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Sifnos Island

Sifnos is one of the Greek Islands located in the Aegean Sea 172 kilometres south east of the mainland port of Piraeus. The island is popular with Greek and international tourists alike and thousands of visitors flock here in high season. But the place hasn't been overwhelmed by mass-market tourism (yet) and you won't find the oppressive over-crowding which plagues the more popular party islands such as Mykonos and Santorini. You won't be able to appreciate the island's treasures as you arrive at the fairly uninspiring port of Kamares. Sifnos will strike you as a barren, rocky island with little to recommend it. You'll need to get to know its pretty villages, visit its ancient sites and roam its terraced hillsides, scented with wild thyme and oregano, before you can understand why this is the most visited island in the western Cyclades.

There's no airport here so the only way to reach the island is by ferry or hydrofoil from the mainland or one of the neighbouring islands. There are daily ferries to and from Piraeus (five hours), Serifos and Kythnos. Regular services also connect the island with Kimolos, Folegandros, Sikinos and Santorini. Cut your journey in half and pay double for a Flying Dolphin trip from Piraeu , Kythnos, Serifos or Milos. Highlights of the island include its medieval Kastro village, perched on a clifftop on the east coast, its fine cuisine and the locally produced pottery which is exported throughout Greece. There are plenty of good beaches along the south east stretch of coastline and a lovely "untouristy" bay in the south west.

An excellent local bus service and plentiful tracks meandering through the countryside will enable you to explore all the main sights without needing a car. You'll find an island peppered with elaborately decorated dovecotes, olive and almond groves, ancient monasteries and no less than 365 chapels (one for each day of the year). Sifnos was once the richest of all the Cycladic Islands , boasting huge reserves of gold, silver, aluminium and other precious metals. According to mythology the island takes its name from the son of the great Attican hero Sounios.

But some historians believe the name comes from the Greek word for "empty" which is how the island was left after its inhabitants incurred the wrath of the god Apollo. Legend has it that the islanders sent an annual gift of a golden egg to the god's sanctuary at Delphi but one year they tried to get away with donating a gold-plated stone. Apollo retaliated by flooding the gold mines and leaving the island destitute. The island's charming capital Apollonia is named after the 7 th century BC Temple of Apollo which once overlooked the town.


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 Alexandros Hotel Alexandros Hotel     
Platís Yialós Sifnos
Alexandros Hotel offers extensive gardens, a shaded poolside café and spacious rooms with a furnished balcony. An outdoor pool is on site and the Aegean Sea is 180 metres away. more...
 Delfini Delfini     
Kamares
Built by Kamares bay, Delfini Apartments is only 600 metres from the Blue Flag beach of Kamares. The Cycladic- style hotel offers minimal rooms with a private balcony and LCD TV set. more...
 Condo Hotel  Niriedes Hotel Condo Hotel Niriedes Hotel     
Platís Yialós Sifnos
Built above the bay of Platis Gialos, in Sifnos, Hotel Niriedes is just 100 metres from the cosmopolitan beach. more...
 Condo Hotel  Gerofinikas Condo Hotel Gerofinikas     
Apollonía
Within half a mile from the charming town of Apollonia, Gerofinikas offers Cycladic-style accommodations with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. more...
 Condo Hotel  Windmill Bella Vista Condo Hotel Windmill Bella Vista     
Artemonas
Offering stunning sea and countryside views, this attractive hotel complex is situated around an authentic 18th century windmill on the beautiful island of Sifnos. more...
 Villa Areto Villa Areto     
Kamares
Villa Areto is located 200 metres from the long sandy beach of Kamares. It features tasteful rooms and a breakfast cafe with outdoor terrace. Wi-Fi in communal areas and on-site parking are free. more...
 Condo Hotel  Verina Suites Condo Hotel Verina Suites     
Platís Yialós Sifnos
Located in Platis Gialos in Sifnos Island, Verina Suites offers an outdoor pool with a sun terrace, and a restaurant. more...
 Xerolithia Xerolithia     
Kamares
Within 300 metres from Kamares Beach in Sifnos, the Cycladic-style Xerolithia features a snack bar and a pool with a sea-view sun terrace. more...
 Apartments  Giannakas Studios Apartments Giannakas Studios     
Platís Yialós Sifnos
Just 85 yards from the cosmopolitan beach of Platis Gialos in Sifnos, Giannakas Studios offers a 24-hour front desk and rustic-style accommodations. more...
 Astra Verina Astra Verina     
Artemonas
Astra Verina is located in Artemonas Village and offers accommodation types that open to a balcony with Aegean Sea views. Free WiFi access is available in public areas. more...
 Arhontou Arhontou     
Apollonía
In Apollonia, the scenic capital of Sifnos, Arhontou offers Cycladic-style accommodations with balcony. Guests enjoy breakfast at the outdoor dining area featuring panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. more...
 Sifnaika Konakia Traditional Settlements Sifnaika Konakia Traditional Settlements     
Kamares
Just a few minutes? walk from the port of Kamares and 300 metres from the beach, Sifnaika Konakia Traditional Settlements offers tastefully decorated rooms overlooking the Aegean Sea. more...
 ALK Hotel ALK Hotel     
Kamares
This Cycladic-style hotel in Sifnos offers a bar with panoramic terrace and air-conditioned rooms with sea or mountain views. The pristine beach of Agia Marina is only 100 metres away. more...
 Condo Hotel  Cape Napos Condo Hotel Cape Napos     
Fáros
Built above a rocky shore, Cape Napos features a swimming pool with sun terrace and self-catered rooms with sea-view balconies. more...
 Elies Resorts Elies Resorts     
Vathi
Located on its private beach area of Vathi Bay, 5-star Elies Resorts is set on a 50,000 m2 area surrounded by olive trees. It boasts an on-site art shop, spa, 65-metre long pool and a tennis court. more...

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