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  • In the heart of the Aegean Sea, in the heart of Cyclades Islands, Small Cyclades are laying in the arms of Naxos, Ios and Amorgos. The group of Small Cyclades consists of a complex of 32 small islands, 4 of which are inhabited, and numerous rocky islets. Tiny, calm, with golden beaches and turquoise waters they form a heavenly ensemble. Since 1994 they are under the administrative power of the prefecture of Naxos.

  • Climate: Mild Mediterranean, typical of the Cycladic islands area with summer north winds (periodic /etesian winds).

Donoussa

  • Situated on the north-eastern part of Small Cyclades a bit further apart than the rest of them. Donoussa is located about 15 nmi east of the island of Naxos (Moutsouna) and 14nmi north of Amorgos (Egiali). A small heaven for those who are looking into enjoying nature in a peaceful enviroment, swimming and sunbathing. Its small ports and the particular smell of the cedar-trees create the island’s unique beauty.
  • Area: 13,75 km.
  • Morphology: Rocking over the sea with its snow-white small houses, its picturesque lanes full of bougainvilleas, its quite hills, covered in cedar-trees and lentisks, small ports with thin sand. The highest point named Vardia being 386m
  • Climate: Being the northern of the islands that form Small Cyclades, Donoussa is being stroked relentless by the winds coming from Ikario Sea. Once the north wind stars blowing the sea gets rough, but the sky becomes clear blue and the horizon opens so one can see from Patmos to Santorini.
  • Settlement: White houses are forming five small and picturesque villages. Stavros, the port and capital of the island, is located in the southern part of the island and is protected from the north winds. The rest of the villages are: Kalotaritissa, Troulos, Mesaria (Charavgi) and Mersini.
  • Population: 163 inhabitants with density at 12 per kilometre square.
  • Occupation of the locals: Donoussa used to be an agricultural island cultivating tobacco and onions. In the 1920’s they were mining copper, indigo, calamine and atsacha (white stone used in making glass). Today tourism has become the main source of income along with farming (the locals are breeding goats on the neighbouring island of Skoulonisi) and fishing.
  • Schools: Primary, Secondary and High School (Lycee).
  • Surrounding islands: On the East the rocky islet of Skoulonisi and Moschonas. On the West Makares, the famous island of ‘’Makares’’, according to the first science fiction writer Loukianos: which includes Strogyli, Agia Paraskevi and Megalo Nisi. On the northeast Meladii (Chtenia or Vouves) on the border line of the Aegean and Ikario sea.

Koufonissia

  • Koufonissia consists of a small heavenly group of two islands and is geographically located on the southeast side of Naxos and on the west side of Amorgos. A straight of some 200m width separates Pano (Upper) Koufonissi (or Koufonissi) from the uninhabited island of Kato (Lower) Koufonissi (or Kato Nisi). The golden sand and the crystal waters with the unique colour create the magic picture of the island.
  • Area: Pano Koufonissi has an extent of 3,5 sq.km. and Kato Koufonissi that of 4,3 sq.km.
  • Ěďrphology: Nature and the island’s environment are mainly that of the typical Cycladic Islands. Calm plain with golden beaches and soft rocks corroded by the sea create caves that gave the name to the islands. Koufonissia are mainly flat with the highest point being that of Profitis Ilias of 100m.
  • Climate: Typical Cycladic, mild during the winter and fresh in the summer. Due to the fact that the island is flat one has the impression that the summer periodic winds, which the locals call ‘‘gaidouromeltemo’’ (donkey’s wind) last longer.
  • Settlement: Pano Koufonissi has a small settlement where the port is and it is a characteristic example of Cycladic architecture, built on the southwest coast. Kato Koufonissi has only a few rural houses that are inhabited during the summer months and Venetsanos famous taverna.
  • Population: 366 residents. Pano Koufonissi is the most populated one with density at 105 inhabitants per kilometre square! One third of the population are young people, a unique ratio for the Greek and European standards.
  • Occupation of the locals: the main occupation of the locals is fishing. Compared to its population the island has the biggest fishing fleet in Greece. But during the last decade tourism has also started being developed and more and more locals are getting involved.
  • Schools: kindergarten, primary, secondary, high school (lycee), there are 80 pupils in such a tiny island.

Schinoussa

  • One more jewel of Small Cyclades. Schinoussa is located south of Naxos, between Koufonissia and Heraklia.
  • Area: 8,51 square kilometres.
  • Morphology: Schinoussa has a multifarious shape, with numerous bays and peninsulas. Its terrain is smooth. Smooth hill-sides, low hills and small valleys. The highest part of Schinoussa is that of Milos on the hill Vardies 133metres. Its soil has slates, limestones and sandstones. The land is fertile and therefore cultivated from one side to the other. Mersini, the port of Schinoussa is known to be one of the best shelters for small vessels in the Aegean.
  • Climate: Mild and fresh, without sudden changes, makes you feel it is summer all year round.
  • Settlemets: Mersini (the port), Chora or Panagia (1200m from the port, built on a small hill at the time of the pirates’ invasions and has a great panoramic view) and Messaria.
  • Population: 206 residents with density at 24 inhabitants per sq.km.
  • Occupation of the locals: agriculture, farming, fishing and tourism.
  • Schools: Primary, Secondary, High School (Lycee).
  • Surrounding islands: Ofidoussa or Fidou (only a few metres from Schinoussa), Argilos on the South and Aspronisi on the southeast.

Heraklia

  • The western island of Small Cyclades complex. Iraklia is located 18 nmi of the Chora of Naxos and 2,5 nmi south of the capes Gaitani and Katomeri od Naxos, 6nmi east of Ios and 19nmi from Katapola of Amorgos, 1nmi from Schinoussa and 5nmi from Koufonissi. The island of Iraklia is an ideal place for calm holidays.
  • Area: 17,79 square kilometres.
  • Morphology: A mountainous island with rich vegetation, with Indian figs and cedar trees and abundant springs. Papas Hill, the highest point of Iraklia, being 419m, has many springs and gives excellent water supply to the settlement of Panagia.
  • Climate: The big Cycladic Islands work as a seawall protecting Iraklia and as a result its coasts remain calm and untouched by the strong winds.
  • Settlements: Agios Giorgios or Port and Panagia or Pano Mera in the middle of the island is joined by a 5km road. Agios Athanasios on the west coast.
  • Population: 151 inhabitants with density at 8 residents per square kilometre
  • Occupation of the locals: Apiculture, farming and agriculture.
  • Saint George’s church: in the homonym village. It was built in 1834 and renovated in 1898. On April 23rd or Easter Monday the local festival takes place.
  • Schools: In the year 1998-99 there were 11 pupils and 9 teachers. Today, unfortunately there are only 3 pupils in primary school and one in secondary school.
  • Surrounding islands: Venetico in the East, at the "entrance" to Livadi beach (it used to protect the castle during the era of the pirates’ invasions). Mikros and Megalos Avelas in the Southwest.

Keros

  • A rocky place without a port that has an extent of 15 sq.km. Keros is located about 1,5 nmi southeast of the island of Koufonissi. Today it is uninhabited, but Keros used to be once an important centre of the Cycladic civilization. Overlooking Keros from Pano Koufonissi you get the impression that the contour of the island resembles to a woman lying on her back. Apart from the pen of a shepherd there are no other settlements on the island.
  • Surrounding islets: Glaronisi (Seagull’s island) (between Pano and Kato Koufonissi), Daskalio (west of the island of Keros), Voulgaris (east of the island of Keros), Plakes, Tsouloufi, Lazaros, Louvardiari, Plaki (a complex of five islets south of Keros) and a bit further south Atnikeria (Drima and Antikeros, two islets divided by a narrow straight).


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