Schinoussa, differs from any other small island in Cyclades having a kind of exotic beauty. The island of Schinoussa belongs to the group of islands that forms “Lesser Cyclades” which is formed by Donoussa, Koufonisia, Irakleia and Schinoussa. There are beautiful beaches with light blue water and interesting sea bed for snorkelling. Most of the hotels and restaurants are located in the settlements of Hora and Messaria.
The distant history of Schinoussa past almost nothing is familiar. A marble Neolithic figurine found indicates that the island was inhabited since prehistoric times. It seems to have retained its name since antiquity, if we accept the phonetic coincidence with ancient Echinousa. According to tradition, the name of the bushy mastic plant that grows throughout the island. But there is another version according to which takes its name from the Venetian nobleman Schinoza.
During the Byzantine era Schoinousa had important commercial activity, according to the abundance of Byzantine pottery finds. The Middle Ages was conquered by the Venetians, without owning it. Preserved a medieval castle and a Frankish Tower. It schinoussa accept many raids from the pirates, so the residents built the village on a hill.
It seems that the last inhabitants of Schinoussa descended from Amorgos and settled on the island around 1840.
Mersini is the port of Schinoussa island and one of the best shelters of small ships in Aegean Sea. Hora is the main settlement where there is a little folk museum that features a reconstructed bread oven. The nearest beaches to the settlement of Hora are Tsigouri and Livadi beach. Further on there are the beaches of Almyros and Aligaria.
Schinoussa producing excellent fodder and agricultural products (beef, pork, goat, oil cheese, xinotyro, kopanisti, fava beans, arid gherkins, honey) but mainly famous for the goat of the meat, the beans, the beans and the arid gherkins, which have very particular taste. Top on the list of dishes of Schoinousiotikis kitchen is patatato (goat meat with potatoes and herbs in the pot), the octopus pasta and pitaridia (handmade pasta boiled in goat milk), but the culinary delights do not stop here.
You will try all the local dishes, but you can buy from the local shops.