The small and quiet island of the small Cyclades, Schinousa, is an ideal destination for relaxing and peaceful holidays. This traditional island with the few and hospitable locals, although small, has a good touristic infrastructure. In Schinousa you will find beautiful and quiet beaches. Some of them have a tavern and maybe a café while most of them are secluded. You can wander in the alleys of Hora and admire the view of the endless sea, visit the Cave of the Pirate or the church of Panagias Akathis. The beauty of the island will surely enchant you. You should not miss the chance of tasting the local dishes in Schinousa which are exceptional or the fresh fish which are in abundance on the island. If you too want to spend unforgettable holidays in Schinousa all you have to do is book your ferry tickets now.
The Schinousa port
You can easily and comfortably travel by ferry from Piraeus and the surrounding islands to Schinousa. You can also book your ferry tickets online via aktoploika.gr so you can have a journey more relaxed and carefree. The journey from Piraeus to Schinousa lasts about 8 hours and Mersini, its port, is a very safe one.
Connection With Other Islands
Schinousa has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus (Athens), Amorgos, Donoussa, Iraklia, Koufonisia, Naxos, Paros.
You can now book ferry tickets online for Schinousa via Aktoploika.gr. If you plan to travel during July and August, it's best if you have booked several days or weeks earlier to avoid hitches. You should also know that round-trip/return ferry tickets come with a considerable discount.
Schinousa offers real alternative holidays since there are no buses or taxis and you either go on foot or on donkeys. You will surely never forget the walk with a donkey. On the other hand, some of the touristic facilities of the island have their own vehicles for your transportation from and to the port.
There are very specific ways, if you wish to move around Schinousa, hijack or by one the island's donkeys. The island is so small and there are no reason to move otherwise, so there aren't any car rental offices, cubs or buses, so forget any kind of vehicles and enjoy your walk or a nice and easy trip with these friendly, cute animals.
In the hug of the Aegean
In the Centre of the cluster of the Small East Cyclades, south of Naxos and northeast of Heraklia, we find Schinussa. It is a small island with an area of about 9 sq.km and is ideal for a quiet holiday. The island owes its name to the bushy plant skinos, which grows throughout the island. However, another version wants the island to takes its name from the Venetian Lord Schinoza. Schinussa belongs to the province of Naxos. It has a regular transportation and the travel from Piraeus to Mersini, lasts 7 – 8 hours. The island's port, Mersini, is considered as one of the best shelters from small boats across the Aegean.
Schoinoysa has two settlements. Chora and Messaria. The settlement of Chora is built on a hill, in the hinterland of the island and is 1.2 km. from the port. In older times the island had suffered several disasters from the pirate raids. So, the inhabitants built the village of Panagia, as they call Chora from the church of Virgin of Akathi, on a hill to have visibility towards the sea. The houses are built with the typical cycladical architecture. The second settlement on the island, Mesaria is equally picturesque and charming. There, you will visit the church of Evangelistria. It distances 3 km. from Chora. The inhabitants work in agriculture, livestock breeding, fishing and tourism. In the recent years the island is visited by more and more travelers seeking quiet places with pristine beauty to spend their holidays. The touristic infrastructures of Schinussa, satisfy the needs of visitors to the island and offer all the modern comforts. The natural beauties of Schinussa make it stand out from the other islands in the small Cyclades. It has 15 splendid beaches, with endless sandy beaches and clear blue waters that enchant every visitor. Wandering around the beaches offers you a pleasant surprise. Starting from the port we meet the beaches Mersini, Tsigkura, Livadi, Liolio, Psili Ammos, Almiros, etc.
- Go on a daily cruise on the small neighboring islands around Schinoussa, in virgin, raw places.
- Schinoussa island has many beaches far away from Cyclades' typical beaches. There are many options for those who love a sandy beach with shades. One of the most beautiful is Psili Ammos beach.
- In "Nikolas of Schinoussa tavern" you'll be able to enjoy the island's specialties: lobster with risotto, grilled fishes and handmade puged bread.
- "Deli Restaurant" in Hora offers delicious meals and a gorgeous view. You'll find some unique recipes in its menu, which you'll definitely want to enjoy more than once.
The island hasn't any facilities, so make sure to have cash, your medicines (in case you receive a medical treatment) and a full tank in your vehicle.
Almost every road in Schinoussa is a dirt-road, so high speed isn't feasible. The island is so beautiful and small, that you won't have any excuse to hurry.