What to do
A quite paradise of emerald bright blue waters, Koufonisia are nestled between the islands of Naxos and Amorgos and are in reality two smaller islets, Ano Koufonisi (Upper Koufonisi) and Kato Koufonisi (Lower Koufonisi) which remains still uninhabited.
Ano Koufonisi has just 366 inhabitants who mainly live in the charming little fishing village called Hora but in the summer the island is full of life as lazy tourists enjoy relaxing evenings in the seafood tavernas and cute bars that are hidden in the narrow white washed streets !
Numerous small beaches with crystal clear waters and silk white sand span across the southeastern part of the island but the best of all is Pori – a seductive beach which looks like a huge swimming pool and has been the favorite of paddlers, swimmers and yachters, who come here to admire the impossible turquoise waters.
Discover the island’s beauties by walking the coastal footpaths that go around it – practically you can walk around it in 1 day;
Activities in Koufonisia
Beachlife and Sports
The silk white beaches are uncrowded and very clean and the snorkeling is excellent ; discover the rocks in the sheltered coves and bays that contain many of the beaches.
Koufonissia are surrounded by flat coastal footpaths which have been created and maintained through time, thus resulting in unique walking experiences. Let your eyes capture the unforgettable turquoise sea and Aegean views that await you around every step; your final destination is a lonesome bay where you can dive in crystal clear waters.
History and culture
From the southeastern part of Ano Koufonissi you can see the islet of Keros which is now uninhabited but was an important site of the Cycladic civilization around 2500 BC.
If you interested to take any of these cooking secrets home with you, let us arrange for your private cooking lessons based on local recipes.
Koufonissi has been traditionally a fishing village, so once here, try the local fare of lobster, fresh fish and crustaceans. Your meals can be also accompanied by local wines but make sure you have a sip of rakomelo, a local specialty made of distilled alcohol, fruit, honey and cinnamon.
Nikitouri Tavern – A traditional 25 year old seafood tavern very close to the port, serves fresh fish and other Greek specialties made of local vegetables and Cycladic recipes.
Karnagio Restaurant – At the old shipyard, this atmospheric restaurant right on the sea front, is worth a visit for its freshly made seafood delicacies.
Gastronautis – Tucked away in the tiny streets near the harbor, this rather new restaurant serves contemporary creative Greek cuisine and has an interesting wine list which is worth exploring.
British Airways and Easyjet fly directly from London and other UK airports to Santorini during the summer months; From Santorini, SeaJets (www.seajets.gr) run a daily highspeed catamaran to Koufonisia, travel time is approximately 1hr 40mins.
During the summer months Koufonisia are connected daily from the main Athens ports by modern high-speed catamarans offering several classes of service; operated by Hellenic Seaways (www.hellenicseaways.gr) and are twice as fast, if you wish to travel by ferry. The duration of the trip by high-speed ferries is about 4.5 hours. The island is also connected by boat to many islands of the Cyclades: Santorini, Paros, Mykonos and Naxos.
Just a 45 min helicopter ride from Athens – easily accessible even for the most demanding travelers.