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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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 Canaves Oia Sunday Suites Canaves Oia Sunday Suites     
Oía
Featuring free WiFi and an outdoor pool, Canaves Oia Sunday Suites offers accommodations in Oía, just 2.5 miles from Cape Columbo Beach. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. more...
 Oia Santo Maris Luxury Suites and Spa Oia Santo Maris Luxury Suites and Spa     
Oía
Showcasing a seasonal outdoor pool and spa center, Oia Santo Maris Luxury Suites and Spa is located in Oía in the region of Santoríni. more...
 Villas  270 Oias View Villas 270 Oias View     
Oía
Offering panoramic views of the Aegean Sea, 270 Oias View consists of self-standing villas each with a private pool. more...
 West East Suites West East Suites     
Imerovigli
Located in the scenic village of Imerovigli, West East Suites offers minimal accommodation with breathtaking views over the caldera or the Aegean Sea. more...
 Kirini Suites & Spa Kirini Suites & Spa     
Oía
This 5-star hotel, with its traditional architecture and its multi-leveled terraces, perches from the cliff, overlooking the blue waters of the Aegean Sea and the dramatic volcano island. more...
 Andronis Boutique Hotel Andronis Boutique Hotel     
Oía
Andronis Boutique Hotel is in the quiet town of Oia, 2.5 miles from Paradisos Beach. more...
 Ambition Suites Ambition Suites     
Oía
Each with a private outdoor hot tub, Ambition Suites is located in the scenic village of Oia offering straight Caldera and sea views. more...
 Oia Suites Oia Suites     
Oía
Oia Suites are situated in the outskirts of the scenic village of Oia. It offers free parking, free wireless internet and breathtaking views of the volcanic islets and the famous Santorini cliffs. more...
 Villas  Ode Villa Villas Ode Villa     
Oía
Featuring free WiFi and a year-round outdoor pool, Ode Villa is located in Oía, just 2.9 miles from Cape Columbo Beach. The property is air conditioned and has a hot tub. more...
 Condo Hotel  Homeric Poems Condo Hotel Homeric Poems     
Firostefani
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...
 Apartments  Theodora Suites Apartments Theodora Suites     
Oía
Located in the town of Oia, Theodora Suites is a renovated traditional Santorini complex. It offers self-catered apartments each with a balcony overlooking the caldera and the sunset. more...
 Villas  Santorini Princess Presidential Suites Villas Santorini Princess Presidential Suites     
Akrotiri
The Santorini Princess Presidential Suites is in Akrotiri village. Its accommodations have a private pool, hot tub and large furnished terrace with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and the Caldera. more...
 Villas  Amber Light Villas Villas Amber Light Villas     
Imerovigli
Offering a pool and a restaurant, Amber Light Villas is situated on the Eastern part of island, 1.5 km from the village of Imerovigli. more...
 Cavo Tagoo Santorini Cavo Tagoo Santorini     
Imerovigli
Located 5 km from Fira and 6 km from Oia, the Cavo Tagoo Santorini is an exclusive all-suite hotel offering luxurious accommodation, sunset views and personalized services. more...
 Apartments  Marizan Caves & Villas Apartments Marizan Caves & Villas     
Oía
Marizan Caves & Villas are in the highest spot of Oia, right at the edge of the famous Caldera (cliff), overlooking the sunset and the Aegean Sea from over 650 feet in altitude. more...

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