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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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 Kastro Oia Houses
Kastro Oia Houses, Oia
Located in the scenic Oia, Kastro Oia Houses offers cave suites with spacious terraces and hot tubs overlooking the Aegean Sea. more...
 Eden Villas Santorini
Eden Villas Santorini, Imerovigli
Located in Imerovigli with Skaros nearby, Eden Villas Santorini offers accommodations with access to a hot tub. Complimentary WiFi is offered. more...
 Limestone
Limestone, Fira
Opening in summer 2018, Limestone luxury suites is set on the cliff of the caldera and is located at a historic and quiet neighborhood, with breathtaking view to the Aegean Sea, the volcanic island of more...
 Galaxy Suites & Villas
Galaxy Suites & Villas, Imerovigli
With a privileged position, on the crest of Santorini's caldera, Galaxy offers 2 outdoor pools overlooking the Aegean Sea, and accommodations with a hot tub or private pool. more...
 Kima Villas Suites
Kima Villas Suites, Oia
Swimming in the outdoor pool and enjoying the view of the volcano is just another day at Kima Villas Suites in Oia. All suites have a private balcony and free Wi-Fi. more...
 Rimida Villas
Rimida Villas, Oia
Rimida Villas is a group of self-contained traditional dwellings, located in the picturesque area of Perivolas, on the outskirts of Oia. more...
 Adelante 88 Villas
Adelante 88 Villas, Akrotiri
Adelante 88 is wisely positioned on the top of the Caldera at Akrotiri with unlimited panoramic views of the volcano and the whole length of the Caldera. more...
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Mythique Villas & Suites, Oia
Mythique Villas offers elegant, Cycladic-style accommodations in Oia. Each villa includes a private pool. The beaches of Ammoudi and Armeni are just 0.6 mi away. more...
 Aeifos
Aeifos, Oia
Offering panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and Caldera, Aeifos is located in the scenic village of Oia, just 16 feet from the famous castle. more...
 Sophia Boutique Hotel
Sophia Boutique Hotel, Oia
Set in Finikia, within 0.8 mi of the pedestrian promenade of Oia, Sophia Boutique Hotel offers accommodations with an outdoor swimming pool and luggage storage space. more...
 Santorini's Balcony Art Houses
Santorini's Balcony Art Houses, Imerovigli
Santorini's Balcony is nestled on the famous Caldera in Imerovigli. It features an outdoor pool, a bar and a sunbathing terrace with views of the Aegean Sea and the sunset. more...
 Delta Suites
Delta Suites, Oia
Located in Oia, 2.7 miles from Cape Columbo Beach and a 1-minute walk from Naval Museum of Oia, Delta Suites has accommodations with free WiFi and access to a hot tub. more...
 Strogili
Strogili, Oia
Enjoying spectacular views over the volcano and the Aegean Sea, Strogili offers traditional accommodations with charming furnished verandas, in Oia village. more...
 Evilio Houses
Evilio Houses, Oia
Located in the heart of Oia Village, the traditionally built Evilio Houses offers self-catering accommodations with unobstructed views over the Aegean Sea. Free WiFi access is available throughout. more...
 Homeric Poems
Homeric Poems, Firostefani
Built on the cliff of Firostefani, Homeric Poems is an awarded hotel offering luxurious accommodations. Its boutique rooms, as well as the hotel swimming pool, enjoy spectacular views of the caldera. more...




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