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|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 sandy beaches that are scattered all around the island and that are reachable by foot. All together 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.
The first beach you will see on arrival with the ferry boat is the beach next to the harbour of Mersini. It is a small sandy beach with tamarisk trees on it that offer some shade.
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).
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 thirty 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. Psili Amos beach is surrounded by natural sand dunes. 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. The last 400 meters to Psili Amos beach is via a sandy path that is not really suitable for any car. It is a 30 to 45 minutes walk from Chora (I believe 2,6 kilometers). On your way you will pass a couple of taverns. In Messaria itself there is also a tavern, but this one was still closed when we were there half May. On the beach of Psili Amos itself there are no amenities, so you must bring your own water supply, and don't forget your sunblock. There is also a small beach called Fikio north of the village of Messaria.
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. I believe this is the only beach where naturism is allowed, but when we were in Schinoussa in May we found beaches such as Liolou beach and Psili Amos empty and so we just ignored the signs that said "No nudity".