Schinoussa is a small island of the Cyclades. The capital is the
Schinoussa. The Island was inhabited since ancient times. According to
the tradition, the name of the island comes from the bushy plant schinos
that grows around the island. But there is another version in accordance
telling that the island took its name from the Venetian nobleman
Having trouble sleeping?
Well, then you have come to the right place. It can't get much quieter
than this. Almost no traffic, very few people and an extremely slow pace
are the major feature of this relatively green island.
As is usually the case with the non-touristy islands in Greece, the
locals do not speak much English, but are more than willing to
communicate with you through body language.
The people on Schinoussa live off traditional fishing and farming, and
because it is a quite fertile island for the Cyclades, they grow and
produce wine and breed cattle. More and more people are getting involved
with tourism, but it will take a long time before they can rely on it,
if ever.In recent years the island was visited by more tourists that are
seeking alternative and quiet islands with natural beauty to spend their
holidays. The tourist infrastructure of Schinoussa meet the needs of
visitors and offers all modern comforts. The natural beauty of the
island makes it more unique then the rest of other Cyclades islands.
History :Schinoussa was probably
inhabited at least in the 10 century BC. We do not have much knowledge
of the island's earliest history because of lack of archaeological
The Venetians owned the island from the 13th to the 16th century, and
the island was probably inhabited then. For some time, the monastery of
the Virgin Mary (Panagia) on Amorgos owned Schinoussa.
During the Turkish rule (16th to 19th century), it served as a pirate
What to See :The island's main
feature is its beautiful views wherever you turn. You can see Santorini
and Ios from here, for example. In Chora there is a folklore museum. The
rest is just sea and the occasional church. Schinoussa has two villages,
the Chora and Messaria. The village of Chora is built on a hill in the
interior of the island is 1.2 km from the port. In the past, the island
has suffered many raids from the pirates, thus, the residents built the
village of Chora that they are calling it Panagia (from the name of the
church of the Virgin Mary) on a hill in order to have visibility into
the sea. The houses are built with the typical architecture of the
Cyclades islands . The second settlement of the island Mesaria has a
wonderful Church and is located about a mile from the town. The people
involved in agriculture, livestock, fisheries and tourism.
What to Do
:There is not much else to do than to enjoy the beaches and the sea.
Bring good books and a deck of cards. You can go walking at the small
hills of the island and enjoy the peace of the nature surrounded by the
blue Aegean sae.
Schinoussa Beaches :Schinoussa has
17 beaches, and since there is no traffic, you'll have to walk to them.
Which shouldn't be too hard since the island is small and relatively
flat. Remember to bring water, though, since it can get really hot.
Around the island, you will found the beaches of Mersini,
the beaches of Tsigoura, Almyri, Livadi, Liolios and others.
Nightlife:The taverns are in
Chora, or Panagia, and there is one bar. In the hot evenings it is nice
to sit here until late, and enjoy the view and the quiet atmosphere.
Food :On Schinoussa you can expect
good, traditional Greek food. You'll find the taverns in Chora and many
of them offer a fantastic view.
Shopping :This is not an island for
shoppers, and the best souvenirs are eatable: local honey, wine or jam.
Getting Around: There are no
buses, taxis or car rentals on the island, so you must either hitchhike
or walk. Sometimes you can get a donkey ride.
Getting There :The nearest
islands with airports are Naxos and Paros with connections fro Athens
airport, and from there you can get a ferryboat. Be careful on the day
of departure - if its too windy the boats are cancelled
|Facts about Schinoussa*
|Size: 8 sq. km
Population: about 130
Internet cafe: No
Price rate: Cheap
|IInternational code: 0030
Local code: 22850
Port Police: 22300
Telephone company (OTE):
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