If you find yourselves there, you’ll know there’s no other place of equal beauty in the whole world. National Geographic, Top Ten Islands
Islands like Sifnos are like a journey, they take off, sometimes they are full, sometimes they are empty, but they are never indifferent… Panagiotis Tetsis, painter
I want to put Sifnos in a bottle, so people can smell it, close their eyes and feel like they are in this blessed place. Button Quinn, painter
An island with the cleanest and freshest water on the planet. The most amazing food, very friendly people… of all ages, brilliant with children. It’s very quiet, very peaceful. Beautiful. Jude Law, actor
I had come to Sifnos by pure chance, but I knew I had found something, something of my own… I knew I would come back. Sifnos was already a kind of home. Christian Brechneff, painter
Sifnos in not only a place for vacation, I am thinking of staying here forever. Emir Kusturica, director
Sifnos is an island of 74 square km in the western Cyclades. A well watered and fertile island with easy slopes is guarded by steep cliffs, broken by only a few deep-cut bays.
Sifnos was inhabited from at least 4000 B.C. The island was very wealthy in ancient times, since gold, silver, and lead were being mined there as early as the 3rd millennium B.C. Remains of ancient mines, some dating back to prehistoric times, are still to be seen on the island, most notably at Agios Sostis. Remains of ancient fortifications, dating from the third millennium to the sixth century B.C. have been found at Agios Andreas, Agios Nikitas and Kastro. Another indication of the wealth of Sifnos is the fact that it was one of the first places in Greece to mint coins, beginning around 600 B.C.
Today Sifnos is an attractive destination for people who wish to discover the real Cyclades. There are few places in the world where you just have to keep coming back. Sifnos is definitely one of them. An island of unparallel elegance, offering high quality facilities and services embedded in an authentic environment of perennial character and rich tradition.
Life in Sifnos
Life in Sifnos
The moment you arrive on the island, the magic of the place lightly and gently settles over you. It does not take long to decipher this unbelievable feeling – its graceful beauty engulfs you in the first moments.
The traditional whitewashed houses speckling the mountainsides, the innumerable churches crowning every peak, the old stone walls, terraces following the contours of the mountains, the ancient stone paths and stairs winding between them, the olive trees and the orchards, all bathed in the most amazing, clear sunlight will leave you speechless; the clearest, bluest water of the sea, always nearby, the softness of the beaches and the incredible vistas to the other islands floating in the distance will take your breath away; the warmth, simplicity and hospitality of the local people, with their seemingly timeless rhythms and habits, will make you feel not only welcome but also invited to share a life and a place you can call your own. An island that emanates the easy sense that you are being away but also somehow home…
Beaches in Sifnos
Beaches in Sifnos
The island is surrounded by crystal clear waters that take all the shades of blue imaginable – from turquoise to deep blue, the fresh water is a real treat for anyone who loves to swim. The beaches with their taverns serving fresh fish and lots of local delicacies will be your home for most of the day. The tamarisk trees will offer their welcome shade when the sun is high and the breeze will lullaby you to perfect oblivion.
There are a number of beaches you can choose from. Get a taste of the best known as well as of the best kept secret ones…
Vathi. Located on the western coast, a long, sandy beach with shallow blue waters and an array of restaurants next to the sea. The little bay is a natural harbour and many a times, it will host yachts and sailing boats providing a beautiful and lively view to swimmers.
Kamares. Although the sandy beach lies next to the island’s port, on the western side of the island, the waters here are just wonderful. Quite long, it has many sun beds and umbrellas that guarantee your total relaxation.
Chrisopigi. Located next to the monastery of Chrisopigi, in the south, lies a beautiful sandy beach lined with tamarisk trees that provide rich shade in the summer. A nice tavern is also to be found there, a perfect excuse for a bite after your swimming.
Saoures. A picturesque beach with pebbles very close to Chrisopigi. Very quiet and a bit secluded, ideal for relaxation and a swim you will not forget.
Faros-Fasolou-Glyfo. Faros is a picturesque village on the southern side of the island that boasts three consecutive sandy beaches you can choose from. Little restaurants, white washed churches and an old lighthouse provide a unique setting.
Platys Gialos. One of the most popular beaches of the island, located on the southern coast, it is also one of the longest beaches in Cyclades. Rather shallow, crystal clear waters, many restaurants and coffee shops, sun beds and umbrellas for perfect relaxation.
Vroulidia. On the northwestern side, Vroulidia is one of the quieter beaches of the island. With sand and pebbles and crystal clear blue waters, a beach bar and a rocky road that will take you there. The setting is quite edgy but stunning.
Heronissos. The northern tip of the island is the little fishing village of Heronissos. The beach is sandy and not very long, covered with trees. The landscape here is wilder and different from the rest of the island.
Speed boats or ferry boats daily connect Sifnos to Piraeus. It is a 3- to 5-hour ride by ferry boat from the port of Piraeus, depending on the season you will visit. Please contact us for information on schedules and pick-up arrangements from the port.Or you may wish to sail to Sifnos in a sailing yacht we will book for you. Start your holidays in an exciting way!
Although Sifnos does not have an airport, you can fly to Milos airport and make the crossing to Sifnos by ferry boat or a private boat we will arrange for you.Another option is to fly to Sifnos directly by helicopter we will arrange for you. It will only take 20 minutes from Athens.
Please contact us for any assistance you may need in organising transport.