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Peace and quiet in the Lesser Cyclades, Donoussa

Small and remote, the easternmost and northernmost of the Lesser Cyclades, the island of Donoussa is definitely off the beaten track, an oasis of peace and tranquility for those seeking the beauty of the Cyclades without the hustle and bustle of bigger, mainstream islands. With about 150 residents, Donoussa has a small island feel and everything there seems to move at a slower pace: other than the ferry that arrives at the harbor a few times a week, the impression travelers have is of arriving in a calm and remote Mediterranean paradise. Stavros, a picture-perfect Greek island village, gives the feeling of returning to a simpler, more genuine way of life. The amazing landscapes and the stunning beaches make Donoussa a playground for nature lovers, and while some beaches are easily accessible, others remain isolated, perfect for those who love free camping. The silence is only interrupted by the waves crashing on the shores, as traffic on the island is almost nonexistent. Keep in mind that there are no cars or scooters for hire (and no gas station) and that some beaches can only be reached on foot.

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Donoussa for...
  • Couple
  • Families
  • Solo Traveler
  • Group

For those couples in need of a romantic getaway to leave everyday life and stress behind, Donoussa offers beautiful, uninterrupted views, secluded beaches and all-round peace and quiet.

Small and easy to explore with public transportation, Donoussa is ideal for those families not looking for too much entertainment and beach infrastructure, but rather a more natural approach to a beach vacation.

The ultimate solo destination for those who want to surround themselves with nature, and silence, Donoussa is ideal for those who really enjoy traveling alone and are not looking for a lively nightlife. Yoga practitioners will find a wealth of classes on the island.

Groups of younger friends might find Donoussa to be way too quiet, while groups looking for a relaxing holiday in contact with nature will appreciate the simple lifestyle of this island.