Like a collection of giant sugar cubes, the buildings of Villa Padma stand out against the blue skies over the Greek island of Sifnos. Gathered around a central pool and chic outdoor living areas, the three white cubes take traditional whitewashed...
Standing, starkly white against the impossibly blue sky on top of a hill, this luxury villa on the island of Sifnos is the stuff postcards are made of. Step through the arched iron gate and you’ll find that everything inside this very special...
Destination Guide: Sifnos
If you are looking to escape the crowds and find your own little bit of paradise, then Sifnos could be the ideal island for you. With a perfect balance of stunning beaches, low-key nightlife, white Cycladic villages and fewer visitors than the other islands in the Cyclades, Sifnos is not to be missed.
This quiet hilly island has numerous sandy beaches just waiting to be discovered. If it’s quite and secluded you’re looking for then head to Vathi. Previously this beautiful little harbor town was only accessible by boat, but there is now a road to take you up to a parking area just outside of the village, as few cars are allowed in Vathi. With a mile long beach and the coming and goings of small sailboats, this is one of the loveliest and most peaceful areas of Sifnos.
Kamares is a popular beach town with long sandy beaches and rows of beach bars and cafes, which means you can spend the whole day going between the beach and back to the bar for another drink and meze selection. This is also the main ‘port’ of Sifnos but it is not to be confused with the busy, dirty ports typical of other Greek Islands. The ferries are never here long enough to make an impact and the beach is large enough for it not to be a concern.
To embrace a bit of Greek culture, besides eating at the local taverns in the sun on the beach, the traditional hill top village of Apollonia is the heart of Sifnian life. Many of the best walks around Sifnos will begin at Apollonia. Wander through the winding backstreets and stumble across some of the traditional shops, tiny boutiques and amazing cafes. This is where you’ll be amongst the locals, especially in August when many of the Athenians come to participate in the summer celebrations.
And we can’t talk about Sifnos without mentioning the incredible amount of churches. With over 300 historical churches, some small and some large, it’ll be hard to miss them. Many of the churches have ‘panagris’, which are traditional religious festivals typically during the summer months.
The main port is Kamares and the closest airport is Athens, a 2h50m boat ride and a 45m drive away. There is also a heliport on the island.
Best places to eat and drink in Sifnos
Known as the Island of Flavours, Sifnos has been the home to a number of award-winning chefs and boasts some of the best food across the Cyclades. With endless cafes, restaurants and taverns you’re spoiled for choice.
In Apollonia one of the most popular restaurants, for both locals and tourists, is O Drakakis. It’s nestled in between small boutiques and is the kind of place where you will feel like you’ve ben before due to the warm welcome you are bound to receive. Serving traditional Greek food in a traditional setting, it will definitely be a highlight to your trip.
For lunch with a beautiful view, whilst your feet are in the sand then Tsikali in Vathi is ticks all the boxes. Take a beak from the sun under the shade of the trees and enjoy a cold drink and the incredibly fresh cuisine that the beachfront restaurant has to offer.
Absinthe Restaurant is found in Kamares and is the perfect place to catch the sunset with a glass of wine and spend the evening enjoying fine Greek cuisine with a twist of Asian influence.
Best time to visit Sifnos
The most popular time to visit Sifnos is in the summer. With long sunny days and endless beaches, the months throughout the summer are an ideal time to come to Sifnos.
However, visiting Sifnos in both autumn and spring is still a fantastic option. In early spring the flowers are beginning to bloom and there is the large Easter celebration, which occurs in May. And October is referred to as the ‘little summer’ because the weather is still pleasant and the town has begun to return to its normal rhythm
What we love about Sifnos
We love Sifnos’s reputation as having the best food in the Cyclades. With so many specialties to try eating out in Sifnos could be the highlight to your trip.
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