Donoussa in Greece

Donoussa in Swedish.
Donoussa in Greece.

Donoussa belongs to the Cyclades and lies between Naxos and Amorgos. Donoussa belongs in turn - together with Koufonissi, Iraklia and Schinoussa - an unofficial group of islands called Small Cyclades. The surface is about 13 km2. The island's highest mountain Pappas measuring 383 m above sea level. Here live about 140 people year-round, most working with fishing and tourism.

Of the four islands in Small Cyclades, Donoussa is the one that have the worst ferry connections; it depends on that the island lie a bit out-of-the-way and therefore there are not many who travel there. Tourism is still in its infancy. Although the island has increased in popularity in recent years, in particular the number of families with children who are tired of Koufonissi where tourism has grown tremendously in recent years go to Donoussa instead.

If you have visited Koufonissi you will be reminded of the island when you visit Donoussa. The islands are not completely different: a small port village with a few houses and streets, a nice sandy beach that divides the village, little traffic and child-friendly beaches.

The easiest way is to go by air to Santorini, and from there by ferry to Naxos, which is the junction for almost all ferries to and from the Little Cyclades. The small ferryboat Express Skopelitis works the route between Naxos, Iraklia, Schinoussa, Koufonissi, Donoussa and Amorgos three to five days a week during the summer months.

Kedros beach. Donoussa.

Kedros beach is close to Stavros.

Another option is to go by air to Athens and then take the ferry from Piraeus, the port of Athens. The best Greek shipping company Blue Star Ferries operates Donoussa up to three times a week.

Link to the boat timetable at the bottom of the page.

Book ferry tickets online here »

There are a bus, but no taxis and no cars or mopeds to rent. There are hardly any roads and almost no cars. In other words, you will have to walk, or take the bus to Kalotaritissa and Mersini.

There is only one real village on Donoussa and it is the port, Stavros. There are also two smaller settlements: Kalotaritissa and Mersini, both are so small that they can hardly be called villages.

Kalotaritissa northern Donoussa consists of a few houses, there are no shops, but there is a tavern and three beaches. The village is nice, and the bus trip there offers beautiful views of the sea.

Kalotaritissa. Donoussa.

Kalotaritissa in northern Donoussa.

Port beach in Stavros. Donoussa.

The sandy beach in the port.

Mersini is even smaller than Kalotaritissa and is located between Stavros and Kalotaritissa. Despite the village's small size, there are two taverns. The best is Tzi Tzi and they serve very good food, so good that many go there in the evenings. Under Mersini is the nice beach of Livadia.

Stavros is also small and the village only takes a few minutes to discover. Here are a few tavernas - most of them are located in direct proximity to the port - one ouzeria, one cafe, one souvenir shop, one mini market with to say the least a poor supply, one travel agency, one ATM and several pensions. More than that, it is not. Time seems to stand still; absolutely nothing is happening that has not already happened the day before.

There are not many beaches, but those who exist are good and child friendly. Kendros beach is located a 15-20 minute walk from Stavros and it is the best beach on the island. There is a taverna. Further on is Livadia beach, which can be visited by bathing boat in high season. Nudism and wild camping is common in both Kendros beach and Livadia beach.

The beach in the port is one of the best beaches on the island and it is popular with families with children because it is close to home and close to the tavernas.

Livadia beach. Donoussa.

Livadia beach, which you reach by bech boat.

No sights except when there is a ferry in the port. :-)

People with rooms for rent will meet up the ferries in the port. If you want to look for a place to stay by yourself, you find most options on the other side of the port beach. In low and middle season, it is no problem to find rooms, but if you are travelling during high season, you should book in advance.

Here are three suggestions for accommodation in the port.

Ammos Studios »

Iliovasilema Studios »

Makares »

Book other hotels, studios and apartments on Donoussa here »

Express Skopelitis. Donoussa.

When Express Skopelitis arrive, everyone is in the port

Stavros on Donoussa.

Stavros on Donoussa.

Ferry timetable »

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Photos from Donoussa »

Accommodation on Donoussa »

Naxos - nearest island »

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