Located amongst Serifos, Kimolos and Antiparos, Sifnos is one of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades. Combining the traditional architecture style of the Cyclades with the bright white colors and the narrow streets, Sifnos is the epitome of the Cycladic Chic style.
Sifnos has a lot of things to offer even in the most demanding visitor. The imposing landscapes, the picturesque settlements like Apollonia and Artemonas, the beautiful beaches, the medieval villages like Kastro and the old monasteries like Chrysopigi make Sifnos a very popular destination.
Dating back to the ancient times, Sifnos has a rich history that will amaze visitors. Wander around the picturesque streets of Apollonia and taste the gastronomic treasures of the island. Visit Kastro, one of the most iconic villages of the island nested on the rocks with breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea. Discover the majestic beaches of Platis Gialos, Vathi and Kamares and enjoy the tranquility of the island.
Sifnos has magnificent golden sand beaches. One can find clean and attractive beaches at Kamares, Faros and Platis yialos as well as quieter and less known ones such as those at Herronisos, Fikiada and Fasolou.
Kamares is about 5 km away from Apollonia. It is the main port facility of the island and the largest coastal settlement. The majority of the rooms to let, hotels, and restaurants are to be found in Kamares, as well as a number of grocery stores, shops, bakeries, a private camp site, tourist offices, numerous cafés, pâtisseries, and pottery workshops, the Municipal Information Office, and the Port Authority.
A number of hiking routes start out from Kamares, including those leading to the Nymfon church at Korakies, the Mavri Spilia (the Black Cave), the site of the old mining area, and the NATURA protected site. Another trail of greater difficulty leads to the north of the chapel of Agia Anna in Pera Panta, heading towards Agios Simeon. Another hiking route leads east to Apollonia and the central inland village settlements.
Platys Gialos is one of the most popular tourist places on Sifnos. The beach has soft sand and crystal water, while it is lined by fresh fish taverns, Greek and international restaurants, and few coffee shops and beach bars.
Local attractions include the White Tower 1.5 km northeast of the beach, one of the 77 ancient beacon towers (‘fryktories’) of the island and the best preserved. In Platy Gialos there are rooms to let, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, a tourist office, cafés, and pottery workshops. Many hiking trails start from the village, heading towards Fikiada, Vathi, and the other central village settlements. Opposite the beach of Platy Gialos is the uninhabited islet of Kitriani, with its solitary building, the church of the same name, Panagia Kitriani, the oldest church of Sifnos (10th-11th century).
The island is connected by ferry, throughout the year, with Piraeus, Milos, Kimolos, Serifos, Kythnos, Sikinos, Ios, Folegandros, Santorini, Paros and Syros. During the summer, ferry services increase and additional connections are added, such as Mykonos, Naxos and Lavrio.
THINGS TO DO & SEE
Chrysopigi church and beach
In a Nutshell
Sophisticated island in an understated way...beloved by celebs who appreciate the low key ambience
Fly to Athens - TRANSFER BY FERRY
Approx. 2hr 45min by high speed ferry from Piraeus
In May and after mid-Sept - an overnight stay in Athens may be required on arrival and/or departure
Daily Direct flights from London Heathrow with British Airways
Daily Direct flights from London Gatwick with Easyjet
Direct flights from Manchester with Easyjet
Our location maps are intended as a helpful guide but are by no means definitive.