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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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 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...
 Kamares Apartments - Adults Only
Kamares Apartments - Adults Only, Fira
The Cycladic-style Kamares Apartments offers elegant apartments with views over the Caldera, the volcano and the sunset. They are located in the breathtaking cliff of Fira, in Santorini. more...
 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 Finikia Villa
Sophia Finikia Villa, Foinikiá
Located in Foinikiá, Sophia Finikia Villa provides air-conditioned accommodations with a patio and free WiFi. This villa has a terrace. The villa comes with a satellite TV and a living room. more...
 Enalion White Suites Oia
Enalion White Suites Oia, Oia
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Enalion White Suites Oia is located in Oía, 2.4 mi from Cape Columbo Beach. Naval Museum of Oia is 1640 feet from the property. more...
 Chrisanthi Villa
Chrisanthi Villa, Pirgos
Featuring panoramic mountain views from the rooftop terrace, Chrisanthi Villa is a villa located in Pyrgos, just 1.6 mi from the port and 2.5 mi from Kamari beach. more...
 Gabbiano Apartments
Gabbiano Apartments, Oia
Set on a natural volcanic cliff, Gabbiano Appartments are located near the entrance of Oias’s village. more...
 Phos The Boutique
Phos The Boutique, Akrotiri
Phōs the Boutique is a 5-star luxury hotel, perched on the edge of the Caldera in Akrotiri offering unobstructed Caldera views. more...
 Ammos Oia Mansion
Ammos Oia Mansion, Oia
Featuiring Caldera views, Ammos Oia Mansion offers accommodations with free WiFi and air conditioning in Oía. The villa features sea views and is 0.9 mi from Ammoudi Bay. 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...
 Aesthesis Boutique Villas
Aesthesis Boutique Villas, Firostefani
Located in Firostefani, Aesthesis Boutique Villas offers accommodations with a patio and kitchen. Free WiFi is available. more...
 Kalisti Hotel & Suites
Kalisti Hotel & Suites, Fira
Conveniently located in the heart of Fira Town, just yards from the Caldera, the Cycladic-style Kalisti Hotel & Suites features modern facilities with deluxe services. more...
 Iriana Apartments
Iriana Apartments, Fira
Located in Fira, Iriana Apartments features air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. It offers spectacular views over the caldera and the volcano, while the main square is a 2-minute walk away. more...
 Filotera Suites
Filotera Suites, Oia
Offering an outdoor pool and a hot tub, the traditionally built Filotera Suites are in Oia Village. They feature elegantly decorated accommodations with views of the Aegean Sea and the caldera. 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...




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