In Donoussa the visitor has the possibility to visit all the villages on foot. The longest route lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes The villages - settlements of Donoussa: Troulos, Haravgi or Mesaria, Mersini (east) and Kalotaritissa (north), stand out for their picturesqueness and are suitable for hiking in the mountainous and stony terrain of island, with the low vegetation, where the thrombi and rosemary are fragrant.
To get to know the most characteristic landscapes of the island up close, the routes we recommend are:
Stavros - Haravgi.
You will travel a distance of about 4.5 km, starting from Stavros and ending in the Haravgi settlement with its traditional stone-built houses.
Haravgi – Mersini
After a 1.5 km hike, an oasis of orchards with apricot, peach and fig trees welcomes the walker in Mersini. Cool off and quench your thirst in the spring that springs from the roots of a centuries-old plane tree near the church of Agia Sophia and let your gaze wander to the dreamy blue of the Aegean all the way to Amorgos.
In Mersini there is an attraction of special interest: the mixed electricity production system, which until 2002 supplied electricity to the settlement.
If you want, continue the hike on the south side, towards the position of Vathi Limenari, where you will admire the ruins of the settlements of the geometric era, which are the oldest examples of habitation on the island.
Stavros - Calotaritissa
Following the path that crosses the imposing Mount Papas (its peak is the highest point of the island, at 383 m.) and leads to Kalotaritissa, in the northern part of Donoussa, you will walk next to the vines and olive trees, you will explore the old mines of the island and you will admire the way the cedars and skins succeed and grow even on the stone.
After a 1.5 hour hike you will reach the beautiful village of Kalotaritissa, with its picturesque low stone houses and the whitewashed church of Agios Georgios.
Natural monuments
Cave of the Wall
Seal Cave
The island is an important area for the birds of Greece