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|THE ISLAND OF SCHINOUSSA IN THE CYCLADES IN GREECE - QUIET ISLAND ON THE WISHLIST|
Schinoussa is one of the few islands in the central Cyclades I have not visited yet, but it is very high on the wish list of islands that I want to visit, because I am told by the visitors of my website that it is still very unspoilt and an absolute must for people who love peace and quiet. And because my website is about the peaceful and quiet places they tell me that there is ONE island that I have forgotten: Schinoussa. The island is so beautiful they say that this actually should remain a secret.
Upon arrival on the island of Schinoussa by ferry it makes it such a desolate and quiet impression that the tourists seem to be scared off. I remember that the ferry made a stop there on the way to Donoussa and Amorgos (and later on the way back), and this is true: the port of Mersini where the ferries come in consists of only a few houses (in 2001 I saw about three houses as far as I remember), and even for me, an experienced islandhopper, it was a little intimidating.
I suggest that perhaps you book a room before you travel to Schinoussa or take a few phone numbers with you so that after you have landed in Greece and you have found a ferry that is going to Schinoussa and one that is going back you can make a reservation by phone, so you will be picked up and brought back to the port of the island. Especially smart since some of the ferries arrive at Schinoussa at a late time. You can check Blue Star Ferries and Nel Lines for their schedules.
The only settlement of some size on the island is called Chora of Panagia and it is just a bit up the hill from the port (you can not see when you arrive at the port because it is hidden behind the hill). From the Chora itself there are good views of the sea, but it's not visible. This is a remnant of the pirate days when the island was often attacked and people were killed.
The people who now live on Schinoussa descended from residents of the island of Amorgos, which populated the island again around 1800. Chora consists mainly of one street and it is attractive, even though there are not so many old buildings. In the Chora there is a small village shop that sells ferry tickets just before the ferries depart. In this street there are also a couple of tavernas (some also offer rooms for rent) and a number of small shops.
From Chora begin the paths to the fifteen beaches of the island (Tsigouri, Livadi, Aligaria, Lioliou, Almiros, Foudana, Psili Amos, Fikio and Gerolimnionas). Most of these beaches are made of gray sand and not the golden sands that you for instance find on the neighbouring islands of Koufonissia and Naxos. This perhaps explains in part why it is a less popular destination. For me, it would be a minor reason: who cares what color the beaches are.
The road from the port to the Chora is a good road, the rest of the roads on the island are just paths making Schinoussa ideal for walks. The only other small settlement on the island is called Messaria and is located in the north of the island in the hills. It is home to some 20 people. In Schinoussa there are three springs making Schinoussa the island in the small Cylades with the best watersupply.
|THE BEACHES AND NATURIST BEACHES OF THE ISLAND OF SCHINOUSSA IN THE CYCLADES IN GREECE|
Compared to other islands and relatively seen in comparisson to the size of the island Schinoussa is blessed with a wide choice in sandbeaches that are scattered all around the island and reachable by foot. Alltogether there are some 15 beaches, the best ones being Psili Amos, Tsigouri, Livadi, Aligaria, Lioliou and Almiros. Most of these beaches offer shade in the shape of trees. Some of the other beaches can suffer from seaweeds or it's possible that they are less clean because they are in the wind. Below are a couple of the beaches of Schinoussa.
Tsigouri Beach - The closest beach to Chora is Tsigouri Beach which is a little south of the capital. You have to go to the right where the village begins. The walk is about 10 minutes. It's a nice sandy beach, with a nearby restaurant and some accommodation (Grispos Villas, Archipelagos Rooms - see below).
Livadi Beach - Further to the south there is a beach called Livadi. You can reach this beach after a 15 minutes walk. It's a sandy beach with capes on both sides to protect it. You can find some shadow underneath the trees.
Aligaria Beach - Next beach to the south is Aligaria, which actually consists of three small coves with sand. You have to walk about 30 minutes to reach the beaches of Aligaria.
Lioliou and Bazeou Beach - To the south-east in a small bay you find Lioliou beach and some hundred metres to the north Bazeou beach. It consists of two small coves mostly with sand and with rocks between. Of season these beaches are very quiet. On main-season there may be more visitors to the beaches thanks to a nearby tavern that is opened then.
Almiros and Foudana Beach - Almiros beach to the east is a sandy beach with tamarisk that provides with some shadow. There is a settlement nearby. A twenty minutes walk from Chora. A little north of Almiros you can find Foudana Beach.
Psili Amos and Fikio Beach - Maybe the most beautiful beach is Psili Ammos north-east of Chora. The beach has nice sand and is well protected since it's situated in a small bay. You can't find much shadow on this beach, but some tamarisks have been planted. To reach the beach you are heading north to the little village Messariá. There you find a signpost to the east. It's little less then half an hour's walk. There is also a small beach called Fikio north of the village of
Messaria - You can't find any shadow on this beach and unfortunately the beach usually has a lot of seaweed on it.
Gerolimnionas Beach - In the north-west there is a beach called Gerolimionas, at least the bay has that name. The beach is nicely situated in the bay which is rather deep. But there can be some rubble on this beach and it is not always clean, because it is often in the wind. I don't think this beach is much visited, so it's no problem to be naked if you like.
|ACCOMMODATION ON THE ISLAND OF SCHINOUSSA IN GREECE - HOTELS, APARTMENTS AND STUDIOS|
For the people that want to visit the island and would like to reserve a room ahead. There is not much accommodation on the island and especially in the high season it is better to be safe.
|Schinoussa hotels - Anatoli Studios, Vazeo Beach, Schinoussa|
Just 100 metres from Vazeo Beach in Schinousa, Anatoli Studios features a pool surrounded by a sea-view sun terrace, a poolside bar and a restaurant. It has a garden with a children's playground. Opening to a patio, all air-conditioned studios of Anatoli enjoy views over the Aegean Sea or the garden. Each features a kitchenette with fridge and cooking hobs, and a private bathroom with shower and hairdryer. A TV, a safe and a fan are also available.
Guests can relax by the pool and enjoy a refreshing drink or a cold coffee from the poolside bar. Traditional flavours prepared with fresh ingredients can also be enjoyed at the on-site restaurant for lunch or dinner. Free transfer from and to the port can be arranged on request and motorbike rental services can be provided. A room for yoga is also available on site. Schinousa Town is located 1.5 km from the property and Schinousa Port is 2.5 km away. Liolios Beach is at a distance of 400 metres, while Almyros Beach is 250 metres away. Free on-site parking is possible on site.
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|Schinoussa hotels - Grispos Villas, Tsigouri Beach, Schinoussa|
Grispos Villas, complex lays on a land property of 1.2 hectares along the coastline of the southern Schinoussa offers magnificent amphitheatrical view. It is located at 2.2km from Mersini, the port of Schinoussa and approximately 450m from the island's capital Panagia. The complex consists of 2 buildings, Grispos Villas I and Grispos Villas II at a walking distance of 80m from each other. Within just a few metres from the sandy beach of Tsigouri, it offers unobstructed panoramic view of the entire Tsigouri bay. The long, sandy beach of Tsigouri is an ideal area to swim especially for families with young children as there is no road passing by the beach and it is, therefore, very safe for the children. The beach is located within just 450 metres from the island's capital (going south). Access to it can be made on foot. Various seashore trees are scattered along the sandy beach forming a abundant shade that protects those lying below from the sun rays allowing them to tan with safety.
Grispos Villas I is built within a few steps from the waterfront. It consists of 7 double rooms and 1 quadruple room, all equipped with a/c, satellite TV, direct dial telephone and mini-fridge. Five rooms have sea view, two have side sea view and one room has garden view. All rooms have balcony or veranda. Six rooms have private balcony or veranda while the other 2 share the same large balcony.
Grispos Villas II has been built at a distance of 40m from Grispos Villas I (walking distance of approximately 80m). It consists of 4 rooms, 5 studios, 1 two-room apartment and 1 suite. All 4 rooms are equipped with wc/shower, a/c, satellite LCD TV, direct dial telephone, emergency signaling button in the bathroom, fire alarm, mini-fridge, bathrobes and slippers. All 5 studios are equipped with kitchenette, wc/shower, a/c, satellite LCD TV, direct dial telephone, emergency signaling button in the bathroom, fire alarm, bathrobes and slippers. The apartment consists of 1 room and 1 studio (interconnected) each having its own wc/shower, a/c, satellite LCD TV, direct dial telephone, emergency signaling button in the bathroom, fire alarm, mini-fridge, bathrobes and slippers. The suite consists of 1 bedroom & a living room. It is equipped with a/c, satellite LCD TV, direct dial telephone, emergency signaling button in the bathroom, fire alarm, mini-fridge, bathrobes and slippers. All units have private balcony or veranda with an impressive view of the sea, the neighboring islands and islets and the endless blue of the Aegean.
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|Schinoussa hotels - Armonia by Grispos Villas, Tsigouri Beach, Schinoussa|
Within a few metres from the sandy beach of Tsigouri, Armonia by Grispos Villas features a sea-view restaurant and snack bar. It offers air-conditioned accommodation with free Wi-Fi and balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea. A flat-screen TV with satellite channels is included in all accommodation types at the Armonia. Each has a fridge and hairdryer. Some units feature a kitchenette with cooking facilities.
Fresh seafood, vegetable dishes and pies are served at the traditional, Greek restaurant of Grispos. Drinks and coffee are provided at the snack bar. Younger guests can enjoy the children's playground. A souvenir shop that stocks local honey and spirits is available on site. Panagia, the capital of Schinousa is 450 metres away. Staff offer free, 2-way transfer from port of Mersini, 2 km away. Free private parking is provided on site.
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|Schinoussa hotels - Pension Meltemi, Schinoussa|
Just a 7-minute walk from the beaches of Livadi and Tsigouri in Schinoussa, the Cycladic-style Meltemi is surrounded by lush greenery and features a traditional restaurant. It offers air-conditioned accommodation with free Wi-Fi and a balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea and the garden. A flat-screen TV and fridge is included in all accommodation types at the Meltemi. Some units have a kitchenette with light cooking facilities. Breakfast, traditional recipes, fresh fish and local wine are served at the restaurant. Room service is also possible. Schinoussa Port is 1 km away and free 2-way transfer is provided. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can offer information on diving activities in the area.
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|Schinoussa hotels - Archipelagos Rooms on the island Schinoussa|
Archipelagos Holiday resort is located on the south side of Schinoussa in front of the most popular beach of the island (Tsigouri) and just 600 meter from the village. It is an ideal place for your accommodation in Schinoussa! The rooms are built in the most beautiful location of the island, in a green area of 50,000 square meters that runs from the village (Chora) and ends in Tsigouri Beach.
Archiplelagos is built according to the Cycladic architecture and is surrounded by traditional elements. Within the complex you can see a traditional windmill, a traditional Cycladic Church and a traditional dovecot. You can also walk around the complex in a completely unspoilt environment and admire the Cycladic architecture and nature in all its glory. The view from the rooms is unique, since wherever you stand you can enjoy the deep blue, the beautiful sunset and the islands of Irakleia, Ios and Santorini outlined on the horizon.
The complex consists of stone built bungalows with a balcony, swimming pool and a very large surrounding area with spectacular sea view. Get away from the stress and hectic pace of city life and enjoy days of relaxation in a quiet island with crystal clear waters, traditional cuisine and Cycladic feasts!
Ameneties: Breakfast Swimming Pool with Sunbeds Canoe (no charge) Transportation to and from the port (no charge) Free WIFI-internet in all areas
Room Facilities: comfortable and spacious rooms Air Conditioning Balcony with sea view Fridge Private wc/shower Coffee machine Electric hob Kitchenette and utensils in some rooms 24 Hours hot water Toiletries Safe Hairdryer Daily cleaning
Tel.: (+30) 6932520473 - Send an e-mail to the Archipelagos Rooms on Schinoussa island.