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- Excellent beach, you can go by bus, by boat or walking from the port (Stavros) - 30-40 minutes.
Get sea glasses to have a view of the wreck, about 20-30m from the beach.
Fantastic, cool and sandy, a beach from the 70s.Written August 8, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Another beach from the 70s. Accessible by bus or car. 3 different beaches to to experience peace and an enjoyable swimming.Written August 8, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The three longest beaches on Donoussa are Stavros by the village, then nearby Kedros and finally the more remote Livadi beach. It would be hard to tell, which is the best of them. They all have nice sand on land and in the adjacent water and they are easy to get in and out of the water. On top they don't require a long walk until the water is deep enough to start swimming.
Stavros has the advantage that one can go for a swim just by the accommodation, since almost all visitors will be staying at the village there. Kedros, a 20min easy walk from Stavros has a café-bar. It is the maybe most popular beach on the island and nudism is possible.
In season there is an excursion boat that takes people to Livadi, otherwise there is a bus to Mersini, from where a quite stony path goes down (20 minutes, altitude difference about 140m). I had first come to this beach in September 1988, when there were no roads, no cars and almost no tourists on the island. It was during my walk around the whole island, from Stavros to Kalotaritissa and on to Mersini and back to Stavros that I discovered this beach.
At that moment, so I remember, Livadi was one of the most beautiful beaches I had seen in Greece and I had subsequently published a photo, I had taken then, in a book of mine. This time again I walked from Stavros to here, via Mersini spring, but the difference was that I didn't have the whole beach to myself as then, sharing it with several other people.
Especially on the side with the tamarisk trees it is full of free campers. Nudism is almost the rule here. Unlike Stavros and Kedros there are quite a few stones in the sand. I didn't like the place anymore the way I did over 30 years ago.Written June 27, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The main Donousa beach by the small port. A lot of people (for Donousa's ratio), but still free (no umbrellas for hire), clean and cool.Written August 8, 2022
- In the Kalotaritissa Bay (also called: Roussa Bay) in the north of Donoussa are to be found a hamlet with a tavern and three beaches. The closest to the settlement with a tavern is the one in the middle, also called 'Mesa Ammos' (middle sand) or just 'Kalotaritissa Beach'. It is the biggest and most popular. To the south of it, but very close, is the small 'Sapounochoma' (soap earth) beach.
A 10 minutes walk away on a path is Trypiti, which in Greek means 'perforated', probably referring to holes in the rocks, although I didn't see any, thus they may have eroded since the name was given. This is the one beach here to which people, who don't feel like wearing too many textiles, will go to. Although when there it was not just a strictly nudist beach.
The beach is - as all the other one's in this bay - a mixture of sand and small pebbles. There is no shade, so people often bring their own day tent, as I saw. In the water there is a mixture of sand and rocks with plenty of sea urchins, also there is sea grass (fykia) in parts. Facing southwest it is protected from the northern Meltemi winds in summer.Written June 29, 2022
- This small church offers shelter from the wind to people waiting for the bus at Mersini village. The wind is always strong there and usually it's even difficult to stand. So it's a common site to see people staggering towards the hospitable church to take cover. The view is fantastic and I've never had a better time waiting for the bus!Written July 18, 2019
- a picturesque,and beautiful views from within the area and a beautiful,not tootiring walk to church.Written June 19, 2017
- The path in a southerly direction from the worthwhile to visit Mersini spring bifurcates after 500m. The path to the right goes to Livadi Beach, the one to the left to Fykio Beach. Fykio is slightly closer, thus the people of Mersini used this place as their small harbor and one can still see a ruined pier nearby.
The much bigger Livadi Beach, popular also for free campers, has a direct connection to the tiny Fykio Beach, the path being about 200m long. It had four people there, when I passed by, so I thought that a fifth person at this beach would be a crowd and it wouldn't be appreciated by the nudists already there.
Since I had just been swimming at Livadi and since I still had quite a walk ahead of me till Stavros I didn't go for a swim at this place, which in Greek means 'sea grass spot'. Looking at it from above I didn't see any by the water nor dried up on land, only much further out in the sea, recognizable by the dark patches.Written June 27, 2022
- A very worthwhile branch off on Donoussa's Trail No 1 from Stavros to Kalotaritissa - one of five waymarked trails on the island - is the one towards the island's highest peak, Mount Papas (387m asl). Of the group of islands called 'Small Cyclades' only the peak on Iraklia, also called 'Mount Papas', is a bit higher with 420m asl.
The branch off to the peak is at the highest point of trail No 1, just before the descent to Kalotaritissa bay. There are no signs to it and the path is sometimes not very clear, especially at the beginning, but it is easy towards the end, where I saw plenty of goats. To come down one can use another, more direct and steeper path to the starting point. The difference in altitude is approximately 110m and it takes one way about 20 minutes.
At the peak is a triangulation column made of concrete, as one usually finds at high points in Greece. The views in all directions are superb. To the southeast one will see a peak of almost similar height, the Vardia. Being exposed, it can be quite windy up here. In any case since the path is full of stones, good hiking boots are recommended. Naturally also protection from the sun and enough water. At the end one will enjoy a swim at one of three beaches in Kalotaritissa bay. From there a bus goes to Stavros or one walks back the 4,4km long trail No 1.Written June 22, 2022
- People, who want to escape from the in summer a bit crowded beaches of Donoussa, have the possibility to go to the southern beach of Vathy Limenari between Kedros and Livadi. When there in the first week of September we were just three persons with me in total. The small beach has no sand, just rather big, mostly white pebbles. Also it is not so easy - because of stones and rocks - to get in and out of the water. Without sand to lie down and without shade, there is no risk that this place ever gets too popular.
Persons, who don't enjoy hiking, might not come here either, unless they have their own boat and approach the place from the sea. To walk there are two possibilities or best one makes a round trip as I did. First I went to the hamlet of Messaria, from where I branched off from the main road into a track for Livadi Beach, which I then left after 10 minutes to go steep down in zigzag for about 20 minutes to reach the beach. I was here 75 minutes after I had left Stavros.
Back I took a not very clear path up to the ruined windmill of Kato Mylos, from where one has a great view back to Vathy Limenari, which means 'deep, big harbor' in Greek. It must once have been used by the inhabitants of the hamlet of Messaria. Immediately to the east of the beach one can see the long, narrow promontory, where around 1970 a fortified settlement from the Geometric period (900-700 BC) had been excavated. Not much of the flat-roofed houses with a surrounding wall can be seen anymore. From Kato Mylos, after having looked at the still interesting inside of the windmill, I continued to Kedros Beach and on to Stavros.Written July 1, 2022
- My two top attractions on Donoussa, which are not by the sea, are the peak of Mount Papas and the spring at the hamlet of Mersini. Both are little detours on a hike. The mountain, when walking from Stavros to Kalotaritissa, and the spring on official hike No 3 from Mersini to Livadi beach.
Strong springs are a rather rare phenomenon on the generally dry Cyclades. When thinking about it, foremost to my mind comes the island of Andros, then the Aria spring on Naxos, the hot springs at Loutra on Kythnos and definitely also the one at Mersini. There is just one other spring on Donoussa, at Koumaria, south of Kalotaritissa. but this one is quite a bit smaller.
A wide and new path with steps and flagstones leads to Mersini spring, a short branch off to the left from the hike, which goes from the church of Agia Sofia (with a bus stop) to Livadi beach. A decorative stone arch is there, a big plane tree, giving plenty of shade, a water basin with a single goldfish and the fountain, where one has the opportunity to fill up a water bottle. Below the spring is a beautiful orchard. All in all a great place for a break, especially when walking from Stavros to Livadi and the same way back again, as I did.Written June 30, 2022
- The northwest of Donoussa hardly gets visited, although the official trail No 5 takes one out to the thin, long peninsula called 'Aspros Kavos' (White Cape). Just before is a beach with the name 'Limni' (lake), since it is protected by two natural piers in front. It took us one hour to get here from Stavros and then it is another 20 minutes out to the cape. Back one has to go the same way.
Nobody lives around here and it is quite a wilderness. My wife and me enjoyed the scenery, but we didn't go for a swim at Limni, since the sea was rough and the approach into the water with some quite big rocks didn't look that easy. Besides the rocks there are pebbles and just small patches of sand.
With a calm sea it can be enjoyable to come here and escape the crowds. Most probably one will be alone. Thus more important to take along drinking water than bathing clothes. It could also be a good spot to go snorkeling. As at so many beaches on Donoussa there is no shade.Written July 4, 2022
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