Ferry tickets and schedules to Koufonisia
Introducing Koufonisia to international travelers is quite a challenge! First of all, they are two: Ano Koufonisi and Kato Koufonisi. They are both incredible, with their main asset the turquoise water and their main difference this: You cannot stay at Kato Koufonisi unless you want to do free camping and you cannot drive at Kato Koufonisi. Unless you want to destroy your car.
Ferry from Athens to Koufonisia
You can get from Athens to Koufonisia all year round. During winter, ferries depart from Piraeus to Koufonisia, while during summer more route may be operated from Rafina to Koufonisia. The trip lasts around 5 hours for th high-speed ferry, while it can reach 7.5 hours for a conventional ferry.
Island-hopping in Koufonisia
The Small Cyclades are the islands of Amorgos, Schinousa, Iraklia, and Koufonisia. The ferry tickets from Koufonisia to the other islands of Small Cyclades or to Naxos and Amorgos are quite cheap and thus facilitate island hopping between these islands. Koufonisia are well connected to Naxos, Amorgos, Irakleia, Donousa and Schinousa with regular and highspeed ferries (during high season). To be more precise the port of Ano Koufonisi is connected to all of these islands. The legendary ferry boat Express Skopelitis connects Koufonissi with Naxos, Amorgos and the rest of the Small Cyclades from Monday to Saturday. To reach Kato Koufonisi and some of the beaches of both islands you will need to take a small boat with frequent itineraries between the two islands, with an average cost of 5 euros.
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Koufonisia are extremely beautiful. Given their small size it is possible to reach easily by walking all of the great beaches at the western and southern area of the island. You should visit Gala, the beach with the great cave that you can swim through it. Worth mentioning are also “Italida”, “Fanos” and “Pori” which all are sandy beaches, with sand dunes and light blue water. The natural swimming pools are also amazing, and you can find them by walking the coastline from the port to Gala. It is needless to say that a walk through the Chora of Ano Koufonisi is beautiful, especially during the afternoon, when it is not so hot and you can admire the sunset!
Activities in Koufonisia
Koufonisia are small islands, but that does not mean that you cannot find different activities to do every day! First of all, swimming is always the best option or laying at the beach for a whole day is a good alternative! If you feel more adventurous you can visit Kato Koufonisi.
If you feel more adventurous you can visit Kato Koufonisi. This could be a daily trip with the main goal the exploration of hidden beaches, the hiking to seek the most amazing views and the delicious traditional food at the only tavern of the island, with the very original atmosphere and the name “Venetsanos”. There is always the option to do free camping close to the tavern, at “Lakki” beach or at the “Nero” beach, so feel free to bring your tent!
Island hopping around Ano Koufonisi is also an excellent option. Through Ferryhopper you can find the perfect trips for you, in order to do a daily cruise around Ano Koufonisi, or even stay some days to the other close islands of Small Cyclades, like Schinousa and Irakleia!
What should be on your bucket list: Breaking dawn at Pori, the eastern part of the island, which offers a truly breathtaking sunrise. Pori is also home to Kalofeggo, one of the island’s finest bars and restaurants.