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Serifos is known as "the barren one" and for good reason: it is one of the least green island of the Cyclades. According to legend, though, its one-time king Polydeukes was turned to stone along with everything that was beautiful on the island. The story, more like the script for a soap opera than a section of popular mythodology, goes as follows. Perseus was reputedly washed up on these rocky shores as a boy along with his mother Danae.

The pair were locked in a box and tossed into the sea by Danae's vengeful husband as a result of her gaving birth to Perseus after her mating with Zeus, the Father of Gods. Danae's great beauty also brought the unwanted attentions of the King of Serifos, so Perseus punished the lascivious Polydeukes by slaying the snake-haired Gorgon Medusa and brandishing her head before the king who was duly petrified. So, Serifos island is so barren that the ancients invented such an unbelievable story to explain it

The capital Serifos Town is built on a hill that overlooks the bay and Livadi, the harbor. Like most Cycladic capital towns, Chora is densely built, resembling a fortress, to defend itself from the frequent pirate raids that ravaged it until the 17th century. Serifos used to derive its wealth from its mining industry, and, in the beginning of the 20th century, it was the site of some of the first violent industrial action to hit the then industrializing country.

Today, the island of Serifos is sparsely populated and it relies on tourism to make ends meet.It is a quiet destination, fit for families and people who are looking for peace and beauty in their vacations. Its local cuisine is typical Cycladic, based on organically-grown vegetables and seafood, and it also produces a distrinct range of desserts.



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 Kastro Oia Houses
Kastro Oia Houses, Oia
Located in the scenic Oia, Kastro Oia Houses offers cave suites with spacious terraces and hot tubs overlooking the Aegean Sea. more...
 Galaxy Suites & Villas
Galaxy Suites & Villas, Imerovigli
With a privileged position, on the crest of Santorini's caldera, Galaxy offers 2 outdoor pools overlooking the Aegean Sea, and accommodations with a hot tub or private pool. more...
 Kima Villas Suites
Kima Villas Suites, Oia
Swimming in the outdoor pool and enjoying the view of the volcano is just another day at Kima Villas Suites in Oia. All suites have a private balcony and free Wi-Fi. more...
 Rimida Villas
Rimida Villas, Oia
Rimida Villas is a group of self-contained traditional dwellings, located in the picturesque area of Perivolas, on the outskirts of Oia. more...
 Ocean Blue Villas
Ocean Blue Villas, Oia
Perched in the cliffs of Oia village, Ocean Blue Cave features panoramic views of the Caldera, volcano and the Aegean Sea from its furnished terrace. more...
 Strogili
Strogili, Oia
Enjoying spectacular views over the volcano and the Aegean Sea, Strogili offers traditional accommodations with charming furnished verandas, in Oia village. more...
 Eden Villas Santorini
Eden Villas Santorini, Imerovigli
Located in Imerovigli with Skaros nearby, Eden Villas Santorini offers accommodations with access to a hot tub. Complimentary WiFi is offered. more...
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Mythique Villas & Suites, Oia
Mythique Villas offers elegant, Cycladic-style accommodations in Oia. Each villa includes a private pool. The beaches of Ammoudi and Armeni are just 0.6 mi away. more...
 Remvi Suites
Remvi Suites, Firostefani
Located in Firostefani, one of the most beautiful spots of the famous Santorini cliffs, Remvi Suites offers panoramic views to the volcano, the caldera and the Aegean Sea. more...
 Kafieris Blue Studios
Kafieris Blue Studios, Firostefani
Featuring a pool and a hot tub perched on the cliffs of the Caldera, Kafieris Blue Studios is in Firostefani, just over a quarter mile from Fira. more...
 Lilium Santorini Villa
Lilium Santorini Villa, Fira
Located along the rim of the Caldera, Lilium Villa offers a pool with hydromassage facilities. Rooms overlook the Aegean Sea and the volcano, and Wi-Fi is complimentary in the entire hotel. more...
 Oia Santo Maris Luxury Suites and Spa
Oia Santo Maris Luxury Suites and Spa, Oia
Located in the picturesque Oía of Santorini, 6.8 mi from the cosmopolitan Fira, Oia Santo Maris Luxury Suites and Spa offers 5 outdoor pools and a 24-hour fitness center. more...
 Dreamland Ηouses
Dreamland Ηouses, Oia
Located in Oia, just 328 feet from the Santorini Caldera, Dreamland Houses offers apartments with views of the sea and sunset. more...
 Santorini's Balcony Art Houses
Santorini's Balcony Art Houses, Imerovigli
Santorini's Balcony is nestled on the famous Caldera in Imerovigli. It features an outdoor pool, a bar and a sunbathing terrace with views of the Aegean Sea and the sunset. more...
 Homeric Poems
Homeric Poems, Firostefani
Built on the cliff of Firostefani, Homeric Poems is an awarded hotel offering luxurious accommodations. Its boutique rooms, as well as the hotel swimming pool, enjoy spectacular views of the caldera. more...




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