Koufonissia, (Introduction): The island of Koufonissia is situated between Amorgos and Naxos and it is probably one of the smallest islands of the Cyclades. Literarily, Koufonissia consists of two small islands parted by a tight sound, Pano Koufonissi, (Upper), and Kato Koufonissi, (Lower). Kato Koufonissi is uninhabited, while Pano Koufonissi is just called Koufonissi or Chora. Koufonissia also include the tiny and uninhabited island of Keros which is a protected archaeological site.
The highest peak on the island is that of mountain Profitis Ilias. In order to get to Koufonissia, you can take the ferry-boat either from Piraeus or Naxos.
The island has a spectacular coastline with many beautiful beaches and blue-green waters, such as the ones of Fanos, Platia Pounta and Pori. Since all the beaches are situated on the south coast they are well protected from the northern wind, ideal for swimming.
Here the visitor can choose from various hotels, cafeterias and tavernas, even though the island is so small. (You can walk around the island in just one morning).
Chora, Koufonissi, is the island’s only settlement, built on the southwestern side, directly above the harbor. The white windmill on the east side of the harbor welcomes the visitors on their arrival. All houses are perfect examples of the Cycladic architecture.
On certain days of the week, it is possible to make day trips to the islands of Ikaria, Naxos and Schinoussa, by using the local ferries.
If you visit the island on the last Saturday of June, do not miss the local festival of «Fisherman’s celebration». It is a unique experience where Greek food and alcoholic drinks are served, (wine rakee, ouzo).