The island of Sifnos lies in the western Cyclades in the middle of a triangle formed by Serifos, Kimolos and Antiparos. This is a charming island which has something to make every traveller who visits her shores happy, with stunning sandy beaches, beautiful hill top villages, verdant valleys dotted with olive groves and plenty of archaeological sites.
Sifnos has had human inhabitation since at least the 4th millennium BCE and was extremely rich in antiquity due to the mining of gold, silver and lead, remains of the ancient mines some of which can be dated to prehistoric times can still be found on the island.
The port of Sifnos, Kamares has a wonderful sandy beach and is a great location to base yourself with plentiful restaurants and shops.
Apollonia, is the capital of Sifnos it is situated in the centre of the island, and named for the worship of Apollo, it is also known as Stavri possibly derived from the word for crossroad in Greek (stavrodromos) or from the Church of the Holy Cross which lies in the centre of the village. From Apollonia you catch a bus to all the other villages of the island and it’s many beaches. Traditionally Cyladean in character Apolloinia has the winding little streets inaccessible to cars that you expect to find in the Cyclades and the main pathway through Apollonia to Katavati known as “the alley” is lined with old churches, shops and bars and restaurants, coming to life on summer evenings.
The ancient capital Kastro is located on the east of the island sitting on top of a rock with panoramic views, it is worth wondering the meandering alleyways of this ancient settlement which contain numerous Roman remains, you will also find the Archaeological Museum here and the old Elementary school of Kastro which now hosts various exhibitions throughout the summer.
Sifnos has some wonderful sandy beaches one of the most beautiful being Chrissopigi, which takes it’s name from the Monastery built on a rock next to the sea, also known as Apokofto the beach is lined with trees and has some lovely restaurants serving traditional local dishes.
Famed for its gastronomy Sifnos is also birth place of the acclaimed Greek cookery writer Nikolaos Tselementes.
Due to the quality of it’s clay Sifnos is famous for its pottery and there are 19 pottery workshops on the island.
Sifnos offers a great holiday for families, groups and solo travellers, and combined with Milos and/or Serifos makes for great island hopping.