SMALL CYCLADESSMALL CYCLADES
Somewhere tucked between industrious Naxos, party-crazy los and historic Amorgos lie the Small Cyclades, a series of islands where the hectic life of large urban centers is left behind like a heavy woollen sweater on a hot day; once without, you wonder why you would ever want it back.
Of these islands the two most popular are Ano and Kato Koufonissi. Situated to the south east of its more illustrious neighbor Naxos, Koufonissia is two islands separated by a 200 meters straight. The upper, populated Island is one of the smallest islands in the Cyclades with an area of just 3.5 square kms, and a population of 284 people. With the largest fleet in Greece in direct proportion to the population, fishing is the main industry on the island.
In spite of its size, Koufonissia does have several tavernas and cafes together with some local art shops and a post office. You will find the meals in the local hostelries to be of a high standard, with fish in plentiful supply courtesy of the home fleet. There is no possibility of car or bike hire as the only asphalted roads, are in and around the village. Anyhow, the island is small enough to walk around in one morning. Beaches are the big plus on Koufonissia. There are 4 really superb stretches of sand within a thirty-minute walk of the village.
The island of Virgin Mary has always been famous for its rich natural landscapes offering a special peace; perfect for those who desire relaxed vacations. You will find" yourself strolling around traditional Cycladic villages, wandering between ancient monuments and remains of Venetian castles or admiring the sunset from one of the hundreds of dovecotes, found on mountains, seaside villages and ravines. The Church of Virgin Mary is located in Tinos, the port and capital of the island, so you will be able to visit once you arrive. The temple is one of the most beautiful Christian churches; it is entirely built with marble and houses the famous miraculous religious icon that receives thousands of offerings from believers. Among the many important sights you should visit in Tinos are also the archaeological site that keeps the remains of the ancient Temple of Poseidon, in Kionia, the Exobourgo archaeological site in Kabos and the museums in the capital Tinos.
You will enjoy swimming and other water sports if you visit Agios Fokas or Kionia, a few km from the port. Other lovely beaches are located on the south side of the island, in Agios Sostis and Agios loanis Porto and on the northern bays of Panormos and Kolybethra.
The most wonderful and intresting island is Corfu.