Swim in one the island’s beaches, like Stavros (in the main settlement of Donousa), Kedros (15 minutes walk from the village of Stavros), Vathi Limenari (half an hour walk from Kedros beach), next to Fikios beach - Livadi (half an hour walk from Mersini), Sapounohoma (a pebbled beach lined with the road, right before the very first dwellings of Kalotaritissa village), Mesa Ammos (the central beach of Kalotaritissa bay), Trypiti (20 minutes walk from Mesa Ammos beach) and Limni (1.5 hours walking distance from the island’s port, that is somewhere along the west side of Donousa).
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While the beaches are definitely the best part of Donousa, you’ll also want to spend plenty of time to explore the charming town of the island. From whitewashed houses lined with bougainvillea blossoms and prickly pearls to small narrow cobblestone walkways and Timios Stavro’s ubiquitous blue domed church, strolling through the main settlement of the island will leave you in awe.
Visit the chapel of St. John located in the main settlement of the island (Stavros).
Hop on a boat trip to explore the island from a different angle. The local water taxi branded as "Donousa, the Witch of Cyclades" (Donousa Magissa), chug away from the island’s harbor each day during summer. Expect to dive in Fokospilia (Seal cave) in the cape of Moschona, which served as a pirate-hideout in the past, and now is famous for the rich color (blue) of the waters that flow through it as well as the safe haven of the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus Monachus). Also you will have the opportunity to swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Cave of the Wall (Spilia tou Tihou), while gaze upon the marvels of stalactites (Xylobatis peninsula).
Stopover the church of St. Sophia located in the hamlet of Mersini.
Watch daylight turn to dusk from Panagitsa, the little white chapel dedicated to Virgin Mary, which is constructed right on the top of a rocky hill in Stavros (the island’s main village). Apart from your sunset-spotting adventure, and in the case you find yourself on the island by the 15th of August (Assumption of the Virgin Mary), don’t miss the chance to witness the spectacular event of the parade of the statue of the Virgin Mary down to the seashore.
Climb to the peak of Mount Papas (the highest point on the island, 383 meters) to see all of Donousa. Ideally, you go there before dawn to enjoy an unforgettable sunrise and watch the whole island come to life.
From the hamlet of Mersini, hop on the boat of "Donousa, the Witch of Small Cyclades" to experience some more awe-inspiring beaches of pristine sands and warm waters. If it's more of a back-to-nature experience you're after, head for the well-signposted trails on the island.
In the hamlet of Mersini, spot the sole natural spring in the whole island of Donousa, placed under a legendary platanus (plane tree), and from which flows fresh cold water non-stop.
Experience the top destination for free campers in Donousa, aka Kedros beach, without worrying about the legal aspects of sleeping under the stars. Make sure to pitch your tent inside the privately-owned spot of the beach bar, or else you could get caught.
Another favorable destination for free camping is the beach of Livadi. Get outdoorsy and freely set up your tent in its long stretched sea-encircled sand, however, bear in mind that it is not officially allowed. Tamarisks, located a breath away from the shore, offer natural shade and at times, provide welcome shelter from authorities.
Get naked at the beaches of Kedros, Livadi, Vathi Limenari, Fykios, Trypiti, where nudity is apparently allowed.
Try snorkeling and/or diving in Kedros, where the rusty wreckage of the German warship Orion, that sank during the World War II, rests there.
Head for the 5 well-signposted trails of Donousa, which have been opened by a dozen locals. Each of them, journeys around some of the island’s prominent attractions.
Follow the alternative route by crossing the trail that leads from Stavros to the bay of Kalotaritissa, in order to explore abandoned old mines - which used to produce silvery, copper, zinc and glass-making materials, and vintage wagons of the late 1940s.
Experience Donousa’s walking tourism by hiking from Kalotaritissa to a half-ruined lighthouse (on the northern edge of the isle), which is facing the endless blue of Aegean. It may not be a mapped trail, yet many believe that this is the most extraordinary landscape of Donousa, and thus worth the effort to hike or even get lost around it.
Walk at the most western tip of the isle, starting from Stavros and heading to Plakes and Aspros Kavos (Cape of White), an isolated area of rock formations along the coastline.
Drop anchor at peninsulas of Scylonissi, Makares and Melandious to witness the majestic beauty of Donousa. Enjoy either fishing and/or scuba diving on turquoise waters (and far from other tourist hordes).
Rent a bike to circumnavigate the island faster than your feet.
Hire a SUP board to use it on deep-sea-exploration, enjoying Donousa's calm waters.
Every July, visitors gather in Kedros beach to participate in Yupiyaya Festival, an outdoor concert featuring jazz, afro, house, and disco artists along with some of the world’s biggest DJs.
Participate in a relatively new athletic event, Donoussa Trail Running that occurs in October and involves running round island’s hiking trails, crossing interesting Mounts and passing through all of its four villages. All in all, this is big chance for all of you, who want not only to get to know the place beyond the beaches, but also explore its off-the-beaten track treasures.