Serifos

Cyclades

Serifos is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, a rugged and mountainous island with a small population.

Photo by Milan Gonda (see more of his photos on our page Photos of Greece).

Serifos is the kind of island you head to if you want to get away from it all. There's not a lot to do other than enjoy hiking, sunbathing and swimming, for which the island is ideal. If you want nightlife then head elsewhere, although if your idea of nightlife is hanging out in the tavernas and enjoying the Greek way of life then you will get that here.

Getting to Serifos

Serifos doesn't have an airport but is well-connected with ferries despite its small population of about 1500 people. In summer there are several ferries a day from Piraeus, and you can choose between the more expensive high-speed ferries or the cheaper but slower options if you're on a budget.

There are ferry connections to about ten other islands, though options may be fewer out of season. Sifnos is the closest island, just a half-hour away on the fast ferry, of which there are several a day in summer. If you time it right you can get a ferry as far as Santorini, with a journey time of 6.5 hours. Other connections include IosKythnosMilosParos and Syros.

Ferries in Greece

Ferries in Greece has an excellent and very thorough website where, in addition to checking ferry schedules and times, you can also book tickets and get lots of useful information about travelling by ferry in Greece.

Where to Stay

There is some accommodation scattered around the island in its smaller villages and little beach resorts, but otherwise there are two main choices in the two largest communities.

As with many Greek islands, Serifos has a port, Livadi, and a main town, Hora, which is uphill and inland to provide better protection in case of raids. There are regular buses linking the two, or you can take a taxi. There's also a hiking trail if you don't have much to carry - it is a steep climb if you're going up. It's better to walk down and get the bus back up.

Hora is by far the more attractive and livelier of the two, and is in fact one of the most attractive of capital towns in the Cyclades, which is saying something. You'll find a choice of accommodation and eating options here, though if travelling in summer it's best to book ahead. There's a 15th-century Venetian castle to climb up to, something not to be missed for the wonderful views over the island and the Aegean.

Livadi is a bit scruffy by comparison, typical of island ports, but you can still have a good time there if you need to be there for an early ferry departure. One option is to head for the neighbouring Livadakia Beach, where you'll find more typical resort accommodation and dining.

Around the Island

The rest of the island is given over to a few beach resorts, some inland villages, and more isolated beaches that can be reached by hiking through the mountains. It's one of our ideal Greek island days - a scenic walk ending at a quiet beach for some resting, reading and swimming, then walk back again, shower, pre-dinner drink and then choose your taverna for the evening. And repeat!

Panagia Skopiani on Serifos

See our other Cyclades pages...

  • Tinos in the Cyclades Islands of Greece

    The island of Tinos in the Cyclades has several daily ferry connections from Rafina on the Greek mainland and is most famous for the Feast of the Assumption.

  • Syros

    Syros is in the Cyclades islands, with Ermoupoli as its main town and some good beaches, described here on the Greece Travel Secrets website.

  • Sikinos

    Surrounded by bigger and better-known Cyclades islands such as Ios, Naxos and Santorini, Sikinos is a delightfully untouristy island.

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    Sifnos is one of the smaller islands in the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea.

  • Paros in the Cyclades Islands in Greece

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  • Naxos in the Cyclades Islands of Greece

    The island of Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades and on this page you can see information about flights and ferries to Naxos.

  • Milos in the Cyclades Islands of Greece

    The island of Milos in the Cyclades in Greece is noted for its museums and beaches, and read about flights and ferries to Milos.

  • Kythnos

    Kythnos is a small island in the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea, with easy access from Athens and popular with Athenians on summer weekends.

  • Kimolos

    Kimolos is in the Cyclades islands of Greece, close to Milos.

  • Folegandros

    Travel information from Greece Travel Secrets about Folegandros in the southern Cyclades, close to Sikinos, with flight and ferry information.

  • Anafi in the Cyclades islands of Greece

    Travel advice and information on Anafi in the Greek Cyclades islands with good beaches, walking, accommodation, tavernas.

  • Amorgos in the Cyclades Islands of Greece

    Travel advice and information on Amorgos in the Cyclades, a dramatic and growing holiday destination with ferries from Athens and other Greek islands

  • Kea

    Kea is in the Cyclades group of Greek islands and this page from Greece Travel Secrets shows how to get there by ferry and what to do when you've arrived.

  • Schinoussa and Iraklia Travel Guide

    This is the first travel guide to Schinoussa and Iraklia, two tiny islands in the Cyclades, published by Real Greek Experiences.

  • Mykonos

    Mykonos in the Cyclades islands in Greece has cheap and luxury hotel accommodation, car rental, ferries from Athens, Santorini, Crete and other Greek islands.

  • Ios in the Cyclades Islands of Greece

    The island of Ios in the Cyclades group of islands in Greece is noted for its nightlife in summer, as well as its beaches, churches and the grave of Homer.

  • Antiparos

    Travel information about Antiparos near Paros in the Cyclades Islands of Greece from the Greece Travel Secrets website.

  • Andros in the Cyclades Islands of Greece

    The island of Andros in the Cyclades has fast ferries from Rafina. There are some good beaches and the main town has two interesting museums.

  • Cyclades

    Travel information about the Cyclades group of Greek islands including Mykonos, Santorini (Thira), Naxos, Paros, Delos, Tinos, Siros, Milos, Amorgos.

  • Delos in the Cyclades Islands of Greece

    The island of Delos in the Cyclades islands is a unique archaeological site, taking up the whole island, and a popular day trip from nearby Mykonos.

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