5 top things to do in Sifnos

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.

Activities in the Greek islands: where to practice certain sports

The Greek islands are mostly famous for beach holidays during summer time. Most visitors choose to come to Greece to relax and soak the hot sun by the sea. However, over the last years the country offers many chances for active holidays. Activities in the Greek islands are various and each destination is specialized in certain sports.

# Hiking

Greece is a fantastic place for hiking. In fact, this is a sport that can be practiced 10 out of 12 months and can give a boost to the development of year round tourism in Greece. Local authorities and volunteers are cleaning and signposting hiking trails in the islands and the mainland. These trails were in use until few decades ago, when cars and buses were scarcely introduced in the Greek countryside. The best months for hiking in Greece are from March to June and from September to November. Due to the hot weather, July and August are generally not suggested for hiking.

Hiking is one of the most popular activities in the Greek islands. An island with great hiking trails is Kefalonia. The trails are signposted and cross many green forests with breathtaking view to the sea. Crete, Rhodes, Corfu and Karpathos also have an organized network of hiking paths. Recently the paths of Sifnos were cleaned and signed. For detailed hiking paths in the Greek islands, advice FoxyIslandWalks.com

# Windsurfing

Windsurfing is a popular activity in the Greek islands. There are numerous islands for windsurfing due to the strong winds that blow over the Greek seas in summer. The Cyclades islands of Paros and Naxos are two popular windsurfing destinations in Greece, especially Golden Beach in Paros and Mikri Vigla Beach in Naxos. Along these beaches, there are windsurfing centers that rent equipment and provide courses. Rhodes and Kos are also two popular islands for windsurfing, while a developing windsurfing destination is Karpathos, especially the beach of Afiartis.

# Diving

Among the most popular activities in the Greek islands is scuba diving. The Greek seas are fantastic places for divers of all levels. The safe waters and the numerous shipwrecks from all historical periods create magnificent regions for diving. Visitors can find diving centers that offer courses and organize diving trips in many Greek islands. Especially popular for diving are the islands of Paros, Naxos, Leros, Corfu, Kefalonia and others. Interesting info of the day: Amorgos island is the place where scenes from the famous movie “The Big Blue” were shot.

# Rock climbing

The most popular Greek island for rock climbing is Kalymnos. The top quality solid limestone rocks of Kalymnos have given the ground for more than 2,500 climbing routes, mostly concentrated above the villages of Myrties, Massouri and Armeos, in the central and northern parts of the island. Many climbers head to Kalymnos every summer, climbing clubs offer courses and even a rock climbing festival takes place there every October. Very popular for climbing is also the neighboring island of Telendos.

Top things to do in Paros

As this is an island with lots of tourists and interesting character, there are many things to do in Paros. Located in the centre of the Cyclades, in the Aegean Sea, Paros has a fantastic nature and organized tourist facilities. If you have or plan to rent a private means of transport, then you’d better stay in a beach hotel in Paros. If you plan to rely on public transport, then you are suggested to book a Paros hotel in main tourist places, such as Parikia, Naoussa or Alyki. In any case, here are the top things to do in Paros.

# Swim in fantastic beaches

The beaches in Paros island distinguish for their natural beauty. Whether you are looking for organized or secluded, sandy or pebbled beaches, you will find many options in Paros. The best Paros beaches are found on the south eastern side of the island, including Golden Beach, New Golden Beach, Logaras and Drios. Two nice beaches are also found close to the town of Naoussa, on the northern side of the island: the beaches of Kolymbithres and Santa Maria. One of the most relaxing things to do in Paros is lay on the beach all day long. Apart from swimming, visitors can also try watersports or have their lunch at delicious taverns by the sea.

# Walk through picturesque villages

The traditional style of villages in Paros make them a great place to walk around, through paved streets, flowered yards and white houses. Naoussa and Parikia are the largest and most tourist villages in Paros, both having an old Medieval part in their premises. This old quarter (called Kastro) is actually the original village constructed in the Medieval times and around which the modern village was built with the passing of centuries. Another lovely village to visit in Paros is Lefkes, the first capital of the island. Nice seaside places are Alyki, Drios and Piso Livadi.

# Try windsurfing and kite

The strong summer winds (called meltemia winds) that blow over the Cyclades islands make Paros one of the best windsurfing and kitesurfing spots in Greece. Especially Golden Beach and New Golden Beach on the south eastern side of the island as well as the bay of Pounda on the western side are the top windsurfing and kite places in Paros. Windsurfing competitions are taking place in July and August, attracting athletes from many countries. If you are interested to try these two sports, there are many windsurfing centres in Paros that offer courses for all levels and rent the necessary equipment.

# Visit the close island of Antiparos

Among the best things to do in Paros is take the boat from Parikia or Pounda and visit the neighboring island of Antiparos. This is a small island with only one village and nice sandy beaches. Some beaches are found in a walking distance from the village and others need a bus to go there. On the south of the island is the impressive cave of Antiparos, with stalactites and stalagmites.

Top 5 beaches in Lefkada

Geographically found on the western side of Greece, in the Ionian Sea, Lefkada island is one of the most beautiful Greek destinations. Lefkada is mostly famous for the fantastic beaches, especially on its western side. The exotic water and the various shades of blue charm visitors at first sight. Here are the top 5 beaches in Lefkada that you should not miss during your holidays.

# Porto Katsiki

Top beaches in Lefkada: Porto Katsiki beach

This is the most famous and impressive beach in Lefkada. Porto Katsiki is located on the southernmost spot on the western side of Lefkada. It can be accessed by car or by excursion boat from the port of Nidri. The name of this beach means the port of the goat and is probably the most photographed spot on the island. This is actually a nice bay with white pebbles, crystal water and an impressive cliff surrounding it. Above the beach are a couple of beach bars with impressive view to the Ionian Sea.

# Egremni

Top beaches in Lefkada: Egremni beach

The name of this beach means abrupt cliffs in Greek. This is indeed one of the most abrupt beaches in Lefkada, fairly difficult to access by foot as visitors have to get down a narrow and long staircase to get to the beach. There are also excursion boats to Egremni from the port of Nidri. The long size of Egremni allows both organized and private places to swim. The organized part has umbrellas, sun beds and a beach bar.

# Kathisma

Best beaches in Lefkada: Kathisma beach

Kathisma is actually the easiest beach to get from the three most famous beaches in Lefkada (Porto Katsiki- Egremni- Kathisma). This is a long beach with crystal water and largely organized with sunbed, umbrellas, beach bars and water sports. There is even a paragliding club in Kathisma beach, Lefkada. Some nice Lefkada studios and beach hotels are found above Kathisma.

# Agios Ioannis

Agios Ioannis beach in Lefkada, Greece

Located in close distance to Lefkada Town, Agios Ioannis is the most popular kitesurfing spot on the island. The wind is perfect for kite and windsurfing in Agios Ioannis, especially from the midday until late in the afternoon. There are many kitesurfing centres along the beach as well as restaurants, cafeterias and studios. At the end of Agios Ioannis beach are few ruined windmills.

# Mylos

Mylos beach in Lefkada, Ionian islands

Mylos is probably the hidden gem of Lefkada island, Greece. This is one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in Lefkada. It is accessible with excursion boat from the close village of Agios Nikitas or through a hiking path (20-30 min) again from Agios Nikitas. This is a totally unorganized beach with no facilities at all. Due to its secluded location, this is a naturist beach.

Best beaches in Kefalonia

The largest island in the Ionian Sea, Kefalonia is famous around the world for its large beaches with the exotic waters. In fact, Kefalonia beaches are among the most photographed spots of Greece. Sandy or pebbled, organized or secluded, the beaches in Kefalonia offer precious moments of relaxation during your holidays. Actually you’d better stay in a Kefalonia hotel by the sea, so that you reach the water any time of the day… or the night!

Myrtos

Best beaches in Kefalonia: Myrtos Beach

No doubt Myrtos is the most famous beach of Kefalonia. This large bay with the exotic deep blue water is surrounded by a high cliff. Located on the northern side of the island, about 10 min drive from the picturesque village of Assos, Myrtos can be reached driving down a steep hill. The coast has white pebbles, the water deepens quickly and at one side of the beach is a small cave. Only one part of Myrtos beach in Kefalonia is organized with sun beds, umbrellas and a small beach bar.

Antisamos

Best beaches in Kefalonia: Antisamos beach

Antisamos beach is found on the eastern side of Kefalonia island, only 10 min drive from the port town of Sami. This is a large, white-pebbled beach surrounded by a green cliff, which is why the waters have this nice blue-green colour. Antisamos became world famous when scenes of the Hollywood movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin were filmed there (2001). Part of the beach is organized with sun lounges and umbrellas, while there is also a beach bar and a water sports centre with fun games.

Skala

Best beaches in Kefalonia: Skala beach

The 3km beach of Skala is among the most impressive beaches in Kefalonia. Due to its large size, the beach has sandy and rocky parts, organized or remote. This beach is found in a walking distance from the tourist, seaside village of Skala with the many shops, restaurants and hotels. In fact, this place is among the best holiday resorts for families in Kefalonia island, Greece. Very impressive is also the crystal, exotic water of Skala beach.

Lourdas

Kefalonia best beaches: Lourdas beach

Less tourist than Skala, but with nice beach hotels and restaurants, Lourdas beach extends for about 2 km. This is a sandy beach with fantastic crystal waters. Part of the beach is organized with sun lounges and umbrellas, while there are also some beach bars and cafeterias. This is a great place to stay for families with kids and people who want to be very close to the beach.

Xi beach

Kefalonia best beaches: Xi beach

Located at the peninsula of Paliki, close to Lixouri town, Xi is a very special beach. The red sand of the beach is said to have healing powers, which is why many people come to Xi for mud therapy. You will actually see many visitors getting covered with mud at the coast of Xi. This bay is fully organized with sun beds, umbrellas, water sports, restaurants and cafeterias, while few hotels are found in a walking distance from the beach.