Schinoussa (Introduction): The little island of Schinoussa is situated between Iraklia and Koufonisia and belongs to the group known as Small or Minor Cyclades.
According to tradition, it was named after the bushy plant «scino» which can be found all around the island. Others believe that the name was given after the Venetian archon Schinoza.
Schinoussa has a total area of 9 square kilometres and a population of no more than 125 inhabitants. In the old days, the island was a popular base for pirates. In general, it is a low-hilled island with its tallest hill being that of Mylos, (133m. high). The coast is surrounded by small bays and there are several beautiful beaches to visit, 17 in total. Some of the most popular are the ones of Livadi, Tsigouri and Almyros.
Schinoussa consists of two villages, Messaria and Mersini. Mersini is the island’s port, situated in a beautiful lying bay.
The main town, known as Chora, is located right in the centre of the island and is built on top of a hill, only 1,2km. away from the port. From the town, the visitor can follow various donkey tracks leading to some of the wonderful beaches with crystal clear waters.
In order to get to Schinoussa you have to go first in the island of Naxos or Paros, (by getting the ferry-boat from Piraeus or Rafina ports), and then take another boat to Schinoussa.
The visitor can find here, not just the happy faces of the locals, but also all types of facilities, such as tavernas, cafeterias, studios and rooms to let. Do not forget that reservations must be done as soon as possible, since we are talking about a small island.
Schinoussa is an ideal destination for those wishing to have a peaceful vacation away from the crowds and for the lovers of underwater fishing or scuba diving.
The island’s best-known produce are myzithra cheese, meat and «kopanisti», (a spicy cream cheese). As for the local cuisine, do not forget to try the Schinoussa «meletinia», «xerotigana» and «pasteli», all of them being served especially at weddings.