Little Cyclades

“Hidden Gems with Untold Stories”

Discovering the enchanted Little Cyclades

The Little Cyclades, or "Mikres Cyclades" in Greek, is a group of small islands located in the southern part of the Cyclades archipelago in the Aegean Sea. These islands are known for their unspoiled beauty, traditional character, and relaxed atmosphere. The main islands include Iraklia, Schinoussa, Koufonisia, and Donoussa, along with several smaller islets. They offer a tranquil and authentic Greek island experience, making them an appealing destination for travelers seeking a slower pace and a closer connection to nature and tradition. Sailing through the Little Cyclades on a catamaran offers a harmonious blend of adventure, relaxation, and exploration. It's a way to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and authentic culture of these lesser-known Greek islands while enjoying the comfort and freedom that a catamaran provides. Each island has its own unique charm, and sailing allows you to appreciate the changing scenery from the comfort of your vessel.

Iraklia is the largest island in the Little Cyclades, known for its tranquility and scenic landscapes. It has beautiful beaches, hiking trails, and a charming main village. An excellent destination for those seeking a peaceful and authentic Greek island experience. Schinoussa is a small and picturesque island with crystal-clear waters and traditional Cycladic architecture. It's an ideal destination for nature lovers, offering hiking trails that lead to secluded beaches and scenic viewpoints. Koufonisia consists of two main islands, Pano Koufonisi and Kato Koufonisi, connected by a small sea channel. Pano Koufonisi is inhabited and more developed, while Kato Koufonisi is uninhabited and can be reached by boat. It is known for its stunning beaches and a relaxed, bohemian atmosphere. Donoussa is the northernmost island in the Little Cyclades, known for its quiet and laid-back ambiance. It offers beautiful beaches, clear waters, and a traditional Greek island experience. A preferred option for those seeking a peaceful retreat.



Complex of islands:
Cyclades islands


Chora, Donoussa and Iraklia


Center Cyclades


Distance from Athens:
168 miles


Famous for:
Aquamarine waters


Might be windy

One week route of the Cyclades

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Explore sea caves in Koufonisia

Koufonisia, a captivating gem within the Little Cyclades, beckons with its enchanting beauty and laid-back charm. When on board on one of our catamarans, you will discover hidden sea caves, pristine beaches such as Pori as well as opportunities for snorkeling. Don't miss the chance to stroll through the charming Chora and relish the flavors of the sea in waterfront tavernas. Koufonisia, with its simplicity, natural beauty, and welcoming atmosphere, offers a serene escape for those seeking an authentic Greek island experience.

Sooth your soul in Schinoussa and Iraklia

With its untouched beauty and unhurried pace, Schinoussa helps you to connect with nature and experience the genuine warmth of a traditional Greek island. Either diving into secluded beaches such as Tsigouri or Livadi beach while on board our catamaran or enjoying the panoramic view from its picturesque Church, it will sooth your soul and fill you with joy. In Iraklia you can choose hiking that lead to scenic viewpoints and hidden spots. A popular trek is the one to the cave of Agios Ioannis, offering panoramic views of the Aegean. 

Escape in Donoussa

Donoussa is an off-the-beaten-path destination, perfect for those seeking a tranquil retreat away from more touristy areas. Explore the Cave of the Seven Virgins, a unique natural formation near Stavros, enjoy the celestial wonders far away from city lights or visit Stavros village and blend in with the locals. Whether you seek pristine beaches, hiking adventures, or a taste of local life, this Little Cyclades gem has something special to offer.

Although we always like to remain objective, there are things in each island we admire and others we believe you need to be aware of.

Unspoiled Beauty

Serene Atmosphere

Island-Hopping opportunities

Hiking Trails and rich marine life


Less Nightlife

Fewer Tourist Amenities

These islands captivate visitors with their unspoiled beauty, serene atmosphere, and traditional charm providing a refuge for those seeking a slower pace of life, away from the bustling tourist hubs. Whether you're drawn to secluded beaches, hiking trails, or the warm hospitality of traditional villages, the Little Cyclades complex invites you to discover the timeless allure of authentic Greek island living.

-Eugene suggests

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Pori (Koufonisia)

The longest beach in Ano Koufonisi with white sandy shore and emerald-green waters. There are a few nearby attractions and spots ideal for snorkeling such as "The Devil's Eye" cave, "Pisina", which is a natural rock formation and Gala beach, a truly magical spot with unique atmosphere.

Fanos Beach (Koufonisia)

This beach offers stunning clear water with fine sand, suitable for snorkelling and swimming to near small water caves. 

Ammos Beach (Koufonisia)

A tropical blend of blue and greens combined with fine white sand, this beach serves a unique view of the uninhabited island of Keros.

Tsigouri Beach (Schinoussa)

This secluded beach in Schinoussa is an unspoiled spot surrnounded by nature providing a serene escape.

Livadi Beach (Schinoussa)

A pristine stretch of sand with azure waters, surrounded by hills and offering a tranquil environment for sunbathing and swimming.

Psili Ammos Beach (Schinoussa)

This gem is located in a small remoted bay featuring unspoilt turquoise blue waters and tranquil sandy shores

Kedros Beach (Donoussa)

A beautiful, sandy beach offering a tranquil setting surrounded by hills and is an excellent spot for swimming and enjoying the natural beauty of the island.


Agios Georgios Beach (Iraklia)

This amazing beach is situated next to Iraklia port. It is ideal for families with shalow, calm, crystal clear waters.

Karvounolakos Beach (Iraklia)

A quite small, isolated beach surrounded by impressive, rock formations with colors ranging from green to copper and gold, another ideal spot for snorkeling enthusiasts.

Alimia Beach (Iraklia)

The bay of Alimia hosts two beautiful beaches located on the southwestern coast of the island. Both sandy and protected by the winds, with beautiful waters and breathtaking view. Close by is situated the wreckage of a German hydroplane that sank during world war II, only 9 meters underwater, definitely worth exploring!

Sites Worth Visiting

Glaronissi (Koufonisia)

An uninhabited island in the middle of Pano Koufonisia, Kato Koufonisia, and Keros. Its name (Glaros meaning seagull) derives from the hundreds of seagulls, who choose it for nesting and reproduction. When onboard our catamaran you will enjoy the pristine aquamarine waters, secluded bays, and sea caves scattered around this lovely little isle. Once anchored you can enjoy endless hours of privacy and relaxation.

The Church of Panagia Akathi (Schinoussa)

Built in true Cycladic style with whitewashed walls and a blue dome, this church is located in Schinoussa. Here you will find a precious icon of the Virgin Mary. The church hosts a large celebration every year on the 15th of August, where locals and others from the surrounding islands come together to celebrate.

Holy Cross Church (Donoussa)

A church following the traditional Cycladic architectural style, featuring a blue dome and a characteristic bell tower, is considered protector of Donoussa. Every year on September 14th, there is a celebration held including, apart from the religious ceremonies, a festival the evening before.

Agios Georgios Church (Iraklia)

The Orthodox Christian basilica is dedicated to Saint George, the patron saint of Iraklia, being the biggest church of the island. It celebrates annually on April 23rd and festivities are carried out by locals.

the weather

During May temperatures start from 19°C to a high 23°C.

During summer the weather wams up to 28°C. 


One week route of the Cyclades

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