Koufonisia are the Aegean paradise hidden between Naxos and Amorgos. These are three small islands, Ano Koufonisi, Kato Koufonisi and Keros. Only the first is inhabited by humans and the other two by goat herds. The landscape is arid with coves that hide sandy beaches and emerald waters, natural pools and rocks that look like sculptures carved by the salty waves. The atmosphere on the island is relaxed and the people are friendly and hospitable. The few inhabitants, fishermen or farmers in the majority, love their homeland and keep the traditions alive. Koufonisia entered the tourist map of the country quite recently and Chora of Ano Koufonisi is the only village which is organized and has some tourist facilities. From here it is easy to discover the rest of the island on foot or by motorbike or by sea in one of the boats of the locals which can also take you to Kato Koufonisi, for those who seek absolute tranquility.
How to get there:
- Koufonisia have ferry connections to the port of Piraeus. The journey takes approximately 8.5 hours and the the frequency of the ferries vary according to the season. Koufonisia are also connected to the rest of the Small Cyclades (Donoussa, Iraklia, Schinousa) as well as Naxos, Paros, Mykonos, Syros and Amorgos. The journey from Naxos to Koufonissia takes approximately 2.5 hours.
- In the summer, there is a high speed catamaran that reaches the island six times a week. It goes from Rafina to Koufonisia through Naxos. The trip takes 4 hours in total.
- The ferries and the high speed catamaran only go to Ano Koufonisi. However, from ano Koufonisi there are daily connections to Kato Koufonisi.