Built on a hillside, the island’s lovely capital makes an immediate impression with its characteristic Cycladic architecture of bright white houses with blue shutters and flower-filled courtyards. The town’s balconies offer wonderful views of the Aegean.
If you choose a ferry ticket to Donoussa, don’t forget to see one of its most magnificent natural attractions, a cave which is also a refuge for the Mediterranean monk seal. The rugged beauty of the rocks and the shimmering reflections of the sea provide snorkellers and divers with an amazing underwater spectacle. Fokospilia is visited by the excursion boats that do rounds of the island, starting and finishing in the port of Stavros.
Built on a green hillside, this charming mountain village is an oasis of orchards with apricot and peach trees, vegetable gardens, running water and stone houses. The picturesque church of Agia Sofia, with a giant plane tree outside, is a beautiful place to enjoy a view of the Aegean and Amorgos.
The churches of the Virgin Mary and Saint John
Standing on a hill, this pair of simple 19th-century churches are joined by a modest bell tower. They are famous for their magical sunset views of Naxos.
Donoussa is an idyllic place for hikers, its trails fragrant with the aroma of thyme and rosemary. One path from Stavros crosses the enchanting Mount Papas by way of vineyards, olive groves and old mines, and ends at the tiny stone-built village of Kalotaritissa, with its whitewashed church of Saint George and some lovely beaches around the bay of the same name.