Hiring a boat is the ideal way to explore the hidden beauty of Schinoussa. You have the chance to leave your vehicle behind and enjoy yachting in one of the most relaxing spots in the Aegean. Apart from being the perfect one-day excursion from Naxos, Schinoussa offers a wonderful island experience around the small Cyclades cluster. You can easily find the ideal catamaran, sailboat, motor yacht, or speedboat of your choice from the Port of Mersini or any other marina in the Cyclades. You can directly contact the owners of the vessels or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper, or without if you own a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise to Iraklia or Donousa. You also have the option to rent a motorboat and tour various beaches you desire in a short amount of time or enjoy a half-day adventure to Koufonisia. If you book a catamaran, you can throw a party, enjoy a sunset cruise or even celebrate a wedding anniversary onboard. Finally, you can hire a luxury yacht or sailboat and go island-hopping in the Cyclades, making sure to include Schinoussa in your week-long itinerary.
Schinoussa is an ideal getaway destination in the Cyclades island complex in Greece. According to Mythology, it was the God Poseidon who created the Cyclades, his temper led him to convert the Nymphs into islands. Schinoussa stands somewhere in the middle of the smaller archipelago consisting of Iraklia, Donousa, and Koufonissia. Visitors who love being in direct contact with the sea will enjoy the island’s unspoiled natural beauty. Distances are short, making it more pleasant to visit several sights and beaches. Despite its small size, there are several restaurants, bars, and cafés spread around the three settlements on the island. The Port of Mersini used to be one of the best shelters for small boats in the Aegean, today it forms a natural harbor on the west side of the island. Every 6th of December, the traditional festival in honor of the ‘protector of seamen’ takes place and the harbor is the main form of transportation for visitors who might like to attend it. The settlement of Panagia, also known as Chora, is the capital of the island. Since it is located in the central part of Schinoussa, you will have numerous trails leading to beaches that appeal to every visitor. This charming island continues to bring nature lovers who want to enjoy hiking, rock climbing, and sea kayaking. With your boat tours in Schinoussa, you will embrace a relaxing lifestyle away from mass tourism.
A day trip in Schinoussa with a catamaran, motor yacht, or speedboat will allow you to lay back and enjoy swimming on exotic beaches. Psili Ammos is considered to be the most beautiful beach on the island with crystalline waters and fine golden sand. The beach is rarely crowded, with sand dunes and a few tamarisk trees offering natural shade in a serene environment. When you depart from Chora, you can visit Tsigouri beach which has some basic amenities and the chance to enjoy local dishes by a fish tavern. One of the island’s less frequented beaches is Gerolimnionas. Here you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling with a catamaran and anchor your vessel in a small, wind-protected cove with clear blue waters. On the east side of the island, roughly 2 km from Chora, you can visit Almyros. The beach is best accessed by boat since the road by the coast is rather steep. Almyros is also popular among surfers and welcomes families with kids due to the shallow waters.
Boat trips in Schinoussa can also be spent visiting surrounding islands. With a sailboat, you may visit Donousa, Iraklia, and Koufonisia and create your own 3-day charter experience. Some other islands part of the cluster includes Aspronisi, Argilos, and Ofidousa. Overall, if you are seeking a destination that combines peace and tranquility, Schinoussa is definitely at the top.
Below you will find some useful information for your boat rentals in Schinoussa.
Mersini Port: The main port of the island, well-protected from the N winds. It offers great shelter to both fishing vessels and sailboats and is only 2 km from Chora. Receives ferries from nearby islands and from Piraeus.
There is no airport in Schinoussa, you can fly directly to Naxos and from there take a ferry. If you are island hopping in the Cyclades, you may visit Paros, Mykonos, Naxos and include Schinoussa in your week-long cruise.
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