I have been on Sifnos many times covering weddings and events but every time I fall in love again and again with this beauty.
Sifnos has the typical Cycladic ambiance, including whitewashed houses and chapels, innumerable dovecotes, a breathtaking natural landscape, and, of course, amazing beaches!
The moment you get off the ferry from Athens to Sifnos, you’ll feel like entering a whole new world! The island’s atmosphere is deeply calming, while the air is scented with almond and orange aromas that will seduce you. The tiny whitewashed villages, the cobblestone, embellished with colorful flowers, alleys, the luxurious hotels, and the mesmerizing sandy beaches ooze charm in abundance!
Sifnos belongs to the Cyclades islands group and sits in the heart of the Aegean sea, close to the Milos and Kimolos islands.
Boasting the typical Cycladic architecture, this island is dotted with cubic whitewashed houses, over 300 beautiful churches, dovecotes, and little earthenware shops. The island oozes a fairytale charm that makes it feel like it’s a world away from the mainland!
What it is most famous for, is gastronomy. Home to the famous Greek chef Nikolaos Tselementes, it undoubtedly has amazing food! You can taste the tasty local recipes, such as capper salad, chickpea soup, and mastelo at excellent restaurants and taverns.
One of the best things to do in Sifnos, especially if you want to experience the essence of the island, is to visit the villages. Kastro, Artemonas, and Apollonia, the capital of the island are total musts! Get lost in the narrow alleys of Kastro, eat the best local pastries in Artemonas and have a taste of the cosmopolitan side of the island in Apollonia. Every village is unique!
What can we say about the beaches? Their beauty is unreal. Escape the summer heat and take a dip at Chrisopigi beach, under the homonymous whitewashed church, at the cosmopolitan Platis Gialos, at sandy Vathi beach, followed by a seafood meal, and at Kamares, where the island’s port lies.
The modest size of Sifnos island makes it easy to explore. The island’s western part, where the boat arrives, is barren, hiding its assets at first look, but the harbor is located in the aridest area of the island and, with a little exploration. It will reveal all its advantages and beauties to the amazed visitor: the eastern half of Sifnos is full of rich olive groves and almond trees, oleanders in the numerous valleys, hillsides covered in wild juniper, beautiful deserted beaches, dovecotes, whitewashed little Cycladic houses, whitewashed chapels, and little churches.
Plenty of nice old walking paths link the picturesque villages and make it the ideal island for tranquil excursions. Sifnos has a long tradition of amazingly good pottery and superiority due to the exceptional quality of its clay. Tourism peaks in July and August, but it is still tolerable as Sifnos is much less crowded than some other Cycladic Islands. That makes it a relaxed place to enjoy some peaceful holidays although one must not think of the island as deserted.
The nice beaches and the appealing nightlife make Sifnos the ideal place also for those who wish to combine relaxation and fun. However, despite the tourist development, the island has managed to keep its folklife and customs alive.
info on Sifnos via greeka.com
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