Welcome to Donousa Island, a tranquil paradise tucked away in the heart of the Cyclades, Greece. With its untouched beauty, crystalline waters, and authentic Greek charm, Donousa offers a perfect escape for travellers seeking a serene getaway. This comprehensive guide will walk you through all you need to know to make the most of your Donousa adventure.

Donousa Island is a true gem, often overshadowed by its more famous Cycladic neighbours. Its unspoiled landscapes, secluded beaches, and warm-hearted locals create an idyllic atmosphere that is perfect for relaxation and exploration. Whether you are a nature lover, an adventure seeker, or a history enthusiast, Donousa has something extraordinary to offer.

How to Get There

Join a Luxe Sailing tour. To reach Donousa, you will need to take a ferry from Athens or other nearby Cycladic islands. Ferries regularly depart from Piraeus port in Athens and from Naxos, Amorgos, and other popular islands. The ferry ride offers breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea, making the journey part of the adventure.

Getting Around

Donousa is a small island, making it easily navigable on foot, by bicycle, or by renting a scooter. There are also limited local buses that connect the main villages and beaches, providing convenience for exploring the island’s beauty.


Immerse yourself in the laid-back lifestyle of Donousa. The locals are known for their warm hospitality and traditional way of life. Engage in conversations with fishermen, artisans, and farmers, and learn about their rich cultural heritage. Donousa’s annual festivals, featuring music, dance, and delicious food, offer a glimpse into authentic Greek celebrations.

Activities and Adventures

  1. Beach Bliss: Donousa boasts a variety of beaches, each with its own unique charm. Dive into the crystalline waters of Kedros Beach, explore the enchanting caves of Fokospilia Beach, or unwind on Livadi Beach’s golden sands.
  2. Hiking Haven: Lace up your hiking boots and explore the island’s trails. The hike to the highest point, Mount Papas, rewards you with panoramic views of the Cyclades. Follow ancient paths to discover hidden chapels, terraced fields, and aromatic herbs.
  3. Snorkelling and Diving: Dive into the underwater wonderland surrounding Donousa. The island’s clear waters are perfect for snorkelling and diving, allowing you to explore vibrant marine life and fascinating rock formations.
  4. Boat Excursions: Embark on a boat tour around Donousa to explore its secluded coves and sea caves. Enjoy swimming in pristine waters and indulge in a picnic with local delicacies.


Donousa’s cuisine reflects its connection to the sea and the land. Enjoy freshly caught seafood, locally produced cheeses, and organic vegetables. Try the island’s signature dishes like “Patatato,” a slow-cooked goat with potatoes, and “Xynomyzithra,” a unique cheese with a tangy flavour.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Donousa’s nightlife is all about relaxation and enjoying the company of fellow travellers. Enjoy a leisurely evening by sipping local wines at tavernas or beachside bars. Do not miss the chance to stargaze in the island’s unpolluted night skies, an enchanting experience that complements the serene atmosphere.


Your adventure on Donousa Island promises a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and relaxation. With this guide in hand, you are well-equipped to make the most of your journey to this hidden Cycladic treasure. Embrace the tranquillity and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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