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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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 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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 Afroditi Hotel
Hotel Afroditi is located just 164 feet from the beach of Kamares in Sifnos. It offers a breakfast room with terrace. All rooms have balconies or patio with view to the sea or the garden. more...
 Kouki Maria Rooms
Located in Apollonia, 1 mi from Poulati Beach, Kouki Maria Rooms provides air-conditioned rooms and a garden. 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...
 Hotel Kamari
This hotel is located in the village of Kamares, 656 feet from the long sandy beach. Rooms have balconies with mountain or sea views. 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...
 ZOE
Located in Apollonia in the Cyclades region, with Poulati Beach nearby, ZOE features accommodations with free WiFi. 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
Featuring mountain views, Melissou place offers accommodations with a terrace and a kettle, around 1.4 mi from Poulati Beach. Featuring sea and city views, this apartment also has free WiFi. 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...
 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...
 Plakoto House
Featuring a sun terrace, Plakoto House is a detached holiday home located in Exámbela. The unit is 0.6 mi from the scenic Apollonia Town. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 To Steno
The Cycladic-style To Steno is centrally located in Kamares, only 164 feet from the Blue Flag beach. more...
 House in Kamares - Sifnos
Featuring a bar, a garden, and a terrace, House in Kamares - Sifnos provides accommodations in Cherronisos with free WiFi and garden views. 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...
 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...
 Maistrali
Located in Kamarai, Maistrali offers 2-star accommodations with a garden. The beach, along with several restaurants and shops, is just 656 feet away. 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...
 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...
 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...




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