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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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 Sifnos Hotel Benaki
Offering rooms with a balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea or the village, Benaki Hotel is located on the beachfront of Platis Gialos in Sifnos. A snack bar and sun terrace are included. more...
 Nival Boutique Hotel
Set in Apollonia, 1.2 mi from Poulati Beach, Nival Boutique Hotel offers accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a bar. more...
 Arhontou
In Apollonia, the scenic capital of Sifnos, Arhontou offers Cycladic-style accommodations with balcony. Guests enjoy breakfast at the outdoor dining area featuring panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. more...
 Nostos Sifnos
Set in Apollonia, 0.7 mi from Poulati Beach, Nostos Sifnos offers accommodations with a garden, free private parking and a terrace. The hotel has family rooms. 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...
 Karma Hotel
Located in Platis Yialos Sifnos, 1.5 mi from Vlycho Beach, Karma Hotel offers beachfront accommodations and various facilities, such as a terrace. more...
 Studio Anna
Located on the beachfront in Vathi, Studio Anna features a terrace and free WiFi. The guest house has family rooms. All units in the guest house are equipped with a flat-screen TV. 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...
 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...
 Lighthouse Hotel
Featuring a pool with a children’s section and a snack bar, Lighthouse Hotel is located in Faros Village of Sifnos, within 2297 feet from the beach. 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...
 Patriarca
Boasting a terrace, Patriarca is located in Apollonia in the Cyclades region, 1.1 mi from Poulati Beach. more...
 Andromeda
Set in Exámbela, 1.7 mi from Vlycho Beach, Andromeda offers accommodations with an outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a bar and a garden. more...
 Margarita and Chara
Located in Faros, a few steps from Vlycho Beach, Margarita and Chara provides accommodations with a garden, free private parking and a terrace. The guest house features family rooms. 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...
 Kouki Maria Rooms
Located in Apollonia, 1 mi from Poulati Beach, Kouki Maria Rooms provides air-conditioned rooms and a garden. more...
 Romanza
Featuring a restaurant and sun terrace, beachfront Romanza is located in a scenic cove in Cherronisos in Sifnos. Fish taverns and shops are 164 feet away while a bus stop is 656 feet away. 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...
 GIAMAKI APARTMENTS
Set in Sifnos, 1.1 mi from Poulati Beach, GIAMAKI APARTMENTS offers air-conditioned accommodations with free WiFi. At the hotel, all rooms have a wardrobe, a TV and a private bathroom. more...
 Cyclades rooms
Located in Faros, 984 feet from Vlycho Beach, Cyclades rooms features rooms with sea views and free WiFi. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. more...
 Smaragda Rooms & Studios
The traditional Cycladic-style Smaragda Rooms & Studios is located 1.2 mi away from Platis Yialos, the well-known sandy beach of Sifnos. 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...
 Fassolou
Just 328 feet from Fassolou Beach in Sifnos, Fassolou is quietly located in a garden with BBQ facilities and a bar. It features traditional accommodations with a shaded patio or private balcony. more...
 Lodge Narlis
Set in Sifnos, 1.5 mi from Vlycho Beach, Lodge Narlis offers air-conditioned accommodations with free WiFi. The hotel has family rooms. more...
 Themonia
Located in the traditional community of Kato Petali, 2625 feet from Apollonia Town, the Cycladic-style Themonia features a courtyard with grapevine shaded pergolas. more...




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