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Explore the Heavenly “Small Cyclades” Southeast of Naxos

Have you booked your stay in Apricot & Sea but you're also interested in discovering more of what this part of Greece has to offer? Discover “Small (or Lesser) Cyclades”; a charming chain of small, secluded islands in the southeast of Naxos. This island complex is nothing short of a quiet paradise, thanks to the mountains of Naxos and Amorgos which act as a barrier, holding the winds back.


Donousa is located 16 km east of Naxos. With less than 200 permanent residents, it’s a peaceful piece of heaven on earth that has preserved its natural character. The beaches are clean, with crystal clear waters that are perfect for swimming Here you will enjoy the Aegean Sea in its entire splendor!


Keros, on the other hand, about 10 km southeast of Naxos, is a barren, uninhabited island. However, it’s a place of great archaeological interest. To the west lies the site of Kavos Daskaliou, where a number of important archaeological finds have been discovered. Among them, the Cycladic figurines suggest that Keros was a worship center like the Sanctuary of Apollo in Delos.


Koufonisia also have a rich history. Archaeological finds indicate that they have been inhabited since the Prehistoric times. They consist of Ano (Upper) and Kato (Lower) Koufonisi, separated by a 200m wide narrow strait. The locals are mostly engaged in fishing and livestock farming.


Schinoussa has two settlements, Chora and Mesaria. The houses are built according to the typical Cycladic architecture while the locals are engaged in agriculture, livestock farming, fishing and tourism. With a total of fifteen beaches, Schinoussa promises a truly stress-free experience to travelers who seek for a quiet getaway!


Finally, Iraklia is the westernmost and largest island of the complex, south of Naxos. It has 151 inhabitants and consists of two settlements, Panagia (or Chora) and Agios Georgios. You won’t find any intense nightlife here, but you can enjoy quiet walks or dive to admire the rich seabed! The island is famous for its traditional cheeses, meat (goat, lamb and pork), fava and excellent thyme honey!

Are you ready to combine your stay in Naxos with a fascinating trip? Just hop on the ferry that connects the Small Cyclades with Naxos and take a ride!