Sikinos is a small Cycladic island that offers relaxed and above all calm holidays to travelers. The island is famous for its beautiful beaches as well as for its festivals and festivities that locals organize in the summer. The island residents are hospitable and gracious and they try to maintain the natural beauty of their land by offering alternative holidays without changing the character of their island. Taste the fresh products, try the local dishes like the stuffed kid and drink warm rakomelo. During your holidays on the island, you can visit the Folk Museum, the Byzantine Museum, the Church of Pantanassa at Castle, the monastery of Episkopi, the monastery of Zoodohou Pigis, the windmills, and walk on the beautiful paths for hiking which end up in ancient settlements, beautiful chapels and secluded beaches. If you too want to spend unforgettable holidays in Sikinos all you have to do is book your ferry tickets now.
The Sikinos Port
You can easily travel by ferry from Piraeus and the surrounding islands to Sikinos. You can also book your ferry tickets online via aktoploika.gr for a journey more comfortable and carefree. The journey from Piraeus to Sikinos lasts about 8 hours by ferry and 4.5 hours by speed ferry. Alopronoia, the port of Sikinos, is about 3.5 kilometers away from Hora and it is a calm settlement with touristic infrastructure, rooms to rent, taverns, cafes, bars and beautiful beaches as well.
Connection With Other Islands
Sikinos has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus (Athens), Anafi, Folegandros, Ios, Kimolos, Milos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Serifos, Sifnos, Syros.
You can now book ferry tickets online for Sikinos 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.
The bus itinerary, with stops at Hora, Alopronoia and Episkopi, is quite regular. Unfortunately there are no taxis on the island or many cars. You may find a motorbike to rent at the gas station of the island if you prefer to use a vehicle for your transportation. However, in Sikinos it is worth trying hiking, if you have not done it before and the beauties of the island will reward you.
As many islands in Cyclades, Sikinos is one, that transportation won't be a problem. With a road network only 9 kilometers long and the only two settlements 3,5 kilometers away one from each other, using the local bus, or renting a bicycle is considered more as a joyful movement, than transportation. For those beaches, that are inaccessible and isolated, there are some small boats you can rent, all of them in Alopronoia small port. You can, finally, hijack one of the very few small trucks, that are moving in the island, and enjoy a lift in its trailer.
Unique place, with time playing nothing but a catalytic role! We arrived in Sikinos! The images, unaffected, authentic, beautiful! The people hospitable, ready to show you every corner of their beautiful island, just as it is! Without magnifying lenses, without many words.
The port, in the village of Alopronia, will welcome you to the island, with a beautiful small sandy beach. The village is the oldest settlement on the island, with many charming alleys and many churches. On the opposite slope of the mountain lies the Castle.
The island is one of the first areas that were considered as 'Habitat of European importance'. The poppies, the narcissus, the rosemary, the sage and its impressive rocky terrain, the terraces, but also the amazing view to the Aegean charm the traveller forever. In Sikinos there are everywhere special species of fig trees, so don't miss the opportunity to taste their fruit!
Small, mountainous and barren, in Sikinos the hiking finds the ideal space that requires. Here there are marked and mapped routes which you have to walk. Only in this way you will understand the seriousness and the value of this island. The largest cave of Sikinos is the one of Black Cave. The access can be only by boat and is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island.
In Sikinos there was an incredible paved path which was connecting the port with the Castle. But unfortunately towards the end of the 1990s, when it was decided to be built the asphalt road which connects the port with the Castle, was hacked onto the paved path with result to be destroyed. Today what has left is only a small part of it, and judging from this point, then the existence of such a pathway to the island would be catalytic.
Diocese of Sikinos
Opposite the ruins of the ancient city of Sikinos, in a very short distance from the steep coasts and at an altitude of 270 metres lies the monastery complex of the Diocese of Sikinos. It consists of the cathedral of the Diocese, which is dedicated to the Virgin, the Byzantine chapel of St. Anne and the dilapidated buildings of cells and other ancillary spaces.
Church of Virgin Pantanassa
The church of Virgin Pantanassa was founded in 1787, is the metropolis of the island and is located in the central square of the castle in Chora. Its iconostasis is carved and gilded.
Zoodochos Pigi Monastery
The monastery of Zoodochos Pigi prevails over the edge of the cliff and offers a panoramic views across the island. The exact date of its foundation is not known, however it existed before 1700 and functioned as a nunnery. In the piratical raids served as shelter to the residents.
- Sikinos is the right place to enjoy another kind of vacation, the "party vacation". Since the first day you'll get to know locals and other visitors and join your energy with their around a table full of "rakomelo" drink and appetizers, on a small beach or in an impromptu night party on an alley.
- On "Manalis Winery" (2 kilometers away from Hora) you'll enjoy rare wine tastes and you'll be guided on the facility. Cyclades' view from there is spectacular.
- "Melitenia" is the best place for sweets. The ice-cream is just unique, available in many flavors, that you won't find anywhere else.
- "Steki of Garbis" is on the island's Castle. You must definitely taste the pork meat and the wine, produced by the tavern's owner.
Sikinos is one of the smallest islands in Aegean Sea and has very few facilities. It will be better to have cash with you, as well as your medicine (in case you receive some medical treatment).
The island has a few rooms for rent, so if this is your vacation place, you'll have to book one as soon as possible.
The island's water-stock is limited, so be careful and manage it wisely.
Happy Holidays in Sikinos!!!