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Serifos is known as "the barren one" and for good reason: it is one of the least green island of the Cyclades. According to legend, though, its one-time king Polydeukes was turned to stone along with everything that was beautiful on the island. The story, more like the script for a soap opera than a section of popular mythodology, goes as follows. Perseus was reputedly washed up on these rocky shores as a boy along with his mother Danae.

The pair were locked in a box and tossed into the sea by Danae's vengeful husband as a result of her gaving birth to Perseus after her mating with Zeus, the Father of Gods. Danae's great beauty also brought the unwanted attentions of the King of Serifos, so Perseus punished the lascivious Polydeukes by slaying the snake-haired Gorgon Medusa and brandishing her head before the king who was duly petrified. So, Serifos island is so barren that the ancients invented such an unbelievable story to explain it

The capital Serifos Town is built on a hill that overlooks the bay and Livadi, the harbor. Like most Cycladic capital towns, Chora is densely built, resembling a fortress, to defend itself from the frequent pirate raids that ravaged it until the 17th century. Serifos used to derive its wealth from its mining industry, and, in the beginning of the 20th century, it was the site of some of the first violent industrial action to hit the then industrializing country.

Today, the island of Serifos is sparsely populated and it relies on tourism to make ends meet.It is a quiet destination, fit for families and people who are looking for peace and beauty in their vacations. Its local cuisine is typical Cycladic, based on organically-grown vegetables and seafood, and it also produces a distrinct range of desserts.



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 White Harmony Suites
White Harmony Suites, Megalokhori
Located in Megalokhori, 2.9 miles from Santorini Port, White Harmony Suites provides free WiFi and sea views. All units feature air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. more...
 Infinity Suites - Dana Villas & Suites
Infinity Suites - Dana Villas & Suites, Firostefani
Located in a peaceful area outside Fira’s center, Dana Villas offer views of the volcano and the famous Santorini sunset. The elegant rooms are decorated in the traditional Cycladic style. more...
 Zorbas Hotel Santorini
Zorbas Hotel Santorini, Pirgos
Located in Pyrgos, 1148 feet from the caldera, Zorbas Hotel Santorini offers elegant, cycladic-style rooms with free WiFi. more...
 Santorini Villas
Santorini Villas, Vourvoulos
Located in Vourvoulos village, Santorini Villas "Traditional House" features self-catering accommodations with a seasonal, outdoor pool and views of the Aegean Sea. more...
 Skyfall Suites - Adults Only
Skyfall Suites - Adults Only, Pirgos
Located in the scenic village of Pyrgos Kallistis, Skyfall Suites offers Cycladic-style accommodations with private pools or outdoor hot tubs. more...
 Monolithia
Monolithia, Monolithos
Just 164 feet from Monolithos Beach, Monolithia Traditional Houses offer a garden with sun terrace and BBQ. They feature self-catering accommodations with a furnished terrace. more...
 Alta Vista Suites
Alta Vista Suites, Firostefani
Featuring a pool and a sun terrace with panoramic views over the Caldera and the Aegean Sea, the Cycladic-style Alta Vista Suites is centrally located in Imerovigli Village of Santorini. more...
 May Seven Suites - Adults Only
May Seven Suites - Adults Only, Megalokhori
2.5 miles from Santorini Port, May Seven Suites - Adults Only is located in Megalokhori and has air-conditioned rooms. All rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private more...
 Anemoessa Villa
Anemoessa Villa, Oia
Anemoessa Villa is only 0.6 mi from Oia’s center. It offers rooms with free Wi-Fi, homemade breakfast and panoramic views over the Aegean Sea. more...
 Remvi Suites
Remvi Suites, Firostefani
Located in Firostefani, one of the most beautiful spots of the famous Santorini cliffs, Remvi Suites offers panoramic views to the volcano, the caldera and the Aegean Sea. more...
 Lilium Santorini Villa
Lilium Santorini Villa, Fira
Located along the rim of the Caldera, Lilium Villa offers a pool with hydromassage facilities. Rooms overlook the Aegean Sea and the volcano, and Wi-Fi is complimentary in the entire hotel. more...
 Andromeda Villas & Spa Resort
Andromeda Villas & Spa Resort, Imerovigli
The elegant Andromeda Villas & Spa Resort are located in scenic Imerovigli, 984 feet above the dramatic Caldera. more...
 Aethrio
Aethrio, Oia
Ideally located in the heart of Oia, Aethrio Hotel features spacious rooms and apartments with sunset views. more...
 Ira Hotel & Spa
Ira Hotel & Spa, Firostefani
Set on the slopes of Santorini’s caldera, Ira Hotel is located in the village of Firostefani, within walking distance of Fira, the island’s capital. more...
 Aris Caves
Aris Caves, Oia
Carved into the volcanic rock, facing the Caldera, Aris Caves offers self-contained accommodations with breathtaking view over the sea. Free luggage porter service is provided. more...




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