Popularity: Not Much
Style: Freeride, Freestyle, Slalom, Race/Formula
Level: Good, Specialist
Platia Pounda is one of the popular beaches as it is basically a nudist beach, although if you wear clothes you would not feel like a fish out of water as there are also people who are dressed or semi dressed.
Its real name of the beach is Platia Pounda, but it is better known as "Italida" -the name by which most visitors refer to it. Thats because the locals referred to the owner of the estate above the beach as the Italian lady (Italida), so they would say “let’s go to the Italian’s” and visitors started using the same name.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Amazingly beautiful aquamarine waters!
Bathers Period: May, June, July, August, September, October
Kid Friendly: Yes
Secluded place and completely unspoilt. Unfortunately one of the most crowded beaches on the island. Nudism friendly. It has sand, rocks and sand dunes.
It is sheltered from northerly winds.
Access to Platia Pounda:
Platia Pounda is about 2 km away from Chora. Can be reached only on the coastal footpath.
Access to Upper Koufonisi:
Arrival by Airplane: Koufonisi does not have airport. The closest airport is located at Naxos Island, with which Koufonisi is connected by boat.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: Koufonisi is accessible from the harbors of Rafina and Piraeus. The journey usually lasts 4-5 hours. There are daily transports in the summer, twice a week in wintertime. Koufonisi is also connected with islands of Naxos, Heraclea, Schinousa, Donousa and Amorgos daily summer and winter.
Arrival by Car: It is not worth the hassle to bring your own car to the island, although it is in theory possible. Roads turn out to be little more than dirt paths. There is one in the interior, and one along the south. A Gas station has opened in 2005 so you can refill your car.
Motorbikes and mopeds are popular alternatives to cars. Especially mopeds are frequently used by local youths and can go to many places that cars cannot go - for example the twisted narrow streets of Koufonisi city. If you start a day-trip with a moped, make you sure you do soon a full tank, as gas stations are sometimes hard to find. Though helmets are not required on the streets, it might be a good idea to ask your rent-a-bike for one.
Arrival by Bus: In the summer there is a regular bus service between the village and Charakopou / Fanos, back to village and then to Porí.
Arrival by Taxi: No taxi service is available on the island.
Arrival by Bicycle: There are a couple of places to rent bicycles. Be careful if you're biking off-road as the cliffs and vegetation are fragile!
Arrival on foot: Everything is in walking distance. On foot is the main way to get around.