Schinoussa is a Cycladic island in the Aegean Sea. The capital of the island is Schinoussa. The island has been inhabited since ancient times. According to tradition, its name owes it to the shrubby shrub plant that thrives throughout the island. But there is another version according to which the island was named after the Venetian lord Schinoza. It has a total of 15 beaches. During the tour of the beaches of the island, starting from the port, we meet the beach Mersini, Tsigouri, Livadi, Lioliou, Psili Ammos, Almyros, Fikio etc. The road network is rudimentary and reaches most of the beaches only dirt road, but this is another element of picturesqueness.


Schinoussa is located approximately in the center of the Small Eastern Cyclades. We find it south of Naxos and northeast of Heraklion. It is a small island, with 211 people (απογρ.2011)[1] and an area of ​​8,144 sq.m. km offered for a quiet vacation. It belongs to the province of Naxos and has regular transport, with the journey from Piraeus to Mersini, its safe port, lasting 7-8 hours. Mersini is considered one of the best shelters for small boats in the entire Aegean. The highest peak of the island is Mylos with an altitude of 133 meters.


In recent years the island is visited by more and more travelers who are looking for quiet places with unspoiled beauties to spend their holidays. The tourist infrastructure of Schinoussa satisfies the needs of the visitors of the island and offers them all the modern comforts.


Schinoussa has two settlements, Chora and Messaria. The settlement of Chora is built on a hill, in the interior of the island and is 1.2 km. from the port. In the past years the island had suffered a lot of damage from pirate raids. Thus, the inhabitants built the village of Panagia, as they call Chora from the church of Panagia Akathi, on a hill to have visibility to the sea. The houses are built with the typical Cycladic architecture. The second settlement of the island, Messaria is distinguished for the church of Evangelistria and is 3 km away. from Chora. The inhabitants are engaged in agriculture, animal husbandry, fishing and tourism.