Sifnos is one of the smaller islands in the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea.
Kamares on Sifnos
Sifnos is one of the six islands making up the Western
Cyclades. It's roughly the same size as Serifos or Santorini, and with a
year-round population of less than 3,000 people. It's made up of three main
villages, the capital being Apollonia, where about one-third of the island's
Church on Sifnos
Getting to Sifnos
Sifnos has no airport but is well-served by ferry
connections. Its nearest large neighbours are Serifos to the northwest, less
than a half-hour by ferry; Milos to the southwest (30-60 minutes on the
high-speed ferries, around two hours on regular ferries); and Paros to the east,
which is a little bit further and slower, taking about 5 hours 25 minutes.
Other ferry connections include Piraeus (2-4 hours
high-speed, otherwise about 5 hours); Santorini (2.5-3 hours high-speed, 5-7
hours regular ferries); and Mykonos (6-7 hours).
Many of these ferries operate on a daily basis in summer,
though some are only a few times a week so always check.
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.
The Chrisopigi Monastery on Sifnos
What to Do on Sifnos
Sifnos is mainly good for hiking, sunbathing and swimming.
There are a number of excellent tracks all over the island, with maps available
locally. Many of these tracks lead to isolated churches and monasteries, which
are visually striking in their remote settings.
Beaches tend to be quiet, apart from a few small resorts.
You won't find watersports, and probably no place to buy snacks or water, so go
In Apollonia there is a small Folklore Museum, and the
island's Archaeological Museum is in Kastro. Probably only of interest to
specialists is an Ecclesiastical Museum at the Monastery of Panagia Vrysiani
Sifnos has several small archaeological sites and ancient
ruins around the island too, which also add to the pleasure of hiking here.
Where to Stay on
Apollonia is probably the best bet if you want to be
somewhere lively (by Sifnos standards). You can set off on several hiking
trails from here, and explore further on the local bus that runs through the
town. In the evening there's a good choice of eating options. It's also very
photogenic, with lots of narrow and winding traffic-free streets.
Kamares is the port of Sifnos, and can also make a good base
as it has more of a beach resort than a typical Greek port atmosphere. It's
also where you'll find the local tourist information office.
The hilltop village of Kastro used to be the island capital.
It's one of the most picturesque spots on the island, with whitewashed houses,
narrow streets, blue-domed churches and an ancient wall running around it.
There's less choice of accommodation and eating places but you'll have a truly
wonderful island experience if you base yourself here.
Where to Stay on Sifnos
Colourful Church on Sifnos
Check out the excellent official island tourism website, a
model other islands should follow:
Other Cyclades pages
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The island of Paros in the Cyclades is famous for its marble, and on this page you can also see information about flights and ferries to Paros.
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There are plenty of things to do on Mykonos, one of the most popular Greek islands, such as nightlife, beaches, churches and visiting the ancient site of Delos.
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Travel information from Greece Travel Secrets about Folegandros in the southern Cyclades, close to Sikinos, with flight and ferry information.
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Travel information about the Cyclades group of Greek islands including Mykonos, Santorini (Thira), Naxos, Paros, Delos, Tinos, Siros, Milos, Amorgos.
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Travel information about Antiparos near Paros in the Cyclades Islands of Greece from the Greece Travel Secrets website.
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