Donousa has 10 pristine beaches with turquoise, crystal-clear waters and sugary white sand: the beach of Stavros, Kedros, Vathi Limenari, Livadi, Fikios (or Fikio), Sapounohoma, Mesa Ammos, Trypiti, Ammoudi and Limni. Being some of the last unorganised beaches in Greece, all the coastlines above remain completely unspoilt with features many crave when planning a dream holiday – lacking any infrastructure aka lounge chairs, umbrellas, and showers.
The largest beach of all, Stavros, is located just a 1-minute walk from the island’s main harbor. This is a gold sand beach with translucent azure flat waters, and thus regarded ideal for families with kid as well as for those who want to relax in the town (Chora) staying nearby to various shops and local taverns. On the beachfront there is also a hip shack, which serves fresh salads and mesmerizing cocktails until late in the evening. Lastly, mind that here it is not allowed to camp or even strip walk.
Golden sand leads down to hundreds shades of blue and unbelievably crystal clear waters, where Kedro’s beach provides the perfect spot for free-campers in Donousa (being one of the least camping-friendly beaches in the country). Ideal for snorkeling and diving explorations, as the rusty wreckage of the German warship Orion that sank in 1944 rests here, getting to Kedros involves a minimum 15 minute walk from Stavros (Chora) or alternatively 5 minutes by car either by boat. From here, you can also carry on walking to the hamlet of Messaria, following a small trail offering stunning views of the whole island. Coming ashore you will find a laid-back hut, which serves as a shelter that provides toilets and showers to the campers, a seaside restaurant and night happening spot rolled into one. Lastly, nudism is also allowed here – another happy-hippy discovery.
Vathi Limenari is an untamed tiny strip of shingle beach with pebbled seafloor. In case you enjoy walking, you will need about 1.5 hour (from Donousa’s town, Stavros), or else you can follow a-45 minute trail from Kedros beach. Nevertheless, you can always take the roadway towards the village of Messaria (about 10 minutes drive) and then walk down a 20 minute-long path. Alternatively, you can always hop on a boat from the island’s port (Stravros) and you will be swimming inside its sparking blue waters in approximately 15 minutes. Nudism is permitted here, too.
With just emerald green waters, and occasionally good waves, white sand, Livadi is unarguably among the most popular beaches of Donousa (Kedros is another one), where the young and beautiful, campers as well as nudists head. You'll have to walk a fair way to arrive at this beach – around 2 hours from Stavros, or else a 15 minute-drive to the village of Mersini and from there, hiking roughly 30 minutes to the beach (hiking route No 3). Instead, drive to the hamlet of Messaria (just about 10 minutes) and then, you will find yourself walking for approximately an hour towards the secluded beach of Livadi. Nevertheless, a boat is always a good idea, as you will reach this blue haven in 20 minutes more or less. Nudism might be permitted here, and yet camping is not legitimately allowed.
Fykios (known as Fykio) is a very small secluded sandy cove enclosed with by rocky ocean caves. Apart from its aquamarine waters, it is connected with Livadi beach through a narrow trail. Clothes are optional here.
Mesa Ammos is the first of the three dazzling beaches in Kalotaritissa bay. Particularly, it is a strip of coastline, comprised of crystal clear waters and thick pebbles. Getting there is possible either on foot (2.5 hours-hike from Stavros - route No 1), or by car (20 minutes drive) and by boat (in roughly 45 minutes) from the island’s port (Stavros). Here there is no permission to neither camping or to be nude.
Sapounohama, a stretch of pebbles and powder sand with crystalline clear turquoise waters, is situated on the centre of Kalotaritissa bay. It can be reached on foot in about 2.5 hours from the island’s Chora aka Stavros (hiking route No 1), or by car (20 minutes drive) / by boat (roughly in 45 minutes) from the port. With its shallow, warm and tranquil waters is acknowledged as the perfect spot for snorkeling and diving, not to mention that the spot offers a-year-round suntrap. Camping and nudism are not allowed here.
Trypiti, the most secluded beach of all around the bay of Kalotaritissa, has turquoise waters that lap at a golden stretch of sand. Getting there involves either a-2.5 hours hike (route No 1), a 20-minute drive from Stavros (the island’s Chora), or hopping on a boat (45 minutes ride from Stavros). Although nudism is permitted here, camping is not an option.
Ammoudi is a tiny secluded beach with pebbled sand, to be found on the north side of the island. Access here is possible on foot (takes roughly 15 minutes) starting from the Stavros (hiking route No 1). After leaving the marked path behind (at around the 900th meter) and taking the left fork in the road. Nudism is permitted here, although camping is not allowed.
Lined with teal waters and pebbled sand, Limni is a very small and isolated beach located on the southwest coast of Donousa. This shoreline is solely accessible on foot, walking for roughly 1.5 hours, following the trail from the island’s port. Here, you might strip-walk soaking some sun; however it is not allowed to camp for the night.