The ideal destination
Welcome to Sifnos, the Cycladic island which was distinguished by National Geographic between the top 10 journeys of a lifetime, ranked number 9 among the ideal “islands under the sun”. Steeped in history that dates back in millennia, with archaeological sites, churches and monasteries, located at the most breathtaking spots, traditional villages and endless walking paths in virgin nature protected by the European Network of Natural Protected Areas, Sifnos is waiting for you to explore it.
Visit the main towns of the island, Apollonia, Kastro and Artemonas to travel back in history and tradition by walking in the pedestrian marble paths, through traditional Cycladic and medieval style houses, museums and churches. The Ancient Citadel of Agios Andreas along with several archaeological remains and ancient minces scattered round the island reflect its glorious past and commercial importance, easily explored through hiking tours. The countless beaches most of which being Blue Flaged such as Platis Gialos, Faros, Chrissopigi, Vathi, Kastro and Cheronissos, are ideal for relaxation next to the turquoise waters. Numerous luxury hotels along with traditional settlements provide warm welcome and high quality accommodation standards to ensure ideal holidays.
As Sifnos has successfully managed to retain the traditional way of life, being unspoilt by mass tourism, other than being ideal for relaxed by the sea holidays, it is point of attraction for archaeological lovers, eco tourists and religious tourists.
The island of Sifnos can be reached by sea as no airport services are available, from the port of Piraeus. Ferry boats and hydrofoils follow regular routs in Cyclades islands, providing easy access to Serifos, Kimolos, Milos, and Kithnos, or Santorini-Folegandros-Milos-Sifnos-Paros-Mykonos-Tinos and Siros, only within a few hours or even minutes’ boat trip, make the Sifnos ideal for island hoping.
Sightseeing & Monuments
Things To Do
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.
Useful Telephone Numbers
Sifnos Bus Services: +30 22840 31925
Sifnos Police: +30 22870 31210
Sifnos Medical Services: +30 22840 31315