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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
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...
 Xerolithia
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...
 Eleonas Apartments
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 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...
 Petra & Fos Studios and Rooms
Built on a hill, within 2625 feet from Kastron Village of Sifnos. The castle lies within a 10-minute walk, while Seralia Beach is at a distance of 0.6 mi. more...
 Niriedes Hotel
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...
 Evgenia Apartments
Evgenia Apartments is located steps from Platis Yialos Beach in Sifnos. It offers self-catering units opening out to a balcony or terrace with Aegean Sea views. more...
 Aris & Maria Houses
Located in Kastron, Aris & Maria Houses features accommodations with free WiFi in some rooms and a terrace. more...
 Cape Napos
Built above a rocky shore, Cape Napos features a swimming pool with sun terrace and self-catered rooms with sea-view balconies. more...
 Cyclades Beach
Less than 164 feet from Sifnos’ popular Platis Yialos Beach, Cyclades Beach offers a sea-view restaurant, and large rooms and apartments with balconies. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and free parking. more...
 ALK Hotel
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
Located in Platis Gialos in Sifnos Island, Verina Suites offers an outdoor pool with a sun terrace, and a restaurant. more...
 Astra Verina
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...
 Giaglakis Rooms
Offering free WiFi and a sun terrace, Giaglakis Rooms is located in Platis Gialos. There is also a kitchenette, fitted with a refrigerator and stovetop. Bed linen is available. more...
 Sifanto Mare Apartments
Featuring air conditioning, Sifanto Mare Apartments offers accommodations in Fáros, 5 mi away from Apollonia village Free WiFi is provided. more...
 Aggelis Villa
Featuring a garden, Aggelis Villa provides accommodations in Artemon with free WiFi and sea views. This vacation home has air-conditioned accommodations with a terrace. more...
 Kampos Home
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...
 Skaloto Studios
Skaloto Studios offers pet-friendly accommodations in Artemonas, Sifnos island. Free private parking is available on site. All units are air conditioned and have a flat-screen TV. more...
 Windmill Bella Vista
Offering stunning sea and countryside views, this attractive hotel complex is located around an authentic 18th century windmill on the beautiful island of Sifnos. more...
 Psarona Vacation House
Located in Cherronisos in the Sifnos region, Psarona Vacation House has a balcony and sea views. It features a terrace, city views and free WiFi throughout the property. more...
 Villa Antoniadis
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...
 Aristeides - Moscha Apartments
Featuring free WiFi, Aristeides - Moscha Apartments offers pet-friendly accommodations in Platís Yialós Sifnos. The scenic Apollonia Town is 5 mi away. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Motivo
Motivo features sea views, free WiFi and free private parking, located in Kastron. All of the air-conditioned units feature a private bathroom, flat-screen TV, fully-equipped kitchenette and balcony. more...
 To Koralli
The Cycladic-style To Koralli is located 394 feet from the sandy beach of Platis Yialos in Sifnos Island and offers air-conditioned studios and apartments with a furnished, stone-paved balcony. more...
 Blue Fish
Set amid a 3.000-m² olive grove, Blue Fish offers air-conditioned accommodations with a well-equipped kitchenette and free Wi-Fi. more...




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