Built on a hill around the harbour, the island’s only settlement is ideal for wandering around, with its narrow stone-paved streets, rows of green trees, and refined atmosphere. The striking captain’s mansions and simple stone houses with tiled roofs are particularly impressive to look at.
Saint Nicholas’s Cathedral
The island’s largest place of worship is dedicated to the patron saint of sailors and is worth visiting for its elaborate religious paintings.
The Mermaid of Oinousses
This iconic bronze statue of a mermaid wearing a crown and holding a sailing boat in her left hand dominates a rock a rock at the entrance to the harbour. The sculpture of the mythical sea creature and eternal companion of sailors is by Maria Papakonstantinou.
Oinousses Maritime Museum
This fascinating museum explores the long naval tradition on the island and the growth of commercial shipping there. Collections have been donated by local shipowning families and include elaborate model ships, paintings, and nautical instruments. Among them are sailboats made by French prisoners of the Napoleonic Wars, steamships of the early 20th century as well as modern Liberty ships.
The Monastery of the Annunciation
Built in 1962 on the west side of the island, this monastery is a jewel of Byzantine architecture with exquisite frescoes by great hagiographers such as Fotis Kontoglou. The weaving workshop produces unique handmade textiles.
This iconic square is notable for the Monument of the Unknown Sailor, which mentions the names of the Oinoussian sailors who went missing at sea.