Holidays in Sifnos island
Atmospheric Sifnos, this magical Cycladic island, with its long tradition of taste and pottery, is proudly found between Serifos, Kimolos and Antiparos islands. The traditional villages with the whitewashed houses, the quaint fishing ports, the windmills, the stone walls, the endless beaches and the deep blue of the Aegean compose a totally lovable place!
When reaching Sifnos by boat, the first image you will see is Kamares; the picturesque port. Kamares offers its guests all comforts, as they have numerous restaurants, ouzo taverns and tourist stores, with an emphasis on traditional ceramics shops.
Capital of the island is the cosmopolitan Apollonia, which is lazily perched on three hills. The whitewashed houses, the picturesque churches and the bushy bougainvilleas compose a dreamlike scene! It is worth visiting the Folklore Museum of Sifnos, located in the central square. During summer months in the Museum’s courtyard a book fair is hosted. In Apollonia, you will find stylishly bars, beautiful taverns and restaurants, as well as traditional shops with gifts and souvenirs.
Within walking distance from Apollonia, the fairytale Kastro (Castle), the most beautiful, perhaps, "corner" of the island, unfolds. Perched on a rock on the ancient citadel, Kastro (Castle) still maintains intact its medieval fortifications form. It is worth strolling around in the narrow, winding streets of this village, walking through its dark galleries, admiring its mansions and enjoying the disarming view of the sea, especially at sunset. Going down a path from Kastro (Castle), your gaze will be captivated by a breathtaking image; a small rock emerging from the deep blue sea, crowned by the picturesque and multi-photographed church of the Seven Martyrs. The image seems to have sprung from a painting! In Kastro’s foot, in a beautiful landscape, where time seems to have stopped, the quiet Seralia cove unfolds. There, you will find beautiful taverns.
In the "heart" of the island, around the capital, some beautiful villages unfold. South of Apollonia, you will find the birthplace of Nicholas Tselementes; a Greek chef, the village of Exambela. North of the capital, you will find the beautiful village of Artemonas. The cobblestone streets, the well-maintained neoclassical mansions and the full of flowers courtyards create a magical backdrop! In the village square, you will find cafés and patisseries where you can stop to take a breath and enjoy your coffee or delicious, local sweets.
During your stay on the island, do not forget to visit the village of Chrissopigi. There, you will see the multi-photographed, small cape, where the homonymous monastery proudly stands. This whitewashed monastery as well as the deep blue Aegean Sea compose a majestic image which will fascinate you!
If you love exploring, in Sifnos you will find several trails which run through every corner of the island and are ideal for hiking excursions. Ancient castles and farm houses (themonies) are only some of the hidden "treasures" of this island which you will discover while crossing its paths.
If you love cooking and appreciate good food, it is worth attending "Nicolaos Tselementes", Festival of Cycladic Gastronomy which takes place in September, in Artemonas village. As part of the Festival, cookery and pastry contests are organized, while, at the same time, music-dance events are being held.
On Apollo’s island, the traditional villages with the authentic Cycladic architecture seem to have become one with the landscape, creating an endless image of timeless charm!
The island has numerous beaches, mostly sandy. The most cosmopolitan beaches of the island are Platis Gialos, with extensive, golden sand and clear waters.
In Southeast Sifnos, at the fishing village of Faros, you will find three sheltered bays; Fasolou, Faros and Glyfo. South of Faros, you will find the bay of Chrissopigi. The rocks of Chrissopigi monastery are ideal for diving. If, however, you prefer more classic beaches it is worth visiting the beautiful beach of Apokofto. On the other side of Chrissopigi monastery, the beach of Saoures unfolds.
At the southwestern part of the island, you will the find beautiful, sandy beach of Vathi, which is ideal for families with children because of its shallow waters.
On the west part of Sifnos, next to the harbor, you will find the beach of Kamares.
Finally, on the north side of the island, at the fishing village of Herronisos, you will find the quiet, homonymous beach.
- The traditional village of Kastro
- The ruins of the Fryktories: ancient towers, on the road to Vathi and Plati
- The church of Chrisopigi
- The church of The Seven Martyrs in the Castle
- The Archaeological Museum in the Castle
- The Folklore Museum in Apollonia
- Panagia tou Vounou
- The acropolis of St. Andrews hill
- Some of the trails in the protected area of NATURA
- At Kamares beach
- At Vathi beach
- At Chrysopigi beach
- At Panagia Poulati beach
- At Platys Gialos beach
- Roast in mastelo (clay pot)
- Nougat of Sifnos
- Revithada (chickpea soup)
- Salad with caper
- String bean with garlic sauce
- Loli: sweet from red pumpkin
- Sage and chamomile
Travelling by boat
You can reach Sifnos by boat from the port of Piraeus, Rafina, Lavrio and Thessaloniki with the ships of Aegean Speed Lines, Hellenic Seaways, SeaJet and NEL Lines.
For more information on the ferry routes to Sifnos visit the web sites of the companies:
Connection with other islands
The island of Sifnos is connected by boat to the islands of Syros, Serifos, Milos, Kimolos, Folegandros, Mykonos, Naxos, Ios and Santorini
Transfer within the Island
For your transportation on the island you can use the Intercity Buses (KTEL Bus of Sifnos) as well as taxies.
During your stay in Sifnos, you can be served for health issues:
Regional Clinic, Tel: (+30) 22840 31315
Sifnos Port Authority: (+30) 22840 336174
Police Station of Sifnos: (+30) 22840 31210
Regional Clinic: (+30) 22840 31315