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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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Alta Mare by Andronis is in Oia. Features include a semi-covered swimming pool and an open-air cafe. All the suites are perched on the cliff overlooking the famous volcano, the Caldera and the sea. more...
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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...
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Exclusively stylish and romantic, Absolute Bliss is placed on the highest point of the black volcanic rock of Santorini, with breathtaking Caldera views. more...
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Enjoying spectacular views over the volcano and the Aegean Sea, Strogili offers traditional accommodation with charming furnished verandas, in Oia village. more...
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Located in Oía, 1.6 miles from Cape Columbo Beach, Aperanto Suites features free WiFi access and free private parking. more...
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Perched on the cliff of the caldera in Firostefani Village, the Cycladic-style Agali Houses features a swimming pool and a furnished terrace with panoramic views of the sea and the volcano. more...
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Vallais Villa is situated in Imerovigli, providing charming studios with private balconies offering panoramic sea and caldera views. The complex consists of traditionally furnished apartments. more...
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Gold Suites is situated in Imerovigli, right on the cliff of the Caldera. It has uninterrupted views of the volcanic crater and offers modern accommodations with traditional Cycladic elements. more...
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Situated 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...
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With a privileged position, on the crest of Santorini's caldera, Galaxy offers 2 outdoor pools overlooking the Aegean Sea, and accommodation with a hot tub or private pool. more...
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Standing on a hilltop with beautiful views of the Aegean and volcano caldera, Belvedere Hotel is quietly located at Fira, yet within walking distance from its shops, museums and nightlife. more...
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Built on the cliff of Firostefani, Homeric Poems is an awarded hotel offering luxurious accommodation. Its boutique rooms, as well as the hotel swimming pool, enjoy spectacular views of the caldera. more...
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Perched on Caldera Cliff and in the center of the traditional Oia Village, the Oia Mare Villas overlooks the Aegean Sea, the Caldera and Thirasia Island. more...
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With a magnificent view over the sea and the volcano, within a 10 minutes' walk from the centre of Fira, Chic Hotel Santorini offers charming accommodation with kitchenette, fridge, air condition, and more...
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Nestled upon a rock in Fira Town, the Cycladic-style Athina Luxury Suites feature a swimming pool and a sun terrace with panoramic views of the Caldera and the volcano. more...

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