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Koufonisia is a cluster of two islands, Kato (Lower) and Pano (Upper) Koufonisi that belongs to the complex of Small East Cyclades. Geographically, it is located on the southeast side of Naxos and on the west side of Amorgos. Koufonisia also include the uninhabited island of Keros which is a protected archaeological site from which a good number of ancient Cycladic art has been excavated in the 20th century.


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Pano Koufonisi is the smallest and most densely populated island in Cyclades islands. It has an extent of 3,5 and its population amounts to 366 residents. The main occupation of the locals is fishing, so Koufonisi is a true fish village where the visitors can eat fish and seafood in abundance. Comparably to its population, it has one of the biggest fishing fleets in Greece. The white windmill on the east side of the port welcomes the visitors when they arrive on the island. Chora that is built in the southwest coast of Koufonisi is a characteristic example of Cycladic architecture. Its heavenly beaches- the majority of them are sandy- are part of the magic picture of the island. Koufonisi has been developed the last ten years, as far as tourism is concerned, so the natural beauty and its traditional colour has remained fadeless. All these, along with the warm hospitality of the residents and the reasonable prices of the hotels, the rooms for rent and the food, make the island the perfect destination for the summer and -why not- winter holidays.



Το Επάνω Κουφονήσι είναι το μικρότερο και πιο πυκνοκατοικημένο νησάκι των Κυκλάδων. Έχει έκταση 3,5 τ. χλμ. και 366 κατοίκους. Κύρια και αποκλειστική ενασχόληση των κατοίκων αποτελεί η αλιεία γεγονός που μετατρέπει το νησί σε ένα γνήσιο ψαροχώρι, όπου ο επισκέπτης μπορεί να απολαύσει σε αφθονία ολόφρεσκα ψάρια και θαλασσινά. Το Κουφονήσι, άλλωστε, διαθέτει έναν από τους μεγαλύτερους αλιευτικούς στόλους της Ελλάδας, αναλογικά πάντα με τον πληθυσμό του. Φτάνοντας στο νησί, ο λευκός ανεμόμυλος που δεσπόζει στα αριστερά του λιμανιού μοιάζει να καλωσορίζει τον επισκέπτη, ενώ πιο πάνω απλώνεται η χώρα, ένα πρότυπο κυκλαδικής αρχιτεκτονικής. Οι παραδεισένιες παραλίες του, όλες σχεδόν αμμώδεις, συμπληρώνουν τη μαγευτική εικόνα του νησιού. Το Κουφονήσι έχει αρχίσει να αναπτύσσεται τουριστικά την τελευταία δεκαετία κι έτσι η φυσική ομορφιά και η παραδοσιακή γοητεία του έχουν διατηρηθεί αναλλοίωτες. Αυτά, σε συνδυασμό με την άψογη φιλοξενία των ντόπιων, αλλά και τις προσιτές τιμές των ενοικιαζόμενων δωματίων και του φαγητού, καθιστά το νησί τον ιδανικό προορισμό για τις καλοκαιρινές,και όχι μόνο, διακοπές.



Pano Kufunissi e' la piu' piccola e popolata isola delle piccole Cicladi.E' di 3,5 km quadrati e ha 366 abitanti. L'unico lavoro degli abitanti e' sempre stato la pesca e quindi tutta l'isola e' un grande villaggio di pescatori. I turisti quindi possono godere in abbondanza di pesce fresco e di frutti di mare. Kufunissi dispone di una delle piu' grandi flotte da pesca della Grecia. Quando si arriva sull'isola, il mulino a vento bianco alla sinistra del porto sembra dare il benvenuto ai visitatori mentre la citta' si estende piu' in alto, come esempio di architettura delle Cicladi. Lo splendore dell'isola viene completato dalle sue incantevoli spiagge di sabbia. Kufunissi ha cominciato a svilupparsi turisticamente solo 10 anni fa per cui la sua bellezza ed il suo facino tradizionale sono rimasti inalterati. Tutto questo insieme alla ospitalita' degli abitanti, I prezzi convenienti delle camere ed il cibo, rendono quest'isola la destinazione perfetta per le vacanze balneari estive e non solo