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Donoussa in Greece
Donoussa belongs to the Cyclades and is located between Naxos and Amorgos. Donoussa is also included in - together with Koufonissi, Iraklia and Schinoussa - an unofficial group of island called the Small Cyclades.
The surface area is about 13 km2. The island's highest mountain Pappas measures 383 metres above sea level.
Stavros has everything you need, even a nice sandy beach.
Donoussa is the quietest and most serene island in the Cyclades. The island has about 140 permanent inhabitants, the main livelihood is fishing. Tourism is still in its infancy, even though the island has increased in popularity in recent years thanks to the improved boat connections. Many do not know English, yet it is easy to make contact with the locals, the islanders are curious and hospitable just like they are on many other small islands.
Kedros is one of the best beaches.
More and more people are looking for the genuine Greece, and if it's somewhere one will find it, it's on Donoussa. If you are tired of today's stressful and consumption-oriented society, Donoussa can be the answer to your dreams. The word stress is not in Donoussa's dictionary, nor is there anything to shop, so leave the watch and the thick wallet at home. The tranquillity and the genuineness of Donoussa mean melancholy for some, for others it is a paradise.
Kalotaritissa is one of two tiny villages on Donoussa.
You can read more about Donoussa via the links at the end of this page. A short summary of the information comes here:
The easiest way to get to Donoussa is to go by air to Santorini and travel on by ferry to Naxos, which is the major hub for almost all ferry traffic to and from the islands of the Small Cyclades. The small ferry of Express Skopelitis ply the route Naxos, Iraklia, Schinoussa, Koufonissi, Donoussa and Amorgos four to six days a week during the summer months.
There is only one village on Donoussa and it is the port village of Stavros. In addition, there are two hamlets: Kalotaritissa and Mersini, both are so small that they can not be called villages.
Donoussa has not been blessed with many beaches, but those who are keep high quality, and they are child-friendly. Most people choose the nice port beach or head for to the nearby Kedros beach. After Kedros lies Livadia beach which is reached by beach boat during high season. There is also several beaches around Kalotaritissa.
Aside from everyday events, such as when Express Skopelitis or a ferry arrives, there are not so many attractions. I think the island's calm pace and harmony are Donoussa's biggest attractions.
The range of accommodations is wide for being such a small island, and the standard has been raised as new pensions have been built in recent years. There is no problem to find accommodation during the low and mid season, but if you are travelling in high season you must book in advance.
The port of Stavros on Donoussa.
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