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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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 Delfini
Built by Kamares bay, Delfini Apartments is only 1969 feet from the Blue Flag beach of Kamares. The Cycladic- style hotel offers minimal rooms with a private balcony and LCD TV set. more...
 Verina Astra
Verina Astra 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...
 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...
 Kouki Maria Rooms
Kouki Maria Rooms provides accommodations in Apollonia. The guesthouse has sea views and a terrace. All guest rooms in the guesthouse are equipped with a flat-screen TV. 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...
 Aerides Boutique Rooms
Offering a sun terrace and views of the sea, Aerides Boutique Rooms is set in Vathi in the Sifnos Region. Each room at this guest house is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. 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...
 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...
 Verina Terra
Located in Platis Gialos in Sifnos Island, Verina Terra offers an outdoor pool with a sun terrace, and a restaurant. more...
 Apollonion house
Set in Apollonia in the Cyclades region, with Poulati Beach nearby, Apollonion house offers accommodations with free WiFi. 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...
 To Steno
The Cycladic-style To Steno is centrally located in Kamares, only 164 feet from the Blue Flag beach. more...
 ZOE
Located in Apollonia in the Cyclades region, with Poulati Beach nearby, ZOE features accommodations with free WiFi. 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...
 Sifnos House - Rooms and SPA
Sifnos House - Rooms and SPA is set in Kamares of Sifnos, just 886 feet from the port. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. more...
 Cyclades rooms
Cyclades rooms is located in Faros. Free WiFi is available. At the guesthouse, each room includes a balcony with a sea view. The private bathroom is equipped with free toiletries. 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...
 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...
 Dora's traditional houses
Set 1.1 mi from Poulati Beach, Dora's traditional houses offers accommodations with a shared lounge, a garden and a shared kitchen for your convenience. 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...
 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...
 Aris & Maria Houses
Located in Kastron, Aris & Maria Houses features accommodations with free WiFi in some rooms and a terrace. 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...
 Loukia Apartments
The stone-built Loukia Apartments is set in Artemonas, Sifnos. Poulati beach is 2789 feet away. The property is surrounded by gardens and features furnished sea view terraces. more...
 Apollon-Artemis Apartments
Just 1640 feet from the center of Apollonia Village, Apollon-Artemis is built according to the local, traditional architecture. It offers self-catering accommodations with views over the garden. more...




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