Sifnos


Sifnos is one of the bigger islands within the Western Cyclades island group. It has an area of 75 km≤. Around 2000 people live on the island. Tourism is a lot more important here than on the neighboring islands. Also Sifnos is a lot greener than most of the other islands meaning it has a lot of water. Agricultur may not be big on Sifnos but the locals grow some wine and olives. There are ten villages on the island.


Back in antiquity Sifnos was one of the richest islands in all Greece. It had rich silver and gold mines. These are long exhausted. Today the island is famous for its pottery and basketry. As you can imagine one does not earn riches by following these trades so they were looking for an alternative. Tourism was just what they were looking for.


Apollonia (Chora)



Almost half the islands population lives in the local capital Apollonia. With its narrow cobbled streets and white houses itís a good looking and rather typical village. Beside that the small town comes across as modern. There are plenty of new houses and all the conveniences we tourists can ask for.

Apollonia is up in the hills about 5 km away from the port. There isn't all that much to see. They have a tiny little museum but thatís about it. Rooms here are a lot cheaper than in for example Kamares (the port).

Kamares


Kamares is a lively port town. Only about 200 people live here but the place is very popular with tourists. There is local beach and it is just convenient when you arrive by ferry. Since space is limited everything is rather compact.

There are a number of hotels and rooms to rent. Prices vary so it is recommended to shop around. In high season the rooms fill up quickly though. As a result prices go up. Expect to pay around 50 Euro. The local tourist information for a change deserves the name. They are helpful and knowledgeable.

Kastro

Kastro is considered the most beautiful and also the most romantic village on the island. It is situated on the east coast and on a steep slope about 100 meters above sea level. Cute white houses, narrow alleys, you name it. They also have a small museum if you are into that kind of stuff. The have some sculptures and pottery on display. At least admission is free.


Directly at the sea there are number of other villages. Platys Gialos for example is a typical tourist village packed with souvenir shops, restaurants and hotels. At least there are plenty of rooms to rent making it a bit easier to get one. Another popular name is Vathi. It has a nice beach and a number of good restaurants and private rooms to rent. Faros is a small fishing village. The three local beaches are kind of brownish which most people probably wouldn't fancy.



Sifnos Getting there

There is no airport of Sifnos.

Ferries Sifnos: There are daily ferries to Athens, Serifos, Milos and Kithnos. Not as often but still frequent are boats to Folegandros, Sikinos, Paros, Syros and Santorini.

Bus Sifnos: There is a surprising amount of busses on the island and they are cheap. Getting around is no problem then. There is at least one bus per hour between Chora and the port. The villages are easy to reach as well.

 

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