Schinoussa. Schinoussa is a very small island located south of Naxos. It lies between the other small islands of Iraklia and Koufonissia. The inhabitants of Schinoussa are originally from the island of Amorgos. The inhabitants are mostly farmers, herders and fishermen.
It is very quiet on this island. There are three hamlets where people live - Panagia, Mersini and Mesaria. The port of Schinoussa is Mersini. It is located one and a half kilometers (almost a mile) from the capital Panagia (Chora of Schinoussa).
Panagia is a picturesque village with whitewashed houses and narrow alleyways. In Panagia you’ll find traditional Greek cafes, taverns and many shops.
Schinoussa is an island with low hills. The highest peak is Mylos, which is only 133 meters (436 feet) high. Schinoussa is not so touristy, although there are rooms and hotels available.
Those who love walking should come here a few days or overnight. A longer stay should only be planned if you seek absolute quietness and rest.
The main attraction of the island is the church of Panagia tis Akathis. There is also an ethnological museum and you can see the remains of a castle from the Middle Ages.
Although Schinoussa is very small (9 km2/3.5 mi2), the island has many (about 15) strikingly beautiful beaches. These are the beaches Psili Ammos, Almyros, Fonta, Tsigouri, Lioliou, Portokali, Livadi, Alygaria, Bazeou, Pori, Gero Limnioans and others. The most beautiful beaches are in the south and almost all are sandy beaches.
If you want to stay on the island, there are small hotels and rooms for rent.
Just off the coast of Schinoussa are a number of smaller islands, such as Fidou, Aspronisi and Agrilou.
Schinnoussa is connected by ferry to the ports of Piraeus (Athens), Amorgos, Iraklia, Koufonisi, Naxos and Paros.
Text: Yorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Text edited by Katrina Butzer