Schinoussa Greek Island Hopping Guide

We Last Visited Schinoussa in 2003

Map of the Minor Cyclades graphic The Rough Guide says that Schinoussa is 'just waking up to it's tourist potential' but if you arrive on a gloomy day (like we did) you could be fooled into thinking that it had a quick cup of coffee and dozed off back to sleep. As with most first impressions you would be wrong. It is less geared up for visitors than it's easterly neighbour and very laid back but this really is rural Greece with pleasures of it's own.

Photo of Mersini, Schinoussa - Greece Some room owners meet the ferries but don't tout very aggresively for your business and if you don't ask they may well jump back into their mini-buses and drive past you without saying a word. The harbour at Mersini is a pretty place with a couple of rooms & cafes but most people stay up in Hora or locally called Panagia which is a 10 minute walk up the hill along the islands only asphalt road. We stayed in Pension Pothiti (17Euros Sept` 03) but isn't particularly recommended and a better option would be the Meltemi at the eastern end of the village or a number of other possibilities in this area.

Skinoussa Island Beaches

Photo of Tsigouri Beach, Schinoussa - Greece The islanders have to rate as some of the friendliest we have come across and they delight in your attempts at their language even when Panathanaikos get thrashed by Man' United. After a day or so you begin to realise that with some tasteful development the island does indeed have huge potential. There are a load of very good beaches dotted all around the coastline that are neither far away or difficult to get to with the closest being Tsigouri, now the base for Mr Grispos who has some lovely rooms and the ferry ticket office. Over the headland is Livadi, another quality sand beach backed by tamerisks and only 30 minutes walk from Hora. Our favourite though has to be Lioliou, signposted from the village and worth the 2.5km walk just to play in the surf and when the rooms here are finished will make a very relaxing base.

View of Naxos from the Windmill, Schinoussa - Greece If this beach is not to your liking you could try Aligaria, Almiros, Psilli Ammos or Foudana. For splendid views over the island in addition to those of Southern Naxos, Iraklia & both Koufounissi's head along the Hora-Messaria track and turn up the path to your left 100m or so before the 90 degree bend leading to the latter. This track takes you to the highest point on the island with a sadly neglected, but still impressive windmill.

With no nitelife to speak of you will find yourself relaxing in one of the tavernas ranging from the Pothiti, with traditional Greek fare and good views (in the day) of Iraklia & Ios, to the pizza & spaghetti specialist Loza at the centre of the village. A number of small supermarkets and part time Post Office round up the ammenities.

Skinoussa Island Summary

If you are tired of the 21st century already then Schinoussa is a step back in time and despite efforts is going to take more than a couple of years to catch up, we hope.

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