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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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 Infinity Suites & Dana Villas
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...
 Santorini Villas
Located in Vourvoulos village, Santorini Villas "Traditional House" features self-catering accommodations with a seasonal, outdoor pool and views of the Aegean Sea. more...
 Zorbas Hotel Santorini
Located in Pyrgos, 1148 feet from the caldera, Zorbas Hotel Santorini offers elegant, cycladic-style rooms with free WiFi. more...
 View Hotel by Secret
View Hotel by Secret is located in Foinikiá and features a bar and a terrace. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. more...
 Abelonas Village
Located in Megalochori village, just 984 feet from Caldera Cliffs, Abelonas Village features an outdoor swimming pool, a plunge pool with hydromassage facilities and a pool bar. more...
 Mellow Luxury Cave
Located in Foinikiá, Mellow Luxury Cave has a garden, shared lounge and free WiFi. The hotel features a hot tub and a shared kitchen. more...
 White Harmony Suites
Located in Megalochori, 2.9 miles from Santorini Port, White Harmony Suites provides accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and access to a garden with a terrace. more...
 Lava Caves
Offering an outdoor, cave-style hot tub, Lava Caves is located 2.6 mi from Cape Columbo Beach in Oia. It features a traditionally built holiday home with a patio and panoramic Aegean Sea views. more...
 Caldera Butterfly Villas
Perched on the cliffs of the caldera, one mile from Fira, Caldera Butterfly Villas offers kitchenette accommodations with spectacular views of the volcano and the Aegean Sea. more...
 Anamar Santorini
Featuring a seasonal outdoor pool, Anamar Santorini is located on the quiet area of Monolithos in Santorini. more...
 Andromeda Villas & Spa Resort
The elegant Andromeda Villas & Spa Resort are located in scenic Imerovigli, 984 feet above the dramatic Caldera. more...
 Alta Vista Suites
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...
 Mesana Stone Houses
Perched on a hill with mountain and Aegean Sea views, in the scenic Emporio Village, Mesana Stone Houses is a complex of traditionally built, stone houses with terrace. more...
 Kastro Oia Houses
Located in the scenic Oia, Kastro Oia Houses offers cave suites with spacious terraces and hot tubs overlooking the Aegean Sea. more...
 Santa Rinoula Suites
Located 2.5 miles from Santorini Port, Santa Rinoula Suites offers a garden, a terrace and air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. more...




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