The best way to discover Donousa is on foot. You can walk almost anywhere on the island as it unveils its secrets, such as a robust natural spring spouting out of the rocks, an orchard in a valley, disused industrial mines, and abandoned traditional houses. Some of the old paths that connected different parts of the island have been revived again, thanks to the efforts of the local Cultural Club.
Walk from Stavros to the church of Panagia. Start at Pera Panta beach and head to the church where the Aegean unfolds in front of you with the beauty of the surrounding islands. From Panagia continue to the Beach of Kedros. From here on you can easily get to Messaria and the upper and lower windmills. Near the lower mill there is a pat that leads to the pebbled beach of Vathi Limenari and to a Neolithic settlement. If you follow the ring road you will reach Agia Sophia church and the spring with a large plane tree. This fascinating little microclimate in a relatively dry land grows fig trees, almond trees, plum trees, pear trees, apricot trees and peach trees, as well as peppermint, vines, honeysuckle and rose bushes.
Continue down the path to the beaches of Livadi and Fikio, eventually reaching Kalotaritissa. You can also reach this village more quickly by walking the road that cuts through the island. Cross the foothills of Mount Papas to discover the northern part of the island where you'll come across some old mines. In this area, on a more nature-loving note, you'll be happy to see cedar trees, lentisk bushes, wild rosemary, fig trees, vines and olive trees.
The western side of the island is also great for hiking, taking you to Aspros Cavos which translates to White Cape. More adventurous trekkers can climb up mount Papas at 383 meters. Watching the sun set from the peak is an amazing experience, with a view of Ikaria and Samos.