Koufonisia consist of two islands, the Pano and Kato Koufonisi, and belong to the complex of Small East Cyclades, separated by a narrow strait of width of 200 meters. Geographically, they are 3 miles southeast of Naxos and west of Amorgos. They belong to the homonymous community, which includes, besides the two Koufonisia and Keros island, several smaller islands surrounding the main islands. Keros is inseparably linked with the name.It is a small uninhabited island of an area of 15.2 sq. Km, but hosts important findings of the Cycladic civilization. Pano Koufonisi is the only one inhabited and Keros is a protected archaeological site.
There are two versions, as far as the name of the island is concerned. According to the first one, Koufonisia was the ancient name of the gulf which is between Koufonisia and Glaronisi. As a matter of fact, the full name was "Koufos Limin", which means lee port, where ships can anchor.
According to the second version, which is supported by Manesis, this name was chosen because of the large number of caves and sediments without boisterous rocks that are found on the island. Anthony Miliarakis, in contrast with these two theories, wrote in his book in 1920 that Pano Koufonisi was known as "Fakousa" and Kato Koufonisi as "Pino".
It has an area of 3.5 sq km and 366 permanent residents.
Koufonisi is an island with amazing energy. A place where you can enjoy loneliness and crowd. An island which shouldn’t be jealous of any other tropical and idealic destinations.
We are part of it and we are trying to respect its uniqueness by being true to our selves, different and respecting individuallity.
We are starting our 2nd year, with changes and improvements but respecting Kalamia’s history.
Changes that will bring fresh air to Kalamia. A renewal that will bring joy to all its firends.
Upgrading our menu to all its extent. With the intention of giving you the best quality.
NEW, well known coffee (hausbrandt). World recognisable icecream (Haagen Dazs) .
New desserts without forgetting the old ones. Homemade snacks made with only fresh ingredients chosen with great care. Hamburgers, variety of sandwiches, hot dogs, quesadillas, platters, amazing salads and everything made by us.
We are starting strong this year introducing a big variety of beers and extending our wine
list, organizing events that go with Kalamia’s character but embracing our era calling.
Our aim is to give you a place where you can equally enjoy every time of the day.
In 2013, a page was turned in Kalamia’s history. Though, it will continue to be that place where people meet, live and share special moments. We are waiting for you!