A tiny island, a perfect getaway for people who just want
peace and quiet, Donoussa is a genuine island without any major
tourism. It get a little busier during high season, but most
holidaymakers are Greeks from the mainland.
Donoussa has quite a harsh nature, but if you decide to go for a
walk you'll meet cattle, goats and sheep here and there. Since
the islanders can not survive on just tourism, most of them are
involved with agriculture and fishing. The locals are friendly,
but it is sometimes hard to communicate with them since they
don't have much experience in speaking English.
History According to some
Ariadne fled to this island after
Theseus had left her sleeping on Naxos. This is just about
the only mythology connected with Donoussa.
We do not know much about the ancient history of this island,
except that it was probably inhabited as early as in the
10century BC, and that it was a place where the Romans sent
their exiles after they conquered the Cyclades in the 2nd
Just like the other islands, it belonged to Venetian rulers from
the 13th to the 16th century, when the Turks took over. Being
such a tiny island, it was not very interesting for the
invaders, so pirates took the opportunity and established a
During World War II, a British warship was sunk here, and you
can still discern it from the beach Kedros.
to See This is an island where you just relax, or perhaps take a
walk through the nature. The steep coastline, the hills and the blue water
are sights enough. The shipwreck at Kedros is not exactly a sight, but it is
the closest thing to one on this calm little island.
What to Do Donoussa is
a place for sunbathing, perhaps snorkeling a little and taking
walks. That's about it! Bring something to read or why not
Beaches Find your own little beach
and enjoy. There are many nice beaches for such a small island, and even
the harbour, Stavros, has a good enough beach.
Nightlife The only entertainment
resembling nightlife is sitting in one of the little taverns in Stavros
until late at night. This is the exception that confirms the rule: whereas
most Greek islands have some kind of bars, on Donoussa there is nothing.
Food and restaurants Here you get Greek
traditional food. The taverns are very few and almost all situated in
Shopping At the most some
Getting Around There is no
traffic on the island, so you'll have to settle with walking. You might
be able to get a boat owner to take you and pick you up at one of the
little bays and beaches.
Getting There The closest islands
with airports are Naxos and Paros. It is also connected to the mainland
(Piraeus Athens) through a boat line.
|Size: 13 sq. km
||International code: 0030
|Population: about 150 winter
||Local code: 22850
|Price rate: average
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