Pano Koufonissi has an area of 3.5 square kilometres.
There is a population of 440 permanent inhabitants, mainly engaged in fishing and tourist activities, while farming and animal breeding serve mainly household needs.
However, the island’s fishing fleet, considered in proportion to the size of its population, is the largest in Greece and fresh fish and seafood delicacies are sure to tempt you to the table.
Koufonissi is the smallest inhabited island of the Cyclades and you will certainly not need a car to enjoy its tranquility.
As soon as you take your first steps on the island you will sense that you are in a different dimension or that fairy tales may be true after all.
All along the south-and-eastern coastline stretch beaches with sparkling aquamarine waters, soft sand, colourful cliffs while along the route you will also find the interesting spots Pisina, the cave of To Mati Tou Diavolou, Gala, and the sea aves at Xylobatis. You will also see a pretty flower, the krinakia, a bulb with lily-like white petals, indigenous to the Cyclades.
On the rest of the island you will discover Smaller Beaches with fine or larger pebbles. Less visited, they will make you feel as if you are alone on the island. The highest elevation on the island is 113m. Due to the very slight differences in altitude on Koufonissi walking is a very easy and pleasant activity. There are scenic footpaths, typically signposted, to guide your footsteps to your destination, perhaps a beach, via an alternative route. Other than heading for a beach you might also walk to Profitis Ilias, which affords an exquisite view to half the island and the surrounding islands, or walk north on the footpath that will eventually bring you to the beach of Pori.
Those who are no great fans of walking can hire bikes or use the excursion boat or the small local bus.
In any case you will not need a car.
On Pano Koufonissi you will find:
8×8 football field
Basketball and volleyball courts
3 mini markets