As the ferry manoeuvres into the deep harbour, fringed with a long sandy beach, backed by steep hills and hilltop monasteries, Sifnos looks promising for walking from the outset:

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  • Two mountain ranges astride a green central valley

  • A developing network of waymarked paths, many using the old stone roads (kalderimia)

  • A cluster of five traditional villages on the central plateau.

  • A range of beaches and coves from accessible and fully serviced, to remote and isolated

  • An industrial heritage of mining and a pottery tradition dating back thousands of years

  • Hilltop monasteries, a Classical acropolis, 76 Mycenaean signalling towers, 2-400 chapels

  • Strong environmental credentials and Natura 2000 protection zones

 

Staying on Sifnos

There’s a full range of places to stay, from simple rooms in the port and in the towns on the central plateau to large sophisticated hotels in the resorts on the eastern coast, notably Platis Gialos and Vathi. There’s a popular and well-reviewed campsite (Makis) at Kamares.

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Getting around Sifnos
  • A comprehensive summer bus service connects Apollonia and the central villages with the port of Kamares, Kastro, Faros, Platis Gialos, Vathi and Cheronissos.

  • Taxis, car and motorbike hire are available too and the roads are well surfaced.

  • The caique Aegeas offers a day boat service, round the island cruises etc.

 

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Getting to Sifnos

Sifnos is well connected:  direct ferry connections from Piraeus, with its neighbours, Serifos, Paros, Milos and Folegandros and across the Cyclades to Mykonos.

  • Seajets make the journey every day in just over two hours.

  • Aegean Speed Lines operate three times a week, taking about three hours.

  • The Dionissios Solomos (Zante Ferries) makes three trips a week from Piraeus (5 hours).

  • The Artemis (Hellenic Seaways) operates weekly between Syros, Milos and Andros, taking in Sifnos en route.

 

 

 

Maps and other information

Topographic maps of Sifnos:

In addition to chapters in the usual guide books here’s a very detailed and appreciative magazine, in 2 or 3 languages (Greek, English, French), You Are Here – Sifnos, has been published annually since 2014 and is available online at www.youarehere.gr

Walking the Islands is a source of walking routes on Greek islands, from short strolls to longer walks and hikes. We describe footpaths, tracks, trails and the old monopatia or kalderimia, the stone roads which formed the islands' transport network for centuries.

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