Cyclades Islands, Destinations

Sifnos

Sifnos

Sifnos: A place full of tasty memories…

Sifnos is the hometown of famous poets such as Ioannis Gryparis, Kleanthis Triantafylou and Aristomenis Provelegios, as well as chefs such as Tselementes. Unique traditional villages, organized or hidden beaches, and 227 churches scattered around the island are waiting to be discovered.

Apollonia, the capital of Sifnos is built in the form of an amphitheater on three hills in the center of the island. The narrow streets and whitewashed houses of Chora form a beautiful example of traditional Cycladic architecture. During your afternoon walk through the alleys of Chora visit the Museum of Folklore in Heroes Square.

In each small tavern or restaurant, you can taste some of the exceptional dishes of Sifnos, prepared by chefs who know how to tempt the palate. When night falls, Apollonia is transformed and the best bars of the islands are here open to dance all night!

In Sifnos, you can see an urban phenomenon that is not found in another of the Cyclades islands since a pedestrian path starts from Artemonas and reaches Katavati, passing before Ano Petali, Apollonia, while a pedestrian paved path joins Agios Lukas, Exampela and Kato Petali.

Hiking is the ideal way to discover the beauties of Sifnos such as the “thymonies”, the olive trees and the forests of cedars and oaks, the prehistoric acropolis and the ancient towers of Sifnos. In Sifnos there have been registered 55 towers of communication of the centuries VI – III A.C.

Artemonas

A few kilometers from the city lies the traditional settlement of Artemonas, famous for its neoclassical mansions and its exceptional panoramic view of the island. Some of Sifnos’ most famous restaurants and bakeries will welcome you here with fresh homemade cookies and hot donuts.

Kástro

The historical settlement of Kastra (which means “castle”), inhabited without interruption from ancient times to today, is built on the ruins of ancient Syphins, on steep rock with a breathtaking view of the sea. A beautiful open-air museum and one of the most picturesque villages on the island, Kastro stands out for its old houses with wooden balconies, ancient columns and narrow courtyards.

The visitor enters the village by “lozies”, the old entrances of the castle. In the past, these inputs were used as war towers in order to protect the settlement. The houses in the front, built side by side were inhabited by the lower class, while the inner and most protected part was occupied by the upper class. It stands out the small picturesque church of “Eftamartyros” (Church of the Seven Martyrs), perched in a rock that seems to arise from the sea. It is worth spending a little time to visit the archaeological museum.

The beaches of Sifnos

Whether cosmopolitan or isolated, they are sandy beaches, bathed by the sun. Kamares next to the port, Platis Gialos the most cosmopolitan and bustling, Ithaca a sandy beach with taverns where you can enjoy fresh fish, Chrisopigi ideal for snorkeling and other lesser-known as Chersonissos, Vroulidia, Fikiada and Fassolou.

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