Koufonisia is a group of two islands, Pano Koufonisi (Upper Koufonsi) and Kato Koufonisi (Lower Koufonisi), that are separated by a narrow strait. They are part of the Small Cyclades, located southeast of Naxos and west of Amorgos. Pano Koufonisi is inhabited, with a land area of 5.5km² and a population of 366 residents. The island’s name comes from the numerous caves that the waves have shaped along their shores, which, when seen by pirates, gave them the impression that the islands (in Greek ‘nissia’) were hollow (in Greek ‘koufio’) – therefore Koufionisia and later Koufonisia.
The deserted island of Keros lies next to Koufonisia and is a protected archaeological site as major finds of Cycladic art have been unearthed here, such as the figure of the Great Mother (1.40m tall), and the famous statuettes the ‘Piper’ and the ‘Harpist’, now exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
Koufonisia are a beloved destination for those seeking to enjoy the original laid-back Greek lifestyle: peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, sun-drenched beaches with azure waters and plenty of tavernas with fresh fish!