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Donoussa is a haven of peace in the middle of the Small Cyclades, a complex of six islands in the south of Naxos. These islands are very popular for their dreamy beaches bathed in crystal clear waters, and a perfect destination to enjoy life at its fullest, while living the simplicity of Cyclades. Donoussa is the most stunning of these six islands and the perfect summer gateway for travelers that enjoy remote and less crowded places. One of the best things about a vacation in Donoussa, is that you do not have to worry about what to see and do. Life here is pretty simple and time goes by slowly. It is a place to relax, unwind and enjoy the simple things. The locals will make you feel right at home and introduce you to their pace of life as soon as you get there.
In Donoussa you will experience authentic Greek hospitality since there aren’t any luxury hotels and fancy nightclubs. It is a place to spend time with your loved ones and mingle with locals and fellow travelers at the island's famous festivals. The island is very small with about 150 permanent residents and has only one main road 13 kilometers long, that connects all the villages with the port. During summertime though, tourism brings way more people to the island. So, whether you like to relax on a gorgeous beach, hike along the numerous paths that lead to secluded beaches and coves, swim in turquoise waters, experience traditional Greek festivals or taste authentic Greek food, Donoussa is the island to visit.
Donousa became the first Greek island to ban single-use plastics
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HOW TO GET AROUND DONOUSSA | Bus. Boats, Scooter / ATV
Donoussa is a very small island. One of the prons is that you do not really need a car to get around. Everywhere is within hiking distance, with the furthest parts of the island being about 1.5 hours away by foot. A scooter would be a good idea, alternatively there is a bus service that takes you around the island. The minibus departs from the port and calls at Kedros, Messaria, and Mesrini before terminating at Kaloritissa beach. Off-season you can travel around the island only by taxi or private vehicle, but keep in mind that there is no gas station. Finally, the shipping boat “Donoussa Magissa” sets sail for the island’s inlets and beaches, weather permitting.