One of the most typical islands of Cyclades is Sifnos. Located on the western side of the group, this small island has evident traditional architecture: small white houses, blue-domed chapels and fantastic beach water. This is a favorite holiday haven for families with kids and visitors who enjoy quiet places. Although it has no famous historical monuments, there are many things to see and do there. Here are our 5 top things to do in Sifnos island, Greece.
#1 Swim in Platis Gialos beach
Platis Gialos is among the largest bays in Cyclades. Found on the southern side of the island, this is a sandy beach with crystal waters. Part of the beach is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas. There are many seaside taverns along Platis Gialos, as well as many hotels and studios in a walking distance from the sea. Close to Platis Gialos are two other popular beaches of Sifnos: Vathy and Faros.
#2 Walk around the picturesque village of Kastro
Kastro is the most beautiful village of Sifnos. This is a Medieval settlement that was once the capital of the island. Walk around the narrow paths, see the nice churches and enjoy the breathtaking view to the Aegean Sea. At the entrance of Kastro is the famous church of Seven Martyrs, a small white chapel with blue dome that is the most photographed spot of the island. In the evenings, visitors can enjoy a lounge drink at the few bars of the village.
#3 Pay a visit to Chrissopighi Monastery
A visit to the Monastery of Chrissopighi, on the southern side of the island, is among the top things to do in Sifnos. This all-white monastery is built on top of a rocky promontory in the sea. This promontory is actually cut in two parts and the local tradition says that this was due to a miracle in the Medieval times. The Monastery of Chrissopighi was established in the 16th century and celebrates the first Friday after Greek Easter, attracting many pilgrims from close islands.
#4 Taste seafood
Tasting local dishes, and especially seafood, is something we could not miss from the top things to do in Sifnos. All around the island, you will find nice taverns with traditional dishes, made from fresh local products. For best views, try a tavern by the sea. You will find plenty of such seaside taverns at the beaches of Kamares, Platis Gialos, Vathy, Faros, Apokofto and more.
#5 Have a night drink in Apollonia
The most popular nightlife spot in Sifnos island is Apollonia, the capital of the island. This is where people head after sunset for a lounge drink in the bars that are spread in the narrow streets and the small squares of the village. Some cafe bars stay open until midnight, while others do not close before 2-3 o’clock in the morning.