Sikinos is a tiny and rocky island with few permanent inhabitants. Although it is geographically located next to the popular island of Ios, Sikinos offers peaceful and quiet holidays. The most important site in Sikinos is the Ancient Site of Episkopi, that was originally a Roman mausoleum and was later turned into a Byzantine monastery. Another interesting place to visit in Sikinos is the Folklore Museum, housed in an old olive press. In Sikinos, spend your days at the relaxing and secluded beaches on the island, while in the evenings head to Chora, a picturesque village with Cycladic style and a couple of nice taverns.
You can see below the best Sites in Sikinos: Museums, Churches, and more. You can filter them by category and location.
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The historical site of Episkopi actually consists of an old, Byzantine monastery built over a Roman mausoleum. The church hosts nice frescoes. Episkopi is located 4 km south west of Chora.
Located in Chorio, the Folklore Museum of Sikinos features exhibits, artifacts and material that shed light on the island's past. Located in an olive oil press that belongs to Margetis family, the Museum is in fact the family home of an American expatriate who served the US Navy for a major part of his life. The Greek-born man has extensive knowledge regarding the process of making olive oil and even the history of the island as well. The Museum open its doors to the audience from July until August.
The Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi is situated on a hill above Chora. Its location gives an impressive view of the sea and the sunset. The monastery is surrounded by walls because this is where the residents used to hide in case of attacks.
Located in the central square of Chora, the Byzantine Collection features exhibits of the island's most important icons. These icons mainly consist of post-Byzantine icons of the Cretan school, as well as pictures from the Byzantine and Post Byzantine season of Sikinos. These icons are only put on display during the summer months and are moved to the church of Panagia Pantanassa during the winter.