SMALL CYCLADES

The Small Cyclades are a group of lesser-known Greek islands, part of the Cyclades archipelago in the Aegean Sea.

They include Iraklia, Schinoussa, Koufonisia, and Donoussa. The islands are known for their serene beauty, clear waters, and traditional Greek village life, and are much quieter, more isolated, and more authentic compared to their famous neighbors, especially Mykonos or Santorini.

Iraklia, the largest yet least populous, is known for its unspoiled landscapes and significant archaeological finds. Schinoussa is famed for its pristine beaches and relaxed atmosphere. Koufonisia, consisting of Ano (Upper) and Kato (Lower) Koufonisi, attracts visitors with its stunning beaches and vibrant local culture. Donoussa, the most remote, is ideal for those seeking solitude and natural beauty.

These islands are accessible by ferry, primarily from Naxos and Amorgos. Their limited tourist infrastructure, with fewer hotels and restaurants, preserves their quaint and uncommercialized charm.

Things to do in the Small Cyclades are hiking, swimming, boat trips, and exploring traditional villages, and for many people that is more than enough.

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