Serifos


Serifos ist one of the most beautiful Greek islands. It is particularly popular with hikers. The island with an area of 70 km² and about 1300 people living one would consider a medium sized. There are two bigger settlements on the island; one being the port town Livadi and the other one up in the mountains the local capital Chora.

Livadi

Livadi is a beautiful port town. The beach in town is not particularly impressive but if you walk for only a few minutes you reach the most popular beach Livadhaki which is one of the most beautiful beaches on Serifos. Right next to it is Coralli Camping which is considered one of the best camp sites in the whole of the Cyclades. In Livadi itself you will find a number of midrange accommodations. It's not easy though to find a cheap room in town. The seaport is a popular marina.

Livadi Serifos

The local nightlife is rather impressive with a number of discos, bars and clubs. Most popular with the young crowd is the "Captain Hook". God knows who came up with that name. Beside the more noisy venues you get the usual restaurants and taverns.

Livadi is not exactly a cheap place to stay. Keep it in mind. Amenities include ATM, car and bike rental and taxis. There is no bank in town though.

Chora of Serifos

Serifos - The Chora

The local capital is only 2 kilometres inland from Livadi. Not unusual for the Cyclades it is situated up in the mountains. Back in the old days that was the best protection against marauding pirates and other thugs.

Many consider Chora one of the most beautiful towns in the Cyclades. The almost Classical architecture, the whole setting of the town are most impressive.
 

There are two museums in town with one being a museum of local history and the other one an archaeological museum with focus on ancient Greece and Rome. Admittance is free in both museums.

There are very few rooms to rent in Chora but quite a few tavernas. A cheap place to stay is Stavros. It is a taverna right at the square (where the bus stop is) that also offers places to stay.


The north of Serifos
The north is good for hiking. There are number of small but picturesque villages. Most interesting is probably the Taxiarhon monastery. Currently there is only one monk living there which probably explains why is quite eager to show visitors around. The monastery has a little chapel attached and its well worth visiting. If you follow the marked hiking route from Livadi to Kallistros you can hardly miss it.

The south of Serifos
Magalo Livadi is one of the most beautiful beaches on Serifos. Also popular is Ganema which delights visitors with its fine sand. There are a number of taverns catering for visitors right at the beach. If you fancy a much more quite place you'll love Kontalas. It's a former mine and at this stage more or less a ghost town.

Busses on Serifos
Busses depart from the port towards Chora every hour but only twice a day to the monastery, Kallistos and the south in general. Off season there are even fewer busses. You may want to consider a rental.

Ferry connections Serifos
During summer there are daily ferries to Paros, Sifnos and the other islands in the neighbourhood. During season there are a couple of boats to Athens, Milos and Kithnos. Other islands are a little more difficult to reach. Best of the rest would probably be Santorini.

There is no airport of Serifos.


Accommodation on Serifos
Recommended by our readers were the following three addresses:
Maistrali Hotel Livadi: double room depending on season around 50€   Phone: 22810-51220

Villa Niki Serifos Livadi: 4-stars, double room cost just over 50€. Studios and apartments are starting with 15-20€ but they obviously don't end there  Phone: 22810-51230

Helios Livadakia
: basic but friendly and reasonably priced rooms near the beach Phone: 22810-51066

 

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