Donoussa (Donousa) belongs to the Small Cyclades but it is quite remote from the other islands of the group, and that makes it one of the least visited and off the beaten track destinations. It comprises of a main village and a couple of terrific sandy beaches which are highly estimated by wild nature lovers.
Ferries connect the island with Piraues, Naxos
(not daily) and the rest of the Small Cyclades (Koufonissia, Iraklia
and Schinoussa). The main village, Stavros, is a tiny settlement built amphitheatrically above the port and the long beach strip next to it. Rooms to rent are offered, as well as a supermarket, a bakery, doctor`s office, ATM and a few tavernas. If you have come to Donoussa without a car, be prepared to walk as there is no public transport. The main road starts from the port, continues east and then goes to the north part where the beach of Kalotaritissa is. The whole distance is about 5 km.
Except for Stavros, there are two other settlements, or rather neighborhoods. Some of Donoussa beaches are frequented by campers and naturists in July and August. Kendros/Kedros and Livadi which are considered to be the largest and the best beaches on the island, as Kedros is close to Stavros and offers a small beach cantina in the summer. Other beaches include Kalotaritissa and the pebbly Sapounohoma and Fikio.