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Sifnos Island

Sifnos is one of the Greek Islands located in the Aegean Sea 172 kilometres south east of the mainland port of Piraeus. The island is popular with Greek and international tourists alike and thousands of visitors flock here in high season. But the place hasn't been overwhelmed by mass-market tourism (yet) and you won't find the oppressive over-crowding which plagues the more popular party islands such as Mykonos and Santorini. You won't be able to appreciate the island's treasures as you arrive at the fairly uninspiring port of Kamares. Sifnos will strike you as a barren, rocky island with little to recommend it. You'll need to get to know its pretty villages, visit its ancient sites and roam its terraced hillsides, scented with wild thyme and oregano, before you can understand why this is the most visited island in the western Cyclades.

There's no airport here so the only way to reach the island is by ferry or hydrofoil from the mainland or one of the neighbouring islands. There are daily ferries to and from Piraeus (five hours), Serifos and Kythnos. Regular services also connect the island with Kimolos, Folegandros, Sikinos and Santorini. Cut your journey in half and pay double for a Flying Dolphin trip from Piraeu , Kythnos, Serifos or Milos. Highlights of the island include its medieval Kastro village, perched on a clifftop on the east coast, its fine cuisine and the locally produced pottery which is exported throughout Greece. There are plenty of good beaches along the south east stretch of coastline and a lovely "untouristy" bay in the south west.

An excellent local bus service and plentiful tracks meandering through the countryside will enable you to explore all the main sights without needing a car. You'll find an island peppered with elaborately decorated dovecotes, olive and almond groves, ancient monasteries and no less than 365 chapels (one for each day of the year). Sifnos was once the richest of all the Cycladic Islands , boasting huge reserves of gold, silver, aluminium and other precious metals. According to mythology the island takes its name from the son of the great Attican hero Sounios.

But some historians believe the name comes from the Greek word for "empty" which is how the island was left after its inhabitants incurred the wrath of the god Apollo. Legend has it that the islanders sent an annual gift of a golden egg to the god's sanctuary at Delphi but one year they tried to get away with donating a gold-plated stone. Apollo retaliated by flooding the gold mines and leaving the island destitute. The island's charming capital Apollonia is named after the 7 th century BC Temple of Apollo which once overlooked the town.



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 Giannakas Studios
Giannakas Studios, Platis Yialos Sifnos
Just 85 yards from the cosmopolitan beach of Platis Gialos in Sifnos, Giannakas Studios offers a 24-hour front desk and rustic-style accommodations. more...
 Villa Irini
Villa Irini, Platis Yialos Sifnos
Located 656 feet away from the sandy beach of Platys Gialos in Sifnos Island, Villa Irini is a Cycladic-style complex offering accommodations with Aegean Sea views. more...
 Eleonas Apartments
Eleonas Apartments, Apollonia
Built according to the Cycladic style, family-run Eleonas Apartments is located in an olive grove 984 feet from the center of Apollonia. more...
 Alexandros Hotel
Alexandros Hotel, Platis Yialos Sifnos
Alexandros Hotel offers extensive gardens, a shaded poolside café and spacious rooms with a furnished balcony. An outdoor pool is on site and the Aegean Sea is 656 feet away. more...
 Xerolithia
Xerolithia, Kamarai
Within 984 feet from Kamares Beach in Sifnos, the Cycladic-style Xerolithia features a snack bar and a pool with a sea-view sun terrace. more...
 Niriedes Hotel
Niriedes Hotel, Platis Yialos Sifnos
Built above the bay of Platis Gialos, in Sifnos, Hotel Niriedes is just 328 feet from the cosmopolitan beach. An outdoor pool with a hydromassage area and a small art gallery are available. more...
 Nikoleta Studios
Nikoleta Studios, Apollonia
Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Nikoleta Studios is located in Apollonía, the main town of Sifnos island. Free private parking is available on site. All units have a flat-screen TV. more...
 Edem Hotel
Edem Hotel, Platis Yialos Sifnos
Only 492 feet from a sandy beach, Edem Hotel is located in the village of Platis Gialos in Sifnos Island. more...
 ALK Hotel
ALK Hotel, Kamarai
This Cycladic-style hotel in Sifnos offers a bar with panoramic terrace and air-conditioned rooms with sea or mountain views. The pristine beach of Agia Marina is only 328 feet away. more...
 Verina Suites
Verina Suites, Platis Yialos Sifnos
Located in Platis Gialos in Sifnos Island, Verina Suites offers an outdoor pool with a sun terrace, and a restaurant. more...
 Kampos Home
Kampos Home, Apollonia
Set in the settlement of Ano Petali, within 1148 feet from the scenic center of Apollonia, Kampos Home offers charming accommodations with furnished balconies. more...
 Villa Antoniadis
Villa Antoniadis, Platis Yialos Sifnos
Villa Antoniadis features an outdoor swimming pool and stone sun terrace. Built in characteristic Cycladic style, the hotel is surrounded by a tranquil area with olive trees. more...
 Pension Afroditi
Pension Afroditi, Apollonia
Offering free WiFi and a sun terrace, Pansion Afroditi is set in Apollonía, within 984 feet from the village center and the nearest bus stop. All units include a TV. more...
 Villa Areto
Villa Areto, Kamarai
Villa Areto is located 656 feet from the long sandy beach of Kamares. It features tasteful rooms and a breakfast cafe with outdoor terrace. Wi-Fi in communal areas and on-site parking are free. more...
 Astra Verina
Astra Verina, Artemon
Astra Verina is located in Artemonas Village and offers accommodations types that open to a balcony with Aegean Sea views. Free WiFi access is available in public areas. more...




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