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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...
 Sophia Boutique Hotel
Sophia Boutique Hotel, Oia
Set in Finikia, within 1.3 km of the pedestrian promenade of Oia, Sophia Boutique Hotel offers accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool and luggage storage space. more...
 Mythique Villas & Suites
Mythique Villas & Suites, Oia
Mythique Villas offers elegant, Cycladic-style accommodation in Oia. Each villa includes a private pool. The beaches of Ammoudi and Armeni are just 1 km away. 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...
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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 accommodation with a hot tub or private pool. more...
 Evilio Houses
Evilio Houses, Oia
Located in the heart of Oia Village, the traditionally built Evilio Houses offers self-catering accommodation with unobstructed views over the Aegean Sea. Free WiFi access is available throughout. more...
 Strogili
Strogili, Oia
Enjoying spectacular views over the volcano and the Aegean Sea, Strogili offers traditional accommodation with charming furnished verandas, in Oia village. more...
 Homeric Poems
Homeric Poems, Firostefani
Built on the cliff of Firostefani, Homeric Poems is an awarded hotel offering luxurious accommodation. Its boutique rooms, as well as the hotel swimming pool, enjoy spectacular views of the caldera. more...
 Kamares Apartments
Kamares Apartments, Fira
The Cycladic-style Kamares Apartments offers elegant apartments with views over the Caldera, the volcano and the sunset. They are situated in the breathtaking cliff of Fira, in Santorini. more...
 Aeifos
Aeifos, Oia
Offering panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and Caldera, Aeifos is located in the scenic village of Oia, just 5 metres from the famous castle. more...
 Aethrio
Aethrio, Oia
Ideally located in the heart of Oia, Aethrio Hotel features spacious rooms and apartments with sunset views. more...
 Pyrgos 1870, A restored Winery
Pyrgos 1870, A restored Winery, Pirgos
2.9 miles from Art Space Santorini, Pyrgos 1870, A restored Winery is located in Pirgos and has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. A hot tub is available for guests. more...
 Blue Angel Villa - Angel Villas
Blue Angel Villa - Angel Villas, Fira
Perched on a cliff in Kato Fira of Santorini, Blue Angel Villa features a sun terrace with hot tub and views over the Aegean Sea and the Caldera. 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...




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