Walking around the few streets of Schinousa’s main settlement can be relaxing and stimulating at the same time. With a unique allure to Greece’s past and how once things were in smaller communities, the Chorio is the centre of this island’s action and a great spectacle to witness… especially so during the morning hours when life starts to pick up.
When you first reach the island you immediately take note of Nikolas restaurant, an establishment that has been religiously famed for their lobster pasta from those visiting from nearby islands. Schinoussa is a must destination for the avid sailors around the island complex of Little Cyclades as it’s called.
As we go up the hill and reach Chorio, we walk along its main alley to be greeted by the locals. A small and relatively quiet place where you see the local hairdresser in their house-cum-salon, a couple of pantry shops (newspapers are only delivered on request) and a handful coffee shops and restaurants.
We finally arrive at Chara, one of the cutest coffee shops in the Aegean, dressed in striking white plastered walls and turquoise window frames. The place has a wooden-top veranda perched next to the main pantry, which makes for the perfect start of the day. A full-on Greek breakfast is served – fried eggs, Naxos aged cheese (insane!), freshly basked country bread, butter and jams- we dig in!