Ano Koufonisi, usually referred to as Koufonisi, is the main attraction in the small Cyclades in Greece. There is also another Koufonisi, Kato Koufonisi nearby. Whole Cyclades are often called Koufonisia.
If you are considering visiting Koufonisi, here is what you can expect.
Highlights, sights and activities at Koufonisi
- Sea caves: on the northern Ce of Pano Koufonissi.
- Saint Nicholas’ small church: over Karnagio for nine islands!
- Mylos (mill): A traditional windmill that has been renovated into a beautiful bar.
- Beaches: There are a few beaches on Koufonisi. The best are in the southeast. The wind mostly comes in from the north and also the sea tends to be somewhat rougher to the north. – Charakopou – Fanos – Parianos – Pisina – Platia Punta – Pori (sometimes a nudist affair)
Festivals at Koufonisi
- St. George’s Church: the protector of the island. On Saint George’s Day (usually celebrated on the 23rd of Ril, but if it coincides with Lent, it is celebrated on Easter Sunday), there is a litany / procession of his icon on the beach street, while the streets are covered with rose petals. They put on fireworks and all the little boats on the island are sailing next door. Tripe soup with vinegar and a stew or pasta is offered to everyone and then the party begins.
- Church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) on Kato Koufonissi: located on Detis pier and built on ancient ruins. On August 15, a big festival takes place there. At the end of the fair, food is offered to everyone, and then people are transferred by boats competing in the race to first get to Pano Koufonissi, where the party is being held.
- Fishermen celebrate: on June 24, caiques prepare food for everyone on the pier the traditional cacavia (boulliabaisse-a soup made with different types of fish). A party accompanies traditional music and dance.
Getting around and to Koufonisi, Greece
It is not worth the hassle of bringing your own car to Koufonisi Island, although in theory it is possible.
A wide road leads you from the harbor to Finikas’ beach and campsite. From the village there is an asphalt road that takes you to Pori and another that takes you to the gas station and the helicopter airport. Other roads turn out to be little more than dirt trails. The petrol station opened in 2005.
Rent a motorcycle
Motorcycles and mopeds are popular alternatives to cars. Mopeds in particular are often used by local young people and can walk in many places that cars cannot drive. An example is the winding narrow streets of Koufonisi town.
If you start a day trip with a moped, Make sure you have a full tank, as gas stations are sometimes difficult to find. An extra stop at a gas station can save a lot of nerves.
When renting a moped, Check that the tire profile is ok and that the brakes are working properly. If this is the last vehicle in the shop, be suspicious – it may be the one that needs a hard repair. Although helmets are not required on the street, it may be a good idea to ask your rental-a-bike for one.
Kostas Prasinos’ small boat runs a daily scheduled service from the port to the beaches of: Finikas, Italida and Pori.
Other small boats connect Pano (Upper) and Kato (Lower) Koufonissi. Koufonisi is accessible by ferry from Naxos and Athens.
All ferries and high-speed ferries: timetables, connections, availability and prices between Koufonisia, other Greek islands and the port of Piraeus (Athens) are here: www.ferries.gr/booking
Sometimes cruise ships call at the port.
Accommodation in Koufonisi
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