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Beaches in Schinoussa
There are about fifteen beaches around Schinoussa, and some of them are really good. Of course, they are not in the same class as the ones on Koufonissi, but to compare with Koufonissi's beaches is unfair. If they were as fantastic, then Schinoussa would also be invaded by tourists and the island's rustic charm would disappear. Although the beaches are not as paradisiacal as on Koufonissi, they are at least as child-friendly, something that more and more families have discovered.
Tsigouri beach. Chora is visible at upper right.
Tsigouri is Schinoussa's most popular, and by some considered as the island's best, beach and it lies about 10 minutes walk from Chora. The road down to the beach starts at the beginning of the village (signposted), the short walk offers beautiful views of the valley and out over the sea. The sand is soft and slightly greyish. At the beginning of the beach is a snack bar, a real taverna overlooking the sea lies above the beach.
Psili Ammos beach is located below the village of Mesari.
Psili Ammos is in my opinion the best sandy beach on Schinoussa. Admittedly it is small, but it is inviting and the water is clear and refreshing. No taverna, the nearest taverna lies in Mesaria. It takes between 30 and 40 minutes to walk here from Chora. You begin the walk to the beach at the bakery in Chora and continue until you arrive in Mesaria, there you go past the church and turn right at the sign pointing to Psili Amos.
If you walk the main street until it ends you come to a crossroad, if you turn left you will reach Almiros beach, if you turn right you will first reach Livadia beach and then Lioliou beach. At the crossroads there is a sign saying that Lioliou beach lies to the left, it is true, in a sense, but it is much closer (and much smoother) if you walk to the right.
Almiros is a narrow small beach in a beautiful bay with a view of Amorgos in the distant.
Livadia beach also lies in a beautiful bay. The beach is wide and shallow. Livadia is slowly being exploited, new houses are built every year.
Lioliou beach, as far south east as you can go, is in my opinion the island's second best beach: sand, lovely bottom and crystal clear waters. There are a few pensions and one taverna above the beach.
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