The beautiful Cycladic island of Sifnos with its traditional architecture and its magnificent beaches is surely a unique place for holidays. In Apollonia, the capital of the island, you will admire the numerous churches and the all-white houses with their amazing architecture. At the same time, you will be bewitched by the beaches, the bays and the capes of Sifnos which are among the best beaches in Cyclades. The villages of Sifnos, full of attractions, always have some special to offer to the visitors of the island and the locals are always smiling and hospitable. Moreover, the food and entertainment make Sifnos an ideal destination for your holidays. The local cuisine is simply wonderful while the entertainment at night is frantic and dancing and partying always last until the next morning. If you too want to spend unforgettable holidays in Sifnos all you have to do is book your ferry tickets now.
The Sifnos Port
You can easily travel by ferry from Piraeus and the surrounding islands to Sifnos. Moreover, you can book your ferry tickets online via aktoploika.gr for a journey more comfortable and carefree. The journey lasts about 5 hours and 30 minutes by ferry while about only 3 hours by speed ferry. The port of Sifnos is at Kamares which is a large touristic area of the island. When you get off the ferry and apart from the unbelievable beauty you will see, you will also find lots of restaurants, cafes, bars and stores.
Connection With Other Islands
Sifnos has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus (Athens), Lavrio, Amorgos, Folegandros, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Koufonisia, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Serifos, Sikinos, Syros.
You can now book ferry tickets online for Sifnos via Aktoploika.gr. If you plan to travel during July and August, it's best if you have booked several days or weeks earlier to avoid hitches. You should also know that round-trip/return ferry tickets come with a considerable discount.
There are several buses departing from the port of Sifnos for the various areas and beaches of the island. There are enough itineraries during the day, especially during summer.
There are always taxis available at the port of Sifnos to take you to your final destination or to some beach of the island. You can also use the radio taxis available on the island.
Renting a vehicle from the rental agencies on the island is an easy way to explore the whole island easily and travel fast at the same time. You should, however, keep in mind that during summer, the island is full of tourists and booking the car or motorbike of your choice online before your arrival on the island would be a good idea, you can check online prices through our site [here]
Even it's a small island, with a small share in departures during summer time, Sifnos has one of the most complete transportation networks, where buses, leaving every hour, serve the island's one and only route "Apollonia – Artemona – Kamares – Platis Gialos – Faros – Vathy – Kastro – Herronisos". The bus station is in Artemona, tickets are available inside the bus as well and their cost isn't more than 1.40 euros. There is also the possibility of renting a bicycle, while, with a little bit of patience, you'll surely find one of the island's donkeys, to rent it to a close destination.
The island of Apollo
Also known as ' Apollo's island', Sifnos, how could not have endless beauties?! Its Chora, Apollonia, with white settlements, fully harmonized with the surrounding buildings and the entire island with great beaches to create a unique image, indelible. Picturesque bays, leeward beaches, coves, chapels, all these together, give a special image of Sifnos. One image that attracts the visitor. And its soil suitable to develop the pottery.
Most settlements are concentrated in the island's central plateau and the oldest is the Castle, typical example of the Venetian architecture. The Castle retains even today its medieval character. Perched on a steep cliff, to the eastern side of the island, remains one of the most beautiful areas of the island and certainly the best place to enjoy the sunset.
A big part of the island has been included in the European network of protected areas, Natura 2000, while the North Sifnos is included in the Important Bird Areas of Greece. Here you will find rare species such as the peregrine falcon and the Hobbies. To enjoy the beauties of the Sifno's landscape, it's worth to walk marching in intact ancient paths.
In Artemonas, you will find neoclassical mansions with flower gardens. From Glifo starts one of the most walked cobblestone paths of Sifnos, that leads to Apokofto Beach and Chrissopigi, with the deep bluegreen water. In the beach of Kamares there is a possibility of renting equipment for wind surfing.
Apollonia, the island's capital, is built amphitheatrically on three hills. Wander around the cobblestone streets and enjoy the harmony of colors. White-washed houses with flower gardens on the rooftops, next to small chapels with ornate steeples!
Fifty five ancient towers scattered throughout the island. Built from the 6th to the 3rd centuries BC, functioned as beacons, were sending smoke and fire signal in the ancient citadels. The best surviving tower of Sifnos is the White Tower, on the road to Platis Gialos.
- A night-walk in Artemonas, the traditional settlement with the picturesque alleys and the preserved buildings. This is where you'll find ceramic utensils and ornaments shops.
- A trip to "Narlis Farm" in Kato Petali village. You'll be guided to the vegetables' biological cultivation, gather some and learn how to use them in local recipes.
- Vroulidia beach on the north is not only one of the island's most famous beaches, but has many secret surprises and it's one of the few Cyclades beaches, that are very easy to reach them.
- You'll have the best walk on the island's west side, at the Natura area with the centenarian trees, the wild flowers, the herbs, the chapels and the ancient remains. You'll definitely need more than a day to see the basic ones.
- Sifnos is the birthplace of the biggest Greek chef Nikos Tselementes, so anything local or new in food is another surprise. You must definitely try "revithada" and "mastelo" and buy some "manoura" a spicy kind of cheese, that is preserved in wine's sediments.
Sifnos has many places to swim, but only some are suitable for families. In some beaches you'll have to sit on rocks, while others are not easy to be accessed by kids. Ask a local for more info, before you go anywhere.
In protected areas, such as the island's west forest, throwing garbage is strictly forbidden, as well as fire starting. The place is guarded and penalties are too heavy.
In many cases you'll have to walk, to find a beach. Make sure to wear sneakers and not sandals or flip-flops.
Useful links: Sifnoshotels.gr