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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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Platís Yialós Sifnos ? Show on map
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Niriedes Hotel is located in Platís Yialós Sifnos, just 31 miles from Náousa. Chora Folegandros is 23 miles from the property. more...
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Apollonía ? Show on map
Located in Apollonía in the region of Sifnos, 30 miles from Náousa, Kampos Home features a sun terrace and views of the sea. The property is air conditioned and features a hot tub. more...
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Platís Yialós Sifnos ? Show on map
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...
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Kamares ? Show on map
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...
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Apollonía ? Show on map
Within half a mile from the charming town of Apollonia, Gerofinikas offers Cycladic-style accommodations with panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. more...
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Kamares ? Show on map
Located in Kamárai, 28 miles from Chora Folegandros, ALK Hotel features free WiFi access and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. more...
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Fáros ? Show on map
Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Fassolou is located in Fáros, just 29 miles from Náousa. Chora Folegandros is 24 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Vathi ? Show on map
Located in Vathí in the region of Sifnos, 24 miles from Chora Folegandros, Elies Resorts features a fitness center and a private beach area. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. more...
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Kamares ? Show on map
Featuring free WiFi, Delfini offers accommodations in Kamárai, just 29 miles from Chora Folegandros. more...
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Kástron ? Show on map
Located in Kástron, 29 miles from Náousa, Aris & Maria Houses features a sun terrace and views of the sea. Chora Folegandros is 26 miles from the property. more...
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Vathi ? Show on map
Showcasing a sun terrace and views of the sea, Aerides Boutique Rooms is located in Vathí in the region of Sifnos, just 25 miles from Chora Folegandros. more...
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Platís Yialós Sifnos ? Show on map
Villa Glaros is a villa featuring a garden with a sun terrace, located in Platís Yialós Sifnos. The property features views of the sea and is 23 miles from Chora Folegandros. more...
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Artemonas ? Show on map
Purple Flower Villa is a detached villa with a sun terrace, located in Artemón in the region of Sifnos. The villa has air conditioning and free WiFi. more...
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Platís Yialós Sifnos ? Show on map
Featuring a garden and sun terrace, Villa Antoniadis is located in Platís Yialós Sifnos, just 24 miles from Chora Folegandros. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation has a TV. more...
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Platís Yialós Sifnos ? Show on map
Located in Platís Yialós Sifnos, 31 miles from Náousa, Alexandros Hotel features a restaurant and free WiFi. The hotel has a terrace and views of the sea, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. more...

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