernas. There is also a small beach in the port that is good enough for a swim while waiting for the ferry.


The main street in Chora on Schinoussa in the Small Cyclades.

Main street in Chora.


Chora is a charming little village, it only takes a few minutes to get to know. The main street that runs through the village is basically the only street, in addition there are only a few alleys. I filmed the whole main street one year, I started at one end and walked the street slowly until I reached the end. I met a man on a donkey, a smiling priest and a newborn donkey baby with its mother. When I had filmed the whole village I had used 4 minutes of film. Chora is not bigger than that.


Taverna Kira Pothiti in Chora on Schinoussa.

Taverna Kira Pothiti in Chora.


It is a village that one easily falls in love with, here is a natural charm that is almost impossible not to fall head over heels for. The village lies on a high hill and the view of the sea is spectacular. Along the main street is a few pensions, a few shops, a few tavernas and cafes. Car traffic is minimal, donkeys is still a common means of transport. It is a delight to sit in one of the cafes and absorb the everyday life, stress does not exist, often one becomes seated for a long time.


Restaurant Deli in Chora at Schinoussa.

Restaurant Deli in Chora serves very good Greek food.

Two of the tavernas stand out from the rest: Kira Pothiti and Deli. Kira Pothiti lies strategically on the main street. Deli lies to the right on the main street (if you come from the port). They serves incredible culinary food, so delicious that it is hard to believe that you are in Greece. But you are, it is particularly noticeable when you look out over the breathtaking valley, you see all the way to Santorini. The food is so fantastic that it is worth going here even if you are on another island. Do not miss.


The road that runs between the villages of Chora and Messaria on Schinoussa island.

The road that runs between the villages of Chora and Messaria.


ATM is available. The bakery is on the road to Mesaria. The baker is morning tired, sometimes there is not fresh bread until after eleven in the morning. As you realize, there is no beach in Chora, the nearest beach is Tsigouri.


The Church of Evangelismos in Messaria on Schinoussa in the Cyclades.

Church of Evangelismos in Messaria.


About two kilometres north of Chora lies the tiny village of Messaria where about 20 people live. It takes about 20 minutes to walk from Chora to Messaria.


It takes about 20 minutes to walk from Chora to Messaria.

Main street in Messaria.


Hike to Psili Ammos beach via the village of Messaria.

On a hike to Psili Ammos beach via the village of Messaria.

The village is so small that before you say Kalimera, you have passed the village. Sometimes someone sits outside a house and philosophize, but usually you are only met by some cackling chickens, and possibly one or two donkeys. One taverna lies where the village begins, and one taverna lies in the village. From Messaria it takes about 10 minutes to walk down to Psili Ammos beach. In the vicinity of the village are also the beaches of Gelolimnionas and Fykio.


At Restaurant To Petrino the path down to Psili Ammos beach on Schinoussa begins.

At Restaurant To Petrino the path down to Psili Ammos beach begins.


Restaurant Harama in Messaria is also a hotel and pension.

Restaurant Harama in Messaria also has rooms for rent.


Restaurant To Petrino in Messaria on Schinoussa.

Restaurant To Petrino in Messaria.



The range of hotels and pensions is small. Room renters meet all boats if they have available rooms. As always, it is best to book a room in advance. Then you will be picked up at the port, otherwise you have to walk all the way up to Chora. When I was in Schinoussa last time, I discovered Hotel Harama in Messaria, and then I decided to stay there the next time I travel to Schinoussa.


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Don't miss the sandy beach Psili Ammos when you travel to Schinoussa in the Small Cyclades.

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