The Koufonisia, two small islands separated by a 200-meter straight, lie southeast of Naxos and west of Amorgos. Pano Koufonisi, more widely known simply as Koufonisi, is the smallest of the Cyclades.You will find us at the centre of Ano Koufonisi 150m form the port (possibility of transport). The beautiful beaches of Foinika , Fanos and Italida (or else Pounta square) are 1k, from our rooms and the blue Pori, 2km while the nearest beach is only 100m form our rooms. All distances in our island are easily covered on foot
There are two versions, as far as the name of the island is concerned. According to the first one, Koufonisia was the ancient name of the gulf which is between Koufonisia and Glaronisi. As a matter of fact, the full name was “Koufos Limin”, which means lee port, where ships can anchor.
According to the second version, which is supported by Manesis, this name was chosen because of the large number of caves and sediments without boisterous rocks that are found on the island. Anthony Miliarakis, in contrast with these two theories, wrote in his book in 1920 that Pano Koufonisi was known as “Fakousa” and Kato Koufonisi as “Pino”.
According to archaeological findings, Koufonisia were inhabited since prehistoric times. Excavations in Epano Mili brought to light important findings that date back to the first years of Cycladic civilization. One of the most important findings from this period is a fryer-shaped vessel with a nine-ray star on it, exhibited in Naxos’ museum. Excavations on the east shore brought to light findings of the Hellenistic and Roman times.
Koufonisia island is place you will pass for sure with the traditional kalderimi. The most picturesque place of our island. The place where night with company and with locals becomes visitor’s pitch.The few holy stones and the view from the chapel of According to the story the guardian of our island, San George who prevented a sheep with leprous from reaching the port of the island (ask the locals for stories with more details). Alsro few holy stones and the view from the chapel of Profitis Ilias have remained the same for decades.
A small folklore museum displaying objects from our local ancestors houses.
The best sighseeing of Koyfonisia island is one from the few traditional boatyards which there are in Greece .
The koufonisia famous for its traditional products. Some of them are Xinomyzithra “rakomelo” (raki with honey). You should also try the local delicacies of Koyfonisia island as lobster, fish and seafood, cheese, sesame, xerotigana. Easter, goat stuffed with rice. Ibex from Kero. If you have a boat, in Pano Koufonissi would refueling.
Here you will enjoy an experience of summer holidays which you will live nowhere else. Days and nights in Koufonisia go through with a cool sense, dives into the sea with the blue colors and restness. Seas in Koufonisia are full of fish and very interesting for divers and fishermen.