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The hollow islands

Koufonisia means ‘hollow islands’, and tradition has it that they were named so by the pirates who once roamed the Aegean. They viewed the islands’ large sea caves from a distance and believed the land was hollow!
Koufonisia offers an authentic slice of Greek island life, away from the bustling tourist spots. Whether you’re seeking relaxation on stunning beaches, adventure through exploration, or a taste of traditional Greek culture, these islands provide a perfect haven. Embrace the slow pace of life, immerse yourself in natural beauty, and discover the serene allure of Koufonisia.
This hidden gem in the Aegean Sea, comprise two small islets: Ano Koufonisi and Kato Koufonisi. Part of the Lesser Cyclades, these islands are nestled between Naxos and Amorgos, offering a serene escape characterized by unspoiled natural beauty and a tranquil ambiance.

Ano Koufonisi

Ano Koufonisi, the inhabited part of the duo, is renowned for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and vibrant Cycladic architecture. The main village, Chora, is a picturesque settlement with whitewashed houses, narrow alleys, and colorful bougainvillea. Despite its small size, Ano Koufonisi boasts a variety of amenities, including charming tavernas serving fresh seafood, cozy cafes, and quaint shops.

Visitors to Ano Koufonisi can enjoy numerous beaches, each with its unique charm. Pori Beach, famous for its golden sands and stunning natural pool, and Foinikas, a secluded cove ideal for peaceful swims, are just a few highlights. The island is also a paradise for snorkelers and divers, with its clear waters revealing a fascinating underwater world.

Kato Koufonisi

Kato Koufonisi, in contrast, is uninhabited and remains largely untouched. It offers an idyllic retreat for nature lovers and adventurers. Accessible only by boat, Kato Koufonisi is perfect for day trips, allowing visitors to explore its pristine landscapes, hidden coves, and ancient ruins. The island’s simplicity and lack of development make it a perfect spot for those seeking solitude and connection with nature.

Activities and Experience

Apart from beach hopping, Koufonisia offers various activities to enrich your stay. Hiking trails connect the islands’ different parts, providing stunning views of the Aegean Sea and the neighboring islands. Boat tours are also popular, allowing visitors to discover secluded beaches and sea caves. The islands’ relaxed atmosphere makes it ideal for unwinding, whether through yoga sessions by the sea, leisurely walks, or simply soaking up the sun on a tranquil beach.

Getting There and Around

Koufonisia can be reached by ferry from Athens, as well as from other Cycladic islands like Naxos and Mykonos. Once on the islands, getting around is easy. Ano Koufonisi is small enough to explore on foot or by bicycle, and boats regularly shuttle between Ano and Kato Koufonisi.

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