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Travel to Serifos – Astonishing, Hidden Gem Off the Beaten Track

Serifos has the traditional Cycladic architecture – the island dotted with little whitewashed houses and churches – a beautiful contrast to the wild and dry landscape. Serifos is one of the quieter Cyclades off the beaten tourist track, just perfect for a relaxing holiday.

Arriving by boat at the island of Serifos you will see Serifos Chora hanging on the mountain hill high above. It is one of the most beautiful capitals in the Cyclades. After spending your day at one of the gorgeous beaches you can enjoy the evening in the cobblestoned narrow alleys of Chora, dining in a traditional restaurant and having a drink in one of the bars. 

Where is Serifos Greece? 

Serifos is one of the many Greek islands, belonging to the island group Cyclades in the Aegean Sea. Serifos is in the western Cyclades, south of Kythnos and northwest of Sifnos. It is part of Milos region.  

Map of Cyclades Archipelagos
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Serifos – how big is the island? 

The area of Serifos is 75,2 km2 and the island has a population of around 1,400 (anno 2011). The highest point on the naked rock island is 585 meters above sea level. The port is named Livadi. 

Serifos – what to see? 

Serifos Chora - Photo by S. Lambadaridis
Serifos Chora – Photo by S. Lambadaridis

Serifos, an island of strong contrasts with an active magnetic field created by its metalliferous rocks, is an ideal proposal for relaxing holidays in a Cycladic environment with an intense nightlife. It will captivate you at first sight.  

Chora of Serifos 

Travel to Serifos, Cyclades, Greece - Chora
Serifos Chora – Photo by Y. Skoulas

The enchanting Chora is the capital of the island with white houses, windmills, and stone paved walkways, built on an almost perpendicular rock. With its breath-taking views over the Aegean Sea it is classified among the most beautiful capital towns of the Greek islands. Sérifos is with its charming paths and astonishing views an obvious choice for hikers. Chora makes a wonderful spot for sunset gazing! 

Serifos beaches 

Travel to Serifos, Cyclades, Greece - beautiful emerald beach

Boasting a coastline of 81 meters, Serifos has a great many beaches to choose from!  You can choose between organized or secluded beaches, sandy or pebbled, all perfect for relaxing and enjoying your privacy away from the crowds. The beaches of Livadi and Livadakia are the most popular beaches on Serifos.  

Non organized 

  • Agios Sostis beach – Sandy, secluded – 7 km east of Chora 
  • Psili Ammos beach – Sandy, secluded – 8 km east of Chora 
  • Ganema beach – Sandy, secluded, nudism friendly 
  • Vagia beach – Sandy, secluded, nudism friendly 
  • Sikamia beach – Sandy, secluded, nudism friendly – 10 km north west of Chora 
  • Lia beach – Sandy, secluded, nudism friendly – 7 km south east of Chora 
  • Koutalas beach – Pebbled, family friendly – 11 km south west of Chora 
  • Platis Gialos beach – Sandy, secluded – 12 km north of Chora 
  • Kalo Ampeli beach – Sandy, secluded – 7 km south of Chora 
Travel to Serifos, Cyclades, Greece - beach

Partly organized 

  • Livadakis beach – Sandy, family friendly – 5 km south of Chora 
  • Livadi beach – Sandy, family friendly, habour – 13 km south west of Chora 
  • Megalo Livadi beach – Sandy, family friendly – 10 km south west of Chora 

Serifos what to do? 

Travel to Serifos, Cyclades, Greece - Megalo Livadi mines - Photo by Y. Skoulas
Megalo Livadi mines – Photo by Y. Skoulas

The best activities in Serifos is sightseeing and trekking. The island is perfect for a few days chilling out in-between visits at more lively islands like Milos, Mykonos or Ios. Island hopping to the nearby islands of Kythnos, Milos and Sifnos is a great opportunity to see more of the Cyclades islands during your vacations. 

Travel to Serifos, Cyclades, Greece - Chora Town Hall
Serifos Chora – Town Hall

How to reach Sérifos Island? 

Serifos has no airport but it has a regular ferry connection to Athens and the nearby islands of Kythnos, Sifnos, and Milos. The easiest way to get to Serifos is by flying to Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”. From the airport of Athens, you can reach the port of Piraeus by taxi or metro to embark on the ferry to Serifos. The route from Piraeus port to Serifos lasts only about two hours. During the summer months some extra routes are carried out from the port of Lavrion. 

Travel to Serifos, Cyclades, Greece - old ruin - Photo by David T.
Old ruin on Serifos – Photo by David T.

Weather and climate in Serifos 

Serifos has the ideal climate for summer vacations. Like the rest of Greece, it is characterized by a good stable climate, influenced by the Mediterranean Sea. Even though the summer is hot it is free from humidity and the fact that winds are blowing in the Cyclades makes it even better. This way you can enjoy the beautiful beaches without getting uncomfortably hot. Serifos gets cooler during spring and fall but April and May have warmer temperatures around 20ºC. During spring and fall there is a lot of sunshine.  

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Travel to Serifos, Cyclades, Greece - alley in Chora - Photo by David T.
Alley in Chora – Photo by David T.

Serifos in Greek mythology 

According to Greek mythology there is a little story about Serifos. When Acrisius was warned by an oracle that his own grandson would kill him, he cast his daughter (Danaë) and her infant son Perseus adrift at sea in a wooden chest, which came ashore at Sérifos. 

Why visit Serifos? 

Travel to Serifos, Cyclades, Greece - Church bells - Photo by Christos Berdesis
Church bells – Photo by Christos Berdesis

Serifos is off the beaten tourist track, yet to be discovered by the many visitors, with smaller hotels, boutique hotels and B&B. It is perfect for a relaxed holiday in an atmosphere of tranquillity, away from the crowds. 

2 thoughts on “Travel to Serifos – Astonishing, Hidden Gem Off the Beaten Track

  • April 9, 2013 at 15:12
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    I would like to know if you have a room availabile for a family with two children trom 14 to 18 august and if yes also the price per night.
    thank you,
    Giulia Varrasso
    Rome, Italy

  • April 9, 2013 at 15:33
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    Hello Giulia

    My name is Linda Bertelsen and “Go Greece Your Way” is my travel blog.
    I give general information about different places in Greece and also I make research about good, decent accommodation.
    If you like some of the hotels or studio that I recommend, you have to follow the “Hotel website” link in the post and book the room on the website of the hotel.

    I hope you’ll find what you are looking for, you are always most welcome to write back if you need help on any issue.

    Kind regards,
    Linda Bertelsen

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