Sifnos, The diamond of the Cyclades
Sifnos is an island full of hidden beauties. Picturesque settlements of Cycladic architecture with big courtyards, magical beaches, delicious cuisine, fine traditional products and beautiful paths are waiting for you to discover!
The heart of Sifnos beats in its capital, Apollonia. The stunning traditional architecture, the churches and the cobbled streets will enchant you. Visit the Folklore Museum. Climb up to the medieval village of Kastro, an experience that will take you back in time. Enjoy the view from the picturesque church of "Eftamartyros" perched on a rock that rises from the sea! The Archaeological Museum of Sifnos is located in Kastro village.
Visit Artemon, a true gem of Sifnos. Walk in its cobbled alleys with the most beautiful mansions. It is also worth seeing the Churches of Panagia Kohi with the interesting architecture, Panagia of Ammou where there is an image of "Panagia i Monachi" a rare depiction of the Holy Mother without the Holy Infant, Agios Spyridonas and the beautiful Panagia of Balis.
One of the most beautiful sights of the island, the monastery of Chrysopigi (17th century) is perched on a rocky peninsula.
The ideal time to visit it is during the sunset. Until then, you can swim at the nearby beaches, such as Apokofto with its fine sand and tamarisk trees or the small pebble beach Saures.
It is worth visiting the Mycenaean acropolis of Agios Andreas (12th century BC) and its museum with the impressive view of the island and the Aegean.
Sifnos from ancient times has a great tradition in ceramic art and its most famous product is perhaps its ceramics. In the pottery workshops of the island, you are given the opportunity to see up close the traditional way of making them!
One of the largest trail networks in Greece is located in Sifnos. During your stay on the island, it is worth to follow at least one path and enjoy the majesty of nature.
The beaches of Sifnos are unique and crystal clear! The famous rock of Chrysopigi with its large smooth surfaces, the Seven Witnesses in Kastro, the White Cliffs in Faros are some of the most famous beaches worth visiting. We will let you discover the rest by yourself!
Enjoy the excellent local cuisine in Sifnos
Sifnos is famous for its wonderful traditional recipes and fine local products. It is no coincidence that the famous cook Nikos Tselementes comes from the island! Do not leave without trying mastelo (goat or lamb with wine and dill on vines), chickpeas cooked for ten hours in a canopy, chickpea meatballs with marjoram, caper salad, local cheeses and sun-dried tomatoes. Don’t forget to stop at the local confectionery workshops to try Sifnos loukoumia, pastelia and halva pies.
The best time to visit Sifnos
You can visit Sifnos all year round, it has an excellent climate and is ranked in the top sunny areas of Europe with 3,010 hours of sun per year! In summer you have a few more reasons as the island is in its glory with its beautiful beaches waiting for you.
How to use transportation in Sifnos
Port transfer options
The island is not connected by air with the mainland, as it has no airport. But you can go by airplane to the airport of Milos and from there take a ferry to the island.
By boat, Sifnos is connected to the port of Piraeus, with several itineraries in the summer, but also to the surrounding islands, such as Syros, Paros, Santorini, Folegandros and Andros, but also to Crete, via Milos.
To move inside Sifnos, it is good to have your own car, but even if you don’t, there are local bus routes, which start from Artemon and transport visitors to all settlements. Of course, there is also the option of a taxi, which can take you anywhere on the island or rent a car.