Sifnos (Cyclades - Northwest Aegean)


Sifnos is a small and quiet island in Cyclades, but one with a rich history. It is estimated that people inhabited the island since at least 4000 BCE. The main town of Apollonia, named after God Apollo, is the island's capital and home to most of the restaurants and bars. Hiking trails to various points of interest start just outside the town and lead to monasteries, small chapels, old towers and secluded beaches.

Over the past few years, Sifnos has gradually developed its tourism infrastructure and gets quite popular during the summer. People head to this lovely island to relax in beaches like Faros, Platis Gialos and Vathy, and have a stroll in picturesque villages, including Kastro, Kamares and Artemonas. The most important sights are the Monastery of Chrissopighi (protector of the island), the Church of Seven Martyrs at the entrance of Kastro village and the Folklore Museum and Library.

The best time to visit is in late spring – the sea has warmed up to feasible swimming temperatures and locals outnumber tourists – and early autumn, when most of the tourists have departed and the sea is at its warmest. After late September, though, many facilities close down and ferry links get sparse. Sifnos is only accessible by ferry from Athens (4-5 hours) as the island is too small to have its own airport. However flights to nearby islands and the connection via a local ferry might prove a much faster way to reach Sifnos and experience all that this gem of an island has to offer.

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