Koufonisia are two small neighbour islands that belong to the complex of Small East Cyclades. It is Kato Koufonisi and Epano Koufonisi, southeast of Naxos and west of Amorgos. They are separated by a narrow strait of 200m width.These islands are inhabited since prehistoric times. Excavations brought into light findings from Cycladic Civilization. Koufonisia were the refuge and base of pirates.
Kato Koufonisi has an extend of 4,3sq.km and it’s almost uninhabited. You will see only some rural houses, while in its small graphic port anchor only fish boats and tourist boats. It has beautiful isolated shores preferred by nudists.The only sightseeing in the island is the small church of Panagia built on the sea wall, over ancient remains.
Epano Koufonisi is the smallest and densely populated island in Cyclades islands. It has an extend of 3,5sq.km and 285 residents.
Koufonisi as locals call it is a true fish village. All of its residents work with fishing and comparably to its population we would say that it has one of the biggest fishing fleets in Greece. Characteristic is what people say, with some exaggeration. That fish boats are more than the residents.
Discover in a glance the best things to see and do in Koufonisia island
The museum was created in 2011 at the initiative of the then Head of the new municipality of Koufonisia, Antonis Koveos.
It opened officially on June 30, 2011.
The council, local inhabitants and many friends contributed enormously to the work required.
The exhibits have been provided by the inhabitants – they tell their story and memories.
You will find it next to the church of St George, by the old water fountain.
Domestic utensils, big and small, the tools of the farmer’s labour, the fisherman’s, the ship’s carpenter’s, old picture frames, all reminding us of times gone by.
The main occupation of the islanders used to be the production of basic commodities for their families.One of these was wheat.
For grinding this into flour there were two windmills, which to this day stand proudly and adorn Koufonisi.The first towers above the harbour, and appears to welcome visitors.The second windmill is located near the shipyard, in the Loutro area.
It was built around 1830.It has been designated a Modern Monument of the Preindustrial Era.
This is where repair and maintenance of sea vessels is done.
The Koufonisia own the largest fishing fleet in Greece in proportion to their population.
There used to be two dockyards on the island, but only one of them remains in operation as the other one closed after its owner retired.
The one still in operation is located in the Loutro area. It is the only one in Mikres Cyclades.
The work there remains almost exactly the same as it was in the past.
A natural swimming pool awaits you in the eastern part of the island.Walking along the cliff path towards the east, past Platia Pounda beach and before you get to Pori beach, about halfway, you will find a large rock pool, big enough for several people to swim in.It is perfect for diving, too.It might be one of the amusements that Neptune once provided for the entertainment of the Nereides, his sea wives.