Schinoussa (Little Cyclades)

Schinoussa means The Island of the Sun. It’s a small island with a population of around 250.

Schinoussa: The tavernas on the quay

Schinoussa: The tavernas on the quay

Schinoussa lies just off the southern end of Naxos and is part of the Little Cyclades group.

The well sheltered main port, Mersini is on the west coast. It’s a small settlement with a couple of restaurants. There’s a ferry service from here to Naxos and to Piraeus. It’squiet impressive watching the Piraeus ferry swing around in the tight confines of the harbour.

The capital, called Panagia or Chora is a mile or so inland. Panagia offers great views of the surrounding islands. It’s home to a small folklore museum.

Close to Mersini harbour is the cave of Maniatis. There is also a pebble beach nearby, one of a huge number of beaches around the island.

Schinoussa: The ferry from Naxos and the yacht quay

Schinoussa: The ferry from Naxos and the yacht quay

Schinoussa is primarily an agricultural island. As well as the usual cucumbers, tomatoes, figs and melons, it is particularly known for its fava beans and several local cheeses. It also has it’s favourite tipple, rakomelo made from wine and raki.

Most of all Schinoussa is a relaxing place. The ferry puts up a wash as it arrives and leaves but it soon passes. A place to take a dip in the bay, wallow in a good book, or chew the fat over a beer.

 

 

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