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Geographically located between Naxos and Amorgos, the Small Cyclades are made of four main islands: Iraklia (the biggest island), Schinoussa, Koufonissi and Donoussa (separated by the rest of the islands and located north-east from Naxos).
If you love Greek islands the Small Cyclades are the perfect destination for you. Here you will admire beautiful views and landscapes that will remind you of when Greece didn’t used to be so touristy and the lifestyle was a lot simpler and slower. The combination of beautiful paths, places where to go swimming, siestas and taverns that serve delicious local food, make these islands unique and relaxing like no others.
The islands that are part of the Small Cyclades
No vehicles to move around the islands, just your feet!
There are no public transports, places where to rent a vehicle or taxis. Scooters can only be rented in Iraklia while bicycle renting is very popular in Koufonissi. Last but not least in Donoussa you will find the only bus line that can be found in the Small Cyclades.
Small Cyclades: a unique alternative
The Small Cyclades are considered by many the best alternative if you don’t just want to visit the Cyclades islands. Here you will find beautiful tropical beaches with emerald coloured waters, wonderful landscapes and many archeological sites. Besides these beautiful beaches another reason to visit the Small Cyclades is to visit it’s many paths and excursion routes. Some accommodations include a bus tour of the island you will be staying in. These places are usually really nice and out of reach for most tourists.
Tropical beaches and beautiful nature
The beaches that are spread throughout the islands are incredibly beautiful with a tropical appearance and normally satisfy any type of tourists. Apart from the marvelous beaches and fantastic coasts when visiting these islands you will also be able to admire some beautiful landscapes. If you are planning a relaxing and peaceful vacation there are also many beaches located just nearby the main inhabited centers and ports, this will give you the chance to not have to worry about transportation still enjoying the typical Greek natural beauties and landscapes.
How to get there?
By ferry from Paros: During the summer there are quite a few daily ferries that will take you from the port of Piraeus (Athens) to the Small Cyclades. The journey takes from 6 to 8 hours according to which island you are planning to visit. During the winter the ferries only run twice a week.
By ferry from Naxos: A ferry named Skopolitis leaves on a daily base all year round from Amorgos or Naxos to the Small Cyclades. The arrival of this ship in one of the local ports in usually accompanied by a gathering of local people that come to the port to collect their shopping (that has arrived from the mainland) and welcome the tourists.
By ferry from the other Cyclades islands: A ferry called “Panagia Tinou” makes a weekly trip from other islands of the eastern Cyclades to the small Cyclades. Every Monday it sets from Syros and going through Paros and Naxos reach Donoussa, Amorgos (Egiali and Katapola), Koufonissi, Schinoussa and Iraklia before going back to Syros through Naxos and Paros.
By plane: from the airport of Eleftherios Venizelos you can reach the port of Piraeus in half an hour but if you want to land in an airport that is closer to the small Cyclades then you should book a flight for Naxos or Paros. Last but not least all the islands can be easily reached by helicopter.