Those who have visited the Small Cyclades will know the feeling of wanting to dive into the turquoise waters as you approach the island, even before the ship docks. Donoussa is a small paradise, with a rocky terrain and a series of successive bays interrupted by small, dreamy beaches; the sea colored in all shades of blue. Excavations on the island have unearthed remains of a Geometric period settlement, and housing remnants dating from the Bronze Age indicate that the island has been inhabited since ancient times. The island’s history includes the succession of Romans, pirates and Turks. The island also played a significant role in both the first and second World Wars. During the 1960s, overwhelming poverty pushed residents to emigrate, resulting in the virtual desertion of the island. The first visitors came before 1980, before electricity had arrived in the island. After the construction of the port ,a new page was turned in the island’s modern history. Today, Donoussa is a dream place reminiscent of what it used to be in the past. The moderate touristic development makes it an ideal destination for those who want to enjoy nature and sea, a home away from home where you can mix with the locals and with other visitors. Small coves with many beaches, accompanied by the aromas of cedars, and of thyme and other herbs, add to the unique beauty of the island.
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