The northernmost island of the Small Eastern Cyclades is located east of Naxos and north of Amorgos. The island has a land area of 13.5 sq. km and numerous coves some of which hide magnificent sandy beaches.
There are 110 inhabitants in the following four beautiful villages: Donoussa or Stavros (the biggest village and a port), Mersini, Haravgi and Kalotaritissa.
According to the mythology, Dionysus offered Ariadni a hiding place in Donoussa so that Thesseus could not find her. A settlement dating to the Geometric Period as well as remains of Bronze Age dwellings reveal the historical importance of the island.
Explore by boat magnificent caves like “Spilia Tichou” (Cave of the Wall) with its beautiful stalactite formations, located northwest, and “Fokospilia” (meaning seal cave), at the eastern coast of the island, a habitat of seals. Indulge yourself in a variety of culinary delights! Taste “souvli”, a cream made of barley, “aranista” (type of pasta), “patatato” (a potato dish) tasty sesame bars, “kserotíyana” (honey-dipped spiral pastries), Indian fig (prickly pear) jam and rakí made of dried figs!
If you want to get away from it all and enjoy peaceful holidays, Donoussa is the ideal choice for you!
Donoussa is connected to Piraeus and other Aegean ports. The conventional ferries make the route ""Piraeus - Heraklion"" in about 6.5 hours.