Serifos

The distinct Cycladic flair of Serifos and its rich history and rugged mining sites make this island a must-see on your charter. The island exudes a calm atmosphere and speaks directly to the senses. Despite its arid and wild land characteristics, Serifos is gracefully embraced by the deep blue colors of the Aegean Sea.

Serifos, Greece
Serifos. Photo by Norbert Krauße-Rosenberger on Pixabay.

Places to see:

  • Chora, the main town. Since it is perched on a hill, you are guaranteed a great view of the countryside and the Aegean Sea.
  • Church of Agios Konstantinos.
  • Folklore Museum
  • Archaeological Museum. Here you’ll find articles that the people of Serifos once used daily. The museum also contains textiles, ceramics, porcelains, utensils and tools, local traditional clothes, and other objects. In addition, there is a reconstruction of a traditional Serifian house.
  • Piazza Square. In the capital town of Chora overlooking the harbor. Perhaps enjoy a drink at one of the cozy tavernas’ tables in the square.
  • Moni Taxiarchon Monastery. An exquisite walled monastery with a long history and a fantastic view.
  • Chrisopigi Monastery. A stunning monastery is sitting alone on the headland. Be sure to photograph the beautiful architecture.

Things to do:

  • Relax on a beach. Serifos has many choices: Livadi, Livadakia, Megalo Livadi, Psili Ammos, Agios Sostis, Koutalas, Ganema Beach, Lia Beach, Sikamia Beach, Vagia Beach, and Platys. Each offers something unique.
  • Swim. Since there are so many tranquil beaches, you’re sure to find calm waters for a refreshing dip or swim.
  • Walk. The island is full of small paths leading to many little bays. Get a map of the paths from the stores of Serifos and explore.

Climate

Like other Cyclades Islands, Sifnos has a Mediterranean climate, with mild, moderately rainy winters and warm, sunny summers. The wind blows frequently: in winter, a cold wind from the continent can blow, while summers are characterized by the Meltemi, a wind that tempers the heat while keeping the sea temperature cool. However, this can also make the sea rough and create marine currents.

Gastronomy

Revithada (slow-baked chickpea stew) is a traditional Sunday dish that bakes from Saturday night till the next day after Sunday church service. The long cooking time results in a delicious meal. Local cheeses include gylomeni manoura (buttery sheep and goat milk cheese), xynomyzithra (a mild, soft table cheese), chloromanoura (fresh-tasting, mild cheese).

Pastry lovers will delight in amazing scones, anise cookies, and cakes. Other sweets include honeyed, fragrant, soft nougat (without added sugar), almond macaroons, patties stuffed with nuts, and Turkish delight.

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