The Island of Shinoussa in the Western Cyclades

Shinoussa , a small island covering 9.5 square kms, belongs to the group of the small Cyclades.  It is situated south of Naxos and northeast of Iraklia.  It has a population of just 206 inhabitants.

There is a regular boat service and the journey from Piraeus to Mersini (the port of the island) takes 7 to 9 hours, depending on the type of boat.  The intercycladic line connects Syros with Shinoussa every Monday and takes approximately 9 hours, or from Naxos on a daily basis.

Shinoussa has 2 villages, Hora and Messaria.  Hora is built on a hill in the middle of the island, 1.2kms from the port, Mersini, which is considered to be one of the best getaways for small boats in the whole of the Aegean.  The second village, Messaria, is situated 3 kms from Hora.

Inhabitants occupy themselves with farming, stock breeding, fishing and tourism.  Visitors to Shinoussa will enjoy relaxation and tranquility.  The stillness of the landscape, the endless blue sea and sky and the warm, friendly faces of the locals, calm body and soul.  Shinoussa offers all modern comforts to satisfy the vistors' needs.

The island has been inhabited since ancient times.  According to tradition, its name comes from the bushy plant, skino, which thrives all over the island.  According to another version, it takes its name from a   Venetian nobleman, Schinoza.

Many archaelogical finds on the island indicate that Shinoussa took part in the creation of early Cycladic Greek civilisation, with the centre being the neighbouring island of Kero. 

An abundance of ceramic findings and a great number of destroyed churches testify to the rich commercial activities apparent during the Byzantine period.  During several historical periods, the island was deserted by its inhabitants due to frequent pirate invasions.  From the middle of the 19th century, the island began to be inhabited again, mainly with families from Amorgos. 

The church of the "entrance" of the Virgin Mary, with the miraculous icon of the Madonna of Akathi in Hora.

The church of Evangelism, in the traditional hamlet of Messaria.

The pirate's cave, on the road to the port.


DOCTORS SURGERY:   22850 71385
COMMUNITY:   22850 71170
NAXOS  PORT AUTHORITY :   22850 22300

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The islands' name is prehellenic and was corrrelated with the phoeonix  TANNOTI ( snake) , it was also called Ofioosa ( full of snakes ) which  was alleged to have exterminated the  patron saint  Poseidon.


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The island of Sikinos in the Southern Cyclades

Sikinos is situated between Ios and Folegandros.  It is one of the smallest islands in the Cyclades with an area of 41 sq kms and maintains its traditional colour.

Hora, the main town, is built on the edge of a precipitous cliff edge in the northeastern part of the island.  It consists of two settlements, Kastro and Horio, both as beautiful and charming as each other.  On the southeastern face of the cliff is the port of Sikinos.