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Sifnos - A real jewel

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Sifnos, is a pretty and relatively fertile island with its landscape dotted with over 350 churches and tiny chapels. Sifnos with the excellent beaches and the lovely villages, is also famous for its pottery (for over 2000 years) and its cooks. Due to variety and beauty of its landscape, Sifnos is an ideal island for those love walking.

Gold and silver mines gave the island great wealth in antiquity and resulted Sifnos being the larger contributors to the Delphi Treasury.

  • Getting There

    There daily ferry connections with Piraeus, Milos, Serifos and Kythnos.
    Less frequently is connected with Paros, Kimolos, Ios, Santorini, Sikinos, Folegandros.

  • Getting Around

    There is bus service between Kamares, Apollonia and Artemonas. The bus network is also extended to Platis Yialos, Kastro and Pharos. Cars and motor bike rental is available.

Sifnos Beaches

Cheronissos, small sandy bay at the so named picturesque fishing village
Faros,three small sandy beaches (Faros, Gliphos & Fassolou)
Kamares, beautiful sandy beach
Platis Yialos, beautiful long sandy beach
Vathy, one of the most beautiful and longest sandy beaches on the island
Vroulidia,small pebble beach

Places of interest & excursions

Panagia Chrissopigi, the island's most famous monastery, is built on a rocky promontory.
Kastro, Sifnos' old capital (today with 100 inhabitants) built on a rocky outcrop, with beautiful churches.
Vathi the best beach of the island.

Touring Sifnos

Sifnos Apollonia Sifnos' capital derived its name from a 7th century BC temple of Apollo which was superseded in the 18th century by the church of Panagia Ouranofora. Apollonia a collection of three hilltop villages, is a beautiful town harmonically spread across the hills. It is scenic in parts with white buildings, flower balconies and lovely views. The Museum of Popular Arts and Folklore exhibits a collection of Sifniot pottery, costumes and textiles. Fragments of a famous local book are also in display. Agios Athanassios Church with frescoes and wooden iconostasis is worth a visit. All tourist amenities are available in Apollonia.

is even nicer than Apollonia with wonderful views and elegant Venetian houses and beautiful churches. Panagia Gouria with frescoes and Agios Georgios with fine icons should be visited.

is the island's port and it is positioned in an amphitheatre of massive mountains. It is a cheerful place with lively nightlife. Kamares has a sandy beach and a couple of potteries.

It was Sifnos' capital from the 14th to the 19th century and retains some of its medieval character. It is built on a rocky outcrop with an almost sheer drop to the sea on three sides. There are Venetian coats of arms and ancient wall fragments in some of the older dwellings. There is also a small Archaeological Museum which exhibits a collection of Archaic and Hellenistic sculpture of ceramics to the Byzantine era. Churches with beautiful floors such as Panagia Eleoussa and Agia Ekaterini are worth a visit. Kastro has a couple of tavernas.

Useful Info

Population: 2,500
Distance from Piraeus Port: 78 Nautical Miles
Medical Center: 22840 31315
Police: 22840 31210
Port Police: 22840 33617
Archeological Museum: 22840 31022

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