Amazing architecture, small quiet villages, countless white and blue churches which dominate the skyline, rich gastronomic tradition which is translated into tasty local dishes in picturesque taverns, traditional crafts which are still alive, a lively Chora, Apollonia, with nice bars and restaurants in small streets full of bougainvilleas and the iconic bare Cycladic hills descending to beautiful beaches. A miniature of the archetypal Cycladic dream, Sifnos summarizes some of the best experiences the greek summer has to offer. Ideal for quiet holidays in a beautiful setting, it will be particularly enjoyed by families, romantics and lovers of culture and tradition. Beautiful villas, built in traditional or more modern style, provide a sophisticated hangout to enjoy the island in its best. From the picturesque Chrysopigi, the most photographed beach, the rocks of which, at the shade of the monastery, are preferred by the dedicated fans of the island, to the long sandy Platis Gialos beach, a lively resort, Sifnos has some beautiful beaches with a special character.
Apollonia, built on three hills, is both picturesque and cosmopolitan, ideal for cultural walks (visit the Folk Museum to learn more about the rich local heritage), dinner in one of the restaurants (Cayenne has a unique scenery in a fantastic courtyard inside the village and mediterranean dishes) and bar hopping in the main street (“Steno”), which has a bar for every taste and age (just have a stroll and you’ ll find your favorite).
The best place for an afternoon stroll is Castro, the old capital, a “living museum” which retains its medieval fortifications and is full of unique old churches. For the best sunset take a seat at Follie at Kamares (the island’s port), a beautiful bar next to the sea.
To taste the traditional cuisine of Sifnos, which is the homeland of famous chef Nikos Tselemendes, try revithada – cheekpeas that braise in a clay pot (the skepastaria) or mastello (lamb cooked in a clay pot with red wine and dill baked in a wood oven), revithokeftedes (the local falafel). One of the best places to try the traditional dishes such as kaparosalata and greek salad with mizithra (local soft cheese) is To Tsikali in Vathi.