A tiny island, a perfect getaway for people who just want
peace and quiet, Donoussa is a genuine island without any major
tourism. It get a little busier during high season, but most
holidaymakers are Greeks from the mainland.
Donoussa has quite a harsh nature, but if you decide to go for a walk you'll meet cattle, goats and sheep here and there. Since the islanders can not survive on just tourism, most of them are involved with agriculture and fishing. The locals are friendly, but it is sometimes hard to communicate with them since they don't have much experience in speaking English.
According to some
Ariadne fled to this island after
Theseus had left her sleeping on Naxos. This is just about
the only mythology connected with Donoussa.
We do not know much about the ancient history of this island, except that it was probably inhabited as early as in the 10century BC, and that it was a place where the Romans sent their exiles after they conquered the Cyclades in the 2nd century BC.
Just like the other islands, it belonged to Venetian rulers from the 13th to the 16th century, when the Turks took over. Being such a tiny island, it was not very interesting for the invaders, so pirates took the opportunity and established a foothold here.
During World War II, a British warship was sunk here, and you can still discern it from the beach Kedros.
What to see
This is an island where you just relax, or perhaps take a walk through the nature. The steep coastline, the hills and the blue water are sights enough. The shipwreck at Kedros is not exactly a sight, but it is the closest thing to one on this calm little island.
What to do
Donoussa is a place for sunbathing, perhaps snorkeling a little and taking walks. That's about it! Bring something to read or why not paint!
Find your own little beach and enjoy. There are many nice beaches for such a small island, and even the harbour, Stavros, has a good enough beach.
The only entertainment resembling nightlife is sitting in one of the little taverns in Stavros until late at night. This is the exception that confirms the rule: whereas most Greek islands have some kind of bars, on Donoussa there is nothing.
Food and restaurants, Here you get Greek traditional food. The taverns are very few and almost all situated in Stavros.
At the most some postcards!
There is no traffic on the island, so you'll have to settle with walking. You might be able to get a boat owner to take you and pick you up at one of the little bays and beaches.
The closest islands with airports are Naxos and Paros. It is also connected to the mainland Piraeus and Athens through a boat line.
Facts about Donoussa
Size: 13 sq. km
International code: 0030
Population: about 150 winter 900 summer
Local code: 22850
Price rate: average