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Tranquil and remote, this outpost of the Eastern Cyclades has all the prerequisites of sandy beaches, unspoilt Greek island community and marvellous walks to ensure a peaceful holidayEnquire Now
Many of our clients holiday in Greece every year and have done so for countless years. For those of you who can remember the Greek islands in the late seventies and early eighties and hanker for those halcyon days, Donoussa may be the answer to your dreams. Central to this nostalgia is the island’s remoteness and infrequent transport links. This has given the island an air of exclusivity with only those “in the know” making the not inconsiderable effort to visit the island. Point of arrival is the beautiful harbour village of Agios Stavros. The lovely sandy beach, the whitewashed village walls overrun with bougainvillaea, the picturesque tavernas and little shops all make Agios Stavros port special. Dinner in one of the tavernas by the beach or on the hillside overlooking the port is priceless, virtue of the sun setting in the most fantastic display of colour. Other focal points in the village include the blue-domed church of Timios Stavros and the “Kyma” café.
The rest of Donoussa is equally enthralling but just as extra effort is required to initially reach the island, so that additional endeavor will reward visitors who venture away from Stavros and explore other areas of the island. The two hamlets of Mersini and Kalotaritissa are the only other pockets of population on Donoussa. In peak season a convenient bus service links Stavros with these outposts but, if possible, the best way to appreciate their charms and the wonderful island scenery is to walk. Mersini’s lofty perch above the incredible Livadi beach will take about 50 minutes from Stavros. Time it right and lunch at “Tzi Tzi” taverna will taste extra special combined with sublime views over Donoussa’s south east coastline. From here, it is only 20 minutes or so down to the pristine beaches of Livadi and Fykio from where it is possible to take an excursion boat back to Stavros if the hike back to Mersini and Stavros is too daunting. The hike to Kalotaritissa will take about 75 minutes and is quite well marked. Spectacular scenery includes a ravine and virgin coastline. All but abandoned until a few years ago, Kalotaritissa is now a popular berth for yachts with two lovely beaches. Lunch at “Mitsos” behind Vliha beach can be recommended. Not everyone enjoys hiking, in which case the gorgeous, sandy Kedros beach will take just 20 minutes to walk west from Stavros.
Is Donoussa one of the last true hideaways in the Aegean? We think so!
Twin centre and Island Hopping:
Donoussa can be combined with Amorgos, Astypalea, Athens, Iraklia, Koufonissia, Naxos, Paros & Schinoussa.
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