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The most beautiful experience
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From the trips I have made in Greece, Sifnos gave me the most beautiful experience. I stayed in Apollonia, the capital where all the taverns, bars and coffee houses are. Anyone who has not yet visited the island, has no excuse because it is only 5 hours from Athens and it has it all, beautiful beaches, great nightlife, food for all tastes, villages for short excursions, interesting routes and historical settlements with a splendid atmosphere.

Once you are in Sifnos, it is a pity not to explore at least the places close to you. Imagine that only a short breath away from the center is the gorgeous Kastro, the medieval settlement of Sifnos with the castle and the beautiful houses that surround it from the top to the bottom of the hill. A stroll around the romantic streets of Kastro is surely unpredictable, as you go there are some amazing bars sitting right at the edge of the cliff with a fantastic view to the sea.

One of the most picturesque places to visit is Chrysopigi, first of all you will love the crystalline and calm waters of the beach, a couple of taverns there make the area even more interesting, I ate the best fried pumpkin balls there and then you should not miss a visit at the monastery. There are many hotels in Sifnos but I prefer the rental rooms which are much cheaper and you will find some in great locations.



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Memorable experience
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My holidays in Sifnos have been a quite memorable experience. Not only for the natural beauty of this Cycladic island, but also for the warm hospitality and the quality of people. We stayed in one of the best rental apartments in Apollonia, the capital of Sifnos, quite strange for our last minute booking.

We didn't get to see much on the first day but the following days we really had the greatest time. In six days, we managed to see the biggest part of Sifnos, its lovely villages like Artemonas, Platis Gialos with the fantastic beach, Katavati which is located in the highest point of the island and Faros.

Still, I haven't mentioned the best settlements in Sifnos. Hrysopigi is one of the most graphic villages with the well-known church standing at the top of a rock and surrounded by the crystal clear waters. This church is worth visiting, built in 1650. The beach is located there and the best traditional tavern to find around the island.

Herronissos is another village that we visited, probably the only one that takes a 40-minute drive to reach. Still, it was an interesting route with great views to the sea. This small village receives many people mostly for its pristine beach with the green waters. Though the beach has a limited space, it is worth finding at least a spot to place your things and dive.

Sifnos is popular for its countless churches, so don't miss the church of Agios Panteleimonas located near the beach. I saved the best for last which is Kastro, a village built on top of the remains of the ancient town of the island. As soon as you enter Kastro, you are dazzled by its beautiful architecture and its medieval atmosphere. The church of Virgin Eleoussa is built upon a huge rock in the heart of the sea. You need to climb down many steps in order to take a closer look. Kastro will definitely be a place to return to some day.



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Charming in a special way
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We stayed in a pretty pension on the outskirts of Kamares, run by an elderly woman who was hospitality personified. The room was average, but we didn't actually care because all day we were out. Every morning, we used to have a lavish breakfast of fresh orange juice, toast, eggs and coffee in a lovely place, a short walk from the pension.

Kamares Beach is just beyond the port and it is the one you get to see when you arrive at the port. But we didn't want to swim next to ferries, so we took the bus and went to some wonderful beaches on the southern side of Sifnos. Bus itineraries are good and frequente, depending on the daytime they can be a bit late. For example, midday buses are usually 10-15 minutes late but morning buses are on time.

Chrissopigi and Platis Gialos are two wonderful beaches with very clean water. Platis Gialos is a bit more organized than other beaches and has some lovely taverns along the shore. Hersonissos is also a nice beach but gets busy all day long (but this is not bad for all people!).

Food in Sifnos is great and fresh, after all I heard that the greatest chef in Greece originated from Sifnos. Also there is a Cooking Festival every September there but sadly we left a week before the festival.

There are not impressive sights in Sifnos but you will enjoy the beaches and love the villages. Kastro is the loveliest village but Artemon and Apollonia is also very picturesque to walk. Kastro has some amazing cafeterias, you will find them on your way in the paths and will surely love the view!



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Please keep it a secret
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We first stopped in Sifnos in 1994. Since then we have returned every 2 years and have made life long friends. We have seen many changes in the life of the people and the countryside is now being developed as the fast ferries bring more tourists from Athens, but it is still a special place with great beaches. Maria, Angelo and sample her coconut cake with ouzo!! Still an quiet seaside little resort with a hourly bus service, great for children, nice tavernas and a little shop for self catering.



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First tourists for this summer
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It was the second time we visited Sifnos and this time we enjoyed it more than the first time! The first time we stayed only for two days and didn't see much. The second time we rented a car and explored the island from top to bottom. With a car you can see more than taking the bus plus it's safer than a 4wheeler or motorbike.

We loved that there was plenty to do but almost no tourists. Chrissopigi and Kamares were great for swimming and both so picturesque. In most cases, we were the only people swimming. Apparently it is too soon for the Greeks and for most locals but we live in the North so Greek spring was like summer for us. The inland of Sifnoswas also very rural that time of year. People were taking care of their sheep, farmers were cultivating land, hildren were playing at the square after school, so many nice pictures that you don't frequently see nowadays.

For eating, I adored the small taverns right on the sea at Kamares. Kastro and Heronissos had splendid architecture. The food was delicious but not many taverns were open in early April. About half of them had opened. A lot of hotels were also closed. Hotel owners prefered to open from May and onwards to make sure they have enough bookings. No beach bars were open either and only a few cafeterias, but actually we didn't mind. People greeted us like the first tourists for 2010 and we felt a secret pride for this. This was out first visit to Greece for this year, we are coming back again in September for the tour of Crete. See you then!



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Terrific combination of sea and sun
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A terrific combination of the sun and the sea. Sifnos is a traditional island close to Athens. It didn't took us more than 4 hours to get there and another 30 minutes to get from the port to Kamares by taxi. We had booked a lovely 2-bedroom villa with 3 small balconies, a green garden and a terrific view to the sea. The beach was less than 300 metres away and we usually spent all day ay the sea.

The taverns were delicious, the owners amazing (they even offered to take us with them to Kastro one day when we missed the bus!!). We had heard about the hospitality of the Greeks and had experienced it ourselves in our previous trips to Greece, but people on Sifnos were out of the expected!!! Probably because the island is not very developed and people don't get so stressed in summer, so their attitude is warmer.

Villages in Sifnos look like each other in architecture. Should I had to say my favourite, I would choose Kastro. Kamares and Platis Gialos are nice beaches. Rent a motorbike for two days and you will see all the island.



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Organize boat trips
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What I liked about Sifnos, apart from the beaches, were the terrific surrounding views. We had a fantastic time in Kamares and our balcony had view to the superb blue Aegean. The huge hills at the background and the gorgeous beach with the open-air cafeterias and taverns were simply fabulous.

Each day, we used to wake up to a lovely sunrise and in the evenings we walked down to the beaches to enjoy the endearing sunset. Sometimes we took a night swim under the moonlight. So romantic! It reminded us of our honeymoon (sadly, we hadn’t discovered Greece back then!!). The villages in Sifnoshave traditional Cycladic houses. The waterfront shops have the most beautiful ceramic and pottery items. I bought a few of them and I do really love the artwork on these items as it is simply marvelous.

We rented a motorbike for a couple of days and explored the island ourselves. We discovered nice coves and very few people were swimming as early as May, so we were pretty much ourselves. Platis Yalos and Chrissopigi were the most popular beaches and had very soft sand. My only recommendation is to have boat tours to close islands. For example, it would be great to organize daily boat tips to Serifos or Milos or Antiparos, the three closest Cycladic islands. These boats would leave early in the morning and come back in the evening. It would be much more convenient for tourists than to take the regular ferry.



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More original than other islands
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Sifnos is nice and quiet but above all I found the island more "original" than some of the islands we have visted in the Cyclades. I found many friendly and helpful people and great beaches. Chrissopigi and Kamares had nice and clean beaches. Hotels were conveniently constructed close to the beach, so we didn't have to walk for miles to find under the hot sun to find our place. The food was great in Sifnos but in some of the villages, there is a very limited number of places. Also I would like some traditional recipes of the island. I read in a brochure that a famous Greek chef was from Sifnosand that the island has a rich cooking tradition, but surprisingly you found the same recipes as in all other islands in the menus. Some variety would be nice. Also more buses are needed. Buses seem to be packed from their departure, so there is no room to take passengers on the way.



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Beautiful houses and nature
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Apollonia alleys may remind you a little bit of Mykonos but Sifnos is different, cool and civilized. A bouquet of absolutely white houses in thin, rocky area. My husband and I could not stop saunting though the medieval town Kastro, the vaulting adits, staring the ancient columns and the reliquaries which are part of Sifnosancient history. Charmed by the most beautiful mansions surrounded by flowers and pine trees, bleaching tabernacles and erected windmills. The island is also famous for its pottery and the interspersed ancient watchtowers. Boulati beach is extraordinary for swimming, while in Marina and Kamara you can rent equipment for windsurfing if you like.
Try the local honey pie and of course marzipans with lemon or orange and make sure to buy enough to bring them back home since it is a fact that you will eat them all on your way back to Piraeus! Make sure to book your hotel in advance, there are not enough hotels or rooms and during high summer season they are full.



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True cycladic beauty
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When we went to Sifnos, we were a bit skeptical whether we would enjoy the place or not. It was actually a last-minute choice. But the moment we arrived on this island, we knew that we would have a good vacation here. Our trip to Sifnosoccurred in July, last year. I still remember that I was overjoyed to see the glorious beauty of the landscape. The charming villages, the gorgeous beaches, the winding cobbled alleys and the numerous flowers on the sidewalks rendered a picturesque atmosphere. Even our hotel room was elegantly decorated with exquisite ceramic items. Kastro was our favourite village, really picturesque and quiet. I hate it when people are going loud and make noise in the middle of the street, like in other Greek islands, but this didn't happen with Sifnos. There are no interesting ancient sites on Sifnos but there are beautiful villages and beaches. Some beaches need better protection but most are truly relaxing.



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