Schinoussa Island Holidays

Schinoussa is a picturesque small island in the Cyclades, belonging to the grouping known as the small or minor Cyclades. It is an island of immense beauty and has maintained it's colours and traditions throughout the years.

Schinoussa Island - Greece

In the old days the island was actually a popular base for pirates that roamed the Aegean. The small bays found around the coast offered good protection from bad weather. There are two villages on the island of Schinoussa, those of Messaria and Mersini, which is the harbour of the island.

The setting is one of extreme tranquility and peace, and provides an ideal holiday destination for those seeking to avoid the crowds and bustle of the more popular Greek islands. Visitors to Messaria can see the ruins of the old medieval settlement and also pay a visit to the quaint church of Panagia Akathi.

Schinoussa is an ideal island to visit for those that enjoy trekking and walking. There are many charming routes that one can follow where you will pass by disused mills, sea caves, and enjoy the peace and serenity of nature at its most finest.

There are several small hills scattered around the island from which you can enjoy some beautiful views out towards the sea. You can also enjoy some truly magical sunsets here.

Schinoussa has some very nice beaches where you can swim and relax. Some of the most popular are the beaches of Livadi, Tsigouri, Alygaria and Almyros. During the summer months, the beaches are perfect for spending lazy days soaking up the sun.

Holidays in Schinoussa Greece

Though small in size, Schinoussa is huge in terms of natural beauty and charm. It is a small paradise in the Cyclades, and one that more and visitors are heading to.

With regards to accommodation, there are some rooms, studios and apartments to let, but availability may be a problem. If you are planning on visiting Schinoussa, it is advised to make your accommodation reservations as early as possible.

Around the island you will find a nice selection of traditional tavernas where you can sample some local flavours as well as fresh fish and sea food. There are also some nice cafes where you can enjoy a refreshing drink.

As well as boat connections with Athens at the port of Pireaus, there are also local boat connections to the surrounding Cyclades islands.

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