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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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 Platys Gialos Hotel Sifnos
Located right on the beach of Platys Gialos, the Cycladic-style Platys Gialos Hotel offers rooms and suites with unobstructed views over the Aegean Sea. more...
 Anthousa Hotel
Centrally located in Apollonia Town, the whitewashed Anthousa Hotel features a sun-soaked courtyard with seating areas, as well as a snack bar. more...
 Andromeda
Set in Exámbela, 1.7 mi from Vlycho Beach, Andromeda offers accommodations with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a bar and a garden. more...
 Margado
Margado is built on a hill over the bay of Kamares, the picturesque port of Sifnos, 984 feet from the beach,offering a panoramic view of the bay. more...
 Sifnos
Located in Faros in the Sifnos region, with Faros Beach and Vlycho Beach nearby, Sifnos "Sofia apartments" features accommodations with free private parking. more...
 Miles Away Sifnos - Beachfront House
Located in Platis Gialos, a few steps from Platis Gialos Sifnos beach and a 9-minute walk from Lazarou Beach, Miles Away Sifnos - Beachfront House offers free WiFi, a garden and air conditioning. more...
 Geronti Moscha Apartment
Located in Ano Petali Village of Sifnos, the Cycladic-style Geronti Moscha Apartment offers self-catering units with views over the Aegean Sea and the surrounding area. more...
 Gorgona
Located a few steps from Faros Beach, Γοργόνα offers a terrace, and accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. 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...
 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...
 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...
 Gerofinikas Boutique Hotel
Within half a mile from the charming town of Apollonia, Gerofinikas Boutique Hotel offers Cycladic-style accommodations with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. more...
 Selana Suites
Enjoying panoramic Aegean Sea views from all the private and communal areas, Selana Suites features an outdoor pool and snack bar. It offers modernly decorated accommodations and free Wi-Fi more...
 Melissou place
Located in Apollonia in the Sifnos region, Melissou place has a balcony. Guests staying at this family stay can use the free WiFi and terrace. The family stay features a flat-screen TV. more...
 Patriarca
Featuring a terrace, Patriarca is located in Apollonia in the Sifnos region, 1.1 miles from Poulati Beach and 1.2 miles from Seralia Beach. more...
 Pension Afroditi
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 River
Located in Kamares in Sifnos, Villa River is set 328 feet from Kamares beach and features a terrace. Guests benefit from a balcony and a barbecue. more...
 Aegean Eye Apartments
Located in Kastron, a 5-minute walk from Seralia Beach, Aegean Eye Apartments features rooms with sea views and free WiFi. 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...
 ZOE
ZOE is located in Apollonia and offers a terrace. This property has free WiFi. The apartment also comes with a bathroom. more...
 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...
 Agnanti Traditional
Located among vines and flowers 492 feet from the scenic village of Kastro in Sifnos, Agnanti Traditional offers traditionally decorated rooms with free Wi-Fi and furnished balconies overlooking the more...
 Petali Village Hotel
Located in the village of Pano Petali, Petali Village Hotel offers a panoramic view of Apollonia and the sea. more...
 Elies Resorts
Located on Vathi Bay, 5-star Elies Resorts is set on a 50,000 m2 area surrounded by olive trees. It features an on-site art shop, spa, 65-yard long pool and a tennis court. more...
 Astarte Luxury Apartments
Located in Artemonas, Astarte Luxury Apartments offers apartments that open to a balcony, some of which with panoramic Aegean Sea views. Free WiFi is available in public areas. more...




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