Between Naxos and Amorgos, several small islands with great history known as the East Small Cyclades, are waiting to be discovered. Donoussa, Pano Koufonissi, Schinoussa, Iraklia are the only ones populated. The locals are friendly and hospitable and they are waiting to welcome you in their unique way. Small Cyclades have natural beauties that make them stand out among the rest of the Aegean islands.
The numerous leeward beaches, where you can relax and swim in their crystal clear waters will fascinate you with their different shades of blue and turquoise; paths that lead to mystic places; delicious local dishes and tasty natural products, leaving you craving for seafood that one can enjoy by the sea or at villages, next to picturesque white houses and small churches.
Parianos beach is set on the south west coast of Koufonissia and it consists in a large sandy beach naturally protected from the winds as it is in fact the harbor where the small fishing boats are anchored. This place is ideal for families with young children and people who do not like transportations.
Only by foot or by boat: these are the only ways to reach the beach of Pezoulia. If you chose the second, you’d better prefer the left side (from your perspective) of the bay, not only to enjoy the beach but also to take the way that will lead you to Aloni; it’s a large plateau with a huge fig and a sealed well.
Just 200-300 meters separate the headlamps from the shores of the Italian or otherwise Platia Punta. The trail moves along the coast and goes side by 2-3 small individual 'pools' with pebbles or sand, fringed by rocks, which they prefer mainly nudist.
On your quest for good beaches in Koufonisia, you can go from Platia Pounda to Pori and continue to a small beach called Gala. Gala means milk in the Greek Language and the beach gets this distinctive name from the frothy waves that one can see in the interior of the caves.
Gerolimnionas is a beautiful untouched beach located 3km from Chora and can be reached after almost a 30 minutes' walk following the dirt road and then the narrow scenic path. It is sandy and its turquoise waters make it ideal for snorkeling and spear fishing.
Sapounochroma and Mesa Ammos are two beaches in the area of Kalotaritissa northern leeward but thanks to Skoulonisi in front of the beaches. But the star here is the Tripiti (Vlychos): The top sand Kalotaritissa, with free camping, bathing suits are unnecessary.
Karvounolakos beach is set on the south part of the island between Alimia and Merichas. This sandy beach is small and not organized but has marvelous waters alluring you to stay for hours in them! Around the coast you will see the stunning black rocks while its coast is of pretty light hues creating a unique contrast.