The islands of Koufonisia

Koufonisia is the name given to a group of three small islands located on the Greek archipelago of the Cyclades. These three islands are known as Pano Koufonisi, Keros, and Kato Koufonisi. The small Keros and a narrow of about 190 meters are situated between Pano Koufonisi and Kato Koufonisi separating them.

The island of Kato Koufonisi is hardly inhabited despite of the fact that it is very beautiful and offers several amazing beaches. This island has a territory of about 4,5 km2, most of it conserving its natural appearance. There are only a few constructions in this island, among which one of the most interesting and visited ones by tourists is the Church of Panagia, built over the ruins of an ancient construction.

The smallest of Koufonisia’s islands is Pano Koufonisi. Pano Koufonisi differs from Kato Koufonisi on the fact that it counts with an important amount of inhabitants and shows a very densely inhabited territory, which actually turns it into the most densely populated island of the entire Cyclades archipelago. The territory of Pano Koufonissi is of about 3,5 km2 while it counts with about 290 inhabitants, most of them related to the activity of fishing which is the motor of the economy of the village. Besides this, this island has some beautiful beaches with clear blue waters which all those who are fond of being close to the sea would surely enjoy.

The third island of Koufonisia, Keros, is recognized as an important archaeological site and protected as it. This archaeological importance is due to the fact that an important number of ancient Cycladic artifacts and objects were discovered in this island, turning it into a very appealing spot which most tourists who approach this area of the Cyclades choose not to miss. Keros is uninhabited, although receives many tourists on a daily basis who approach attracted by its historical interest.

Besides these three main islands, Koufonisia is also surrounded by several other small islands, among which we can name Tsoulofi, Voulgaris, Drima, Lazaros, Plakes, Loubardari, and Glaronissi. Arriving to this area should not be difficult since there are ferry lines connecting it with other Cycladic destinations, such as Rafina or Piraeus, on a regular basis.

Map of Koufonisia in Greece