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WorldMediterraneanAegean SeaGreeceCycladesSchinousa
36°52.431'N, 025°31.316'E Chart icon.png
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Map of Mikres Cyclades

Schinousa (Σχινούσσα) is a small island in the Small Cyclades (Μικρές Κυκλάδες - Mikres Kyclades) group. It has about 85 inhabitants. Its harbor Mersini (Μερσίνη) or Myrsini, has a few houses and two restaurants but most of the people live in the village of Chora or Panayia. There many nice and isolated beaches around the island.

For many years cruisers have been wondering about a palatial house on the cape south of Mersini (depicted on the chart as "Large House"). In 2006 this house was raided by the Greek police and a large number of looted antiquities were recovered. The house belonged to Christos Michaelides and his partner Robin Symes who has been convicted of trafficking in illicit antiquities along with Getty Museum curator Marion True.


Chart of Schinousa
2682 Kólpos Patalion to Nísos Nísiros
1040 Nísos Íos to Vrakhonisídha Kandhelioússa
G33 Southern Cyclades (West)
54332 Nisoi Paros & Naxos
42 Andros to Chalki Island
423 Paros to Astypalia


See Aegean Sea.





  • Coast Guard - VHF channel 12
  • Olympia Radio - VHF no signal

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


All approaches to Iraklia are straightforward.



Chart of Myrsini


Harbour icon Mersini [[Schinousa#Mersini|Mersini]] (Μερσίνη) 36°52.3′N, 25°30.6′E

Mersini or Mirsini or Myrsini (Μυρσίνη) is almost land-locked and very well protected from the meltemi but it is exposed to the southerlies and is subject to gusts.

It is best to avoid the quay which is used by the ferries. Anchor closer to the beach at 5-6 m. Good holding. Because the cove is narrow and fairly popular you may not have adequate swinging room. It is best to also take a line shore.

Warning: In the fall the wind is liable to change direction during the night. Use either a shore line or a second anchor at the stern.
Mersini, the Harbor
From Above

Marinas & Yacht Clubs




Anchorage icon Tsigouri [[Schinousa#Tsigouri|Tsigouri]] 36°51.9′N, 25°30.9′E

Tsigouri is just south east of Mersini. It is fairly well sheltered from the meltemi but, like Mersini, it is exposed to the southerlies.

Anchor on a patch of sand at 4-5 m depth. Good holding. It is about a 20 minute walk to Chora.

Warning: The Limenarchio (Coast Guard) may chase you away from the swimming area.
Chart of Aligaria Region


Anchorage icon Aligaria [[Schinousa#Aligaria|Aligaria]] 36°51.465'N, 025°31.576'E

There are several secluded anchorages south of Mersini. All are reasonably sheltered from the meltemi but exposed to the southerlies.

The one indicated to the east of Agrilos Island provides the best shelter. Anchor over sand in 5-6 m. Good holding. It is about a 45 minute walk to Chora.

Warning: Do not attempt to go between the islands. It is not deep enough. You have to take the long loop.
The Aligaria Cove
The nearby mansion
Another view


Anchorage icon Livadhi [[Schinousa#Livadhi|Livadhi]] 36°51.6′N, 25°31.4′E
Livadhi, W of Agrilos Island also provides the good shelter from the meltemi. Anchor in 5 m over sand, good holding.


Water N/A (Not Available)
Electricity N/A
Toilets N/A
Showers N/A
Laundry N/A
Garbage There are bins around the ports and in several anchorages
Fuel N/A
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Repairs N/A
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity Good 3G signal in parts of the island
Vehicle rentals N/A


  • Meagre provision in Chora
  • Good bakery in Chora

Eating out

Capitan Nicholas/wiki/Schinousa#.27.27Capitan_Nicholas.27.27Eatingout icon Capitan Nicholas [[Schinousa#Capitan Nicholas|Capitan Nicholas]] Good but expensive seafood.
  • Chora
Kyria Pothete/wiki/Schinousa#.27.27Kyria_Pothete.27.27Eatingout icon Kyria Pothete [[Schinousa#Kyria Pothete|Kyria Pothete]] Good food.
Gogo/wiki/Schinousa#.27.27Gogo.27.27Eatingout icon Gogo [[Schinousa#Gogo|Gogo]] Good food.


There is a small ferry to/from Naxos and Amorgos.


Places to Visit

  • Nice walks
  • Visit to Chora


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Greece.


We welcome users' contributions to the Wiki. Please click on Comments to view other users' comments, add your own personal experiences or recommend any changes to this page following your visit.

  • There is no easy access to Chora from Aligaria anchorage since the "Big House" has put fences all around the anchorage area!--Io

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