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Sifnos – Undiscovered haven of tranquility, beauty and luxury

Sifnos, the Cycladic island of harmony will offer you a vacation in perfect relaxation with luxurious hotels and stunning sandy beaches. The moment you set foot on the island you will feel the deeply calming atmosphere in an air scented with aromas of almond and orange. The cobblestoned villages with whitewashed houses and colourful flowers will totally charm you.

The Municipality of Sifnos, in collaboration with the professionals and institutions of the island, created the “restart recipe”, to welcome its friends according to this year’s tourism opening plan, after COVID-19. The Cycladic Islands, Folegandros and Sifnos were named the best travel destinations, among the smallest islands for 2019.

Sifnos and the recipe for the return

Through a video, Sifnos “explains the recipe” and addresses every potential traveler, who wants to leave behind the last months of confinement and restart traveling to destinations with quality and safety measures.

Sifnos, Greece - Cheronissos - Photo August Politis
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Sifnos – unique beaches and trails

Exciting beaches, unique beaches, marked hiking and walking trails, ancient monuments protected by UNESCO and incomparable architecture along with the unique pottery, await the visitor at the tiny island that knows well from recipes for success: The authentic Sifnian chickpeas, the sweets of the spoon, the mizithra and the exquisite cheeses and cooked dishes, all cooked in handmade local clay pots and contain as their main ingredient the love of Sifnos.

The security measures of Sifnos

The municipality of Sifnos together with local agencies, professionals and residents joined forces to take all necessary health and safety measures, so that the travelers of tomorrow can enjoy a holiday without worries in a safe destination.

Travel to Sifnos, Cyclades, Greece
Sifnos church

Sifnos – singled out in Focus

In fact, many international media, such as the demanding German magazine Focus, single out Sifnos among the 5 destinations in Greece that are worth visiting in 2020.

All the preparations have been made on the island so that accommodation, restaurants, taverns, cafes, and bars can serve the tourist with one goal. To make him forget, always respecting his needs and financial capabilities. At the same time, Sifnos has already entered this year with a new unique proposal for all lovers of maritime and maritime tourism.

Where is Sifnos island, Greece?

Travel to Sifnos, Cyclades, Greece - Kamares
Kamares, Sifnos

Sifnos is situated in the Cyclades between Serifos and Milos, west of Delos and Paros, about 130 km  from Piraeus. It is 15 km long and 7.5 km wide with a coastline of 70 km and a permanent population of nearly 2450.

How to get to Sifnos island?

Map of Cyclades Archipelagos
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There is no airport on the island of Sifnos – the nearest is on Milos. You can reach the island by ferry from Piraeus port near Athens on the Piraeus- Kythnos- Serifos- Sifnos- Milos- Kimolos line. You will as well find infrequent sailings to other islands in the Cyclades. Sifnos is perfect for island hopping from Santorini, and Mykonos – have a few days break on the much quieter island of Sifnos. Other nearby islands are Serifos and Kimolos.

Sifnos – what to see?

Sifnos Island, Cyclades, Greece - Chapel of Eptamartyres in village of Kastra
The small of chapel Eptamartyres in the village Kastro

The main town, near the center of the island, known as Apollonia, is home to the island’s folklore museum. The town’s name is thought to come from an ancient temple of Apollo on the site of the church of Panayia Yeraniofora. The second-largest town, Artemonas with almost a third of the islands population, is thought to be named after an ancient temple of Apollo’s sister-goddess Artemis, located at the site of the church of Panayia Kokhi. The village of Kastro, built on top of a high cliff on the island’s northwestern shore on the site of the ancient city of Siphnos, has even today extensive medieval remains and is the location of the island’s archeological museum. The port settlement, on the west coast of the island is known as Kamares.

Best beaches in Sifnos

Travel to Sifnos - Kamares Beach - photo by K. Kouzouni
Kamares Beach – photo by K. Kouzouni

Surrounded by great landscapes and crystal-clear waters the beaches in Sifnos have an unspoiled beauty. Kamares Beach, Platis Gialos Beach and Chrissopigi Beach are the most popular beaches in Sifnos but if you drive around the island you can find privacy on quiet secluded beaches.

Partly organized beaches

  • Platy Gialos Beach – Sandy, family friendly, located 9 km south of Apollonia
  • Vathy Beach – Sandy, family friendly, located 10 km southwest of Apollonia
  • Kamares Beach – Sandy, family friendly, harbour, located 6 km northwest of Apollonia
  • Faros Beach – Sandy, family friendly, located 7 km southeast of Apollonia
  • Heronissos Beach – Sandy, family friendly, located 15 km northwest of Apollonia
Travel to Sifnos - Plati Gialos - photo by K. Kouzouni
Platy Gialos – photo by K. Kouzouni

Non organized beaches

  • Chrissopigi Beach – Sandy, family friendly, located 8 km southeast of Apollonia
  • Apokoftos Beach – Sandy, family friendly, located 8 km southeast of Apollonia
  • Vroulidia Beach – Pebbled, secluded, located 12 km northwest of Apollonia
  • Dialiskari Beach – Pebbled, secluded, located 4 km northeast of Apollonia

History of Sifnos

Sifnos was inhabited by human beings from at least 4000 BCE. Archeological evidence indicates the island was within the mainstream of Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Cycladic civilization. The island was very wealthy in ancient times, thanks to its gold, silver, and lead, which were being mined there as early as the 3rd millennium BCE. Proof of this is the treasury which the Siphnians built at Delphi in the 6th century BCE to house their offerings.

What to do in Sifnos?

Hiking along the footpaths

Hiking in Sifnos, Cyclades, Greece - Photo by Julie Karitinos
Hiking your way to secluded beaches – Photo by Julie Karitinos

The footpaths of Sifnos form a network of about 200 km. Some are paved with stones, and others are dirt tracks. As part of a local tradition the paths serve farming and animal farming life – even in places where alternate access routes exist – since they are used on a daily basis so that people and animals can reach pastures and thimonies (simple one-roomed constructions covering the basic needs of the farmers).

Hikers and wanderers, too, use the paths, enjoying the beautiful views of the “other” Sifnos, the green and fragrant one, during the autumn and especially spring seasons, where herbs, greens and flowers growing wild everywhere, cover the whole island. The paths are as well used to reach secluded beaches with clear, blue sea. During walking you will meet small, white churches, or more imposing monasteries, that are still completely harmonious with the natural environment.

Travel to Sifnos - View of Apollonia - photo by K. Kouzouni
View of Apollonia – photo by K. Kouzouni

Weather and climate in Sifnos

Like all the Cyclades Islands Sifnos has a typical Mediterranean climate with quite warm summers and mild winters with infrequent, heavy rainfalls, and even frost and snowfalls in the mountains. During summer you will experience the strong northern winds of the Cycladic meltemia. The best time to visit Sifnos is during springtime and September.

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Travel to Sifnos - Kastro Eftamartyros - photo GNTO/E. Fili
Kastro Eftamartyros – photo GNTO/E. Fili