welcome to the island of Sifnos – GREECE
The next pearl in the crown of the Greek islands we would like to present is Sifnos. Part of the Cyclades complex and close to Serifos and Milos, this picturesque island is also famous by its other name – Kamares. Sifnos is one of those “off-the-beaten track” places, where you can relish tranquility and calmness and avoid the crowds of tourists. You can reach it easily by the most common means of transport in the Greek archipelago – the ferry. At about 130 km from Athens, and with a territory of 74 km, Sifnos island has a relatively middle density of population – 2000 people. Every of the bigger Cyclades has some mineral or ore deposits – Sifnos is one of the “lucky” ones with silver and gold deposits and respectively mines. The existence of these precious metals was known since ancient times and Sifnos owes its wealth and economic stability mainly to that fact. However at certain time in the past the extraction came to an end, for yet undiscovered reason. In the last 2 hundred years the main output and way of living is culture and all types of recreation holiday activities.
Like most of the Greek islands, Sifnos suffered a Venetian invasion and dominance followed by Ottoman one. It was annexed to Greece and became part of the new republic in 1832. Sifnos offers a variety of things and locals proudly claim that even the most demanding visitors will find whatever the wish at the island. The scenery is described best by one simple word: “fantastic”. The perimeter of the island is about 70 km, and the bigger part of these kilometers are beaches, so you can choose from a busy and vivid ones to secluded places where you can feel as if you’re alone in the island. If you are a naturist, you’ll also find your lot at Sifnos. The small villages like Apollonia, Kamares and Artemonias with their narrow coble streets and cozy taverns will make you feel welcome and relaxed. The Medieval settlement Kastro invites you to feel that traditional Greek spirit – with the fragrance of the fig trees and the beauty of the typical white-washed houses. There is the old monastery called St. Chrysopigi.