Surprisingly Sifnos is a relatively green island compared to the rest of the Cycladic ones, mainly due to its geographical position and the running waters in various spots. Other than the dry rocky mountains, there are large areas with rich vegetation of cedar, pistacia and wild olive trees, as well as herbs to create a wonderful landscape that housees rare species of plants and animals, along with 39 bird species. Actually 20 sq.km of land have been integrated under the European law into the European Network of Natural Protected Areas “Natura 2000”, thus becoming an area of broader interest. The landscape of the island has been supported by human intervention related to the agricultural activity of the locals, wising to prevent ground erosion by creating large dry stone walls which also define the limits of ownership. Over 30 hiking tours to cover about 200 km are mapped in the island waiting for you to explore them while coming across various water sources, wells, springs, pigeon houses, ancient towers, mines, threshing fields, lime-burner kilns, white washed churches and monasteries.
The lacy coastline of Sifnos has formed countless beaches, isolated sandy beaches, organized beaches, rocky coasts, pebble beaches and golden sandy beaches, to satisfy all tastes. Some of the best sandy beaches of the island can be found around the fishermen village of Faros, 7 km from Apollonia, consisting of a central busy beach and a couple of more quite ones, accessed through small paths. The most popular beach among the Greeks is Platis Gialos, a long sandy beach awarded with EU Blue Flag as it meets all the criteria of cleanness as well as organization and facilities, which has turned into a seaside resort. Another lovely Blue Flagged sandy beach is the one of Kamares, with virgin vegetation, tinny areas, a shore side lake and sand-dunes with sand lilies that blossom during August. The traditional fisherman’s village of Cheronissos has a small sandy beach, while Vathi is a much longer one, highlighted by the beautiful church of the Taxiarchs. Above all, the most pictured spot of Sifnos can be found at the cape of Chrissopigi to host a a double-vaulted whitewashed church on a tiny island surrounded by wonderful rocky beaches to become the favourite spot for many swimmers during the summer.