Adventure, history, food and beautiful Greek landscapes make Cycladic Sifnos an island for every mood.
There’s more to humble Sifnos than first meets the eye – or should we say stomach? Known as a foodie’s paradise for decades, traditional Greek food and speciality dishes don’t get better than they do here. Recover from indulgence at one of Sifnos’ many beaches or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at sailing, snorkelling or horseback riding. Climb the rugged hills to ancient Mycenaean sites, visit a monastery with a miraculous legend and see the most picturesque clifftop church in the Aegean. Finish with a wander around medieval walled village Kastro and you’ve found a Greek adventure as varied, exciting, historic and delicious as they get.
High above Apollonia, find historical Kastro, inhabited since prehistoric times. There are discoveries at every turn once you enter through the lozies (stone arcades that were once sealed for protection) and wind your way through cobbled streets and archways, past ancient pillars and the ruins of medieval castle walls. Admire the white block houses, their balconies and shutters popping with bright colour and their courtyards dripping with flowers. The tavernas, coffee shops and rooms here are authentic and the sea views are just magic.
Though Sifnos only has three museums, they’re all worth a visit. Within Kastro, you’ll find a historic blue-shuttered building that houses the Archeological Museum. Pass through the wide arch to explore findings from island excavations including architectural remains and Hellenic sculptures. Elsewhere, in Apollonia’s main Heroon Square, the Folklore Museum teaches the life and times of Sifnos locals, from the Mycenaean ages until now. It’s fascinating with traditional dress, swords and tools used throughout agricultural history. Lastly, ensure you check out the religious museum at the Monastery of Panagia Vrysiani, near Exabela village – it has rare books and impressive Byzantine icons.
Summer in Sifnos sees the return of this gorgeous open-air cinema. At the donation-led Cine Dragatsi in Artemonas, films are shown on a big screen in a picturesque floral courtyard. As the stars sparkle overhead, indulge in cinematic bliss with a cup of local wine in hand and a backdrop of twinkling Sifnos.