Known for a vibrant foodie scene and traditional pottery, the beautiful little island is only 35 square miles and is home to less than 3,000 residents. This is truly a place to sit back, relax, and unwind. Let’s visit Sifnos!
Visiting Sifnos? Here’s What To Do:
Sifnos has a laid-back vibe, but there’s no shortage of fun things to do or delicious foods to try. Here’s a list of musts when visiting Sifnos.
Visiting Sifnos? Indulge in the Food!
This old-time cafe has been serving locals some of the tastiest dishes on Sifnos since 1887. Found in the heart of the capital city of Apollonia, take a seat on the quaint patio and order a few of the delicious plates from the menu. And don’t miss the octopus salad – incredible!
Feel like a long lost family member at this traditional Greek taverna that’s nestled just above the beach in the old town of Kastro. The menu consists of whichever creatures were pulled from the sea that day, and you’ll get great conversation for free with every Greek beer. Add amazing views of the bay, and this place is a no-brainer.
They say that to live a long and happy life you should always have desert after dinner. If this is true, Gerontopoulos will have the locals smiling into their 100’s! We found this place on our first night in Sifnos and ended up there every night during our stay. While you can’t go wrong with the Baklava, we highly recommend the Portokalopita(Greek Orange Cake). Amazing! *wipes mouth*
Cycladic Gastronomy Festival
Each September, the hilltop village of Artemonas hosts the three-day Nikolaos Tselementes Cycladic Gastronomy Festival. This foodie festival was named for the local chef that wrote the first Greek cookbook and features traditional dishes from each island of the Cyclades. The best part? It’s free to attend AND you get to taste everything!
Visiting Sifnos? Admire the Churches:
With 365 churches on this tiny island, you could literally visit one every day of the year. With ten cute white and blue churches every square mile, where should you start?
Efta Martyres, Church of the Seven Martyrs
This tiny church in the village of Kastro is perched dramatically on the crest of a rocky hill that overlooks the Aegean Sea. There’s no wonder this beautifully mysterious church is the most-photographed location in Sifnos.
Visiting Sifnos? Relax at the Beach:
This small, pebble-covered beach below the village of Kastro is a great place for a relaxing swim or a bit of snorkeling.
Beach bums look out! With nearly a mile of soft golden sand, great restaurants, and shallow waters, this calm and beautiful beach near the fishing village of Vathi is arguably the island’s best.
Visiting Sifnos? Bonus!
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Getting to Sifnos
Getting to Sifnos: FLY
If planned in advance, you can find reasonable direct flights to Athens from most major cities in Europe for under $40. You can also find affordable international flights from Milan for $23, London for $27, Dublin for $39, or Geneva for $46 with our favorite flight search site, Skyscanner. You can also find domestic flights from Athens to the nearby island of Milos for just $21.
Sifnos Flight Deals
Getting to Sifnos: FERRY
The highspeed ferry from Piraeus Port in Athens to Kamares Port in Sifnos takes about 3 hours and costs $60/person. If you’re coming from the neighboring island of Milos, the 40-minute ferry costs $16.
Seaport to City Center
Kamares Port in Sifnos is just over three miles from the island’s capital city(village?) of Apollonia. How will you get there?
Upon arrival at Kamares Port, find the bus schedule posted at the nearby tourist office. Bus departures from the port generally coincide with the ferry schedule, so you shouldn’t have to wait long for a ride. The island bus can deliver you to any village on the island within 20 minutes and costs just $2 and $3.
With only 10 taxis for the whole island, it’s advised to call and reserve. Expect to pay around $20 for a ride to most of the island’s villages. Protip: Some hotels offer free shuttles and they will at least schedule transfers for you.
Getting around in Sifnos
Rent a Quad
Perhaps the best way to get around (anywhere in the world!) is by quad. Rent from the port town of Kamares or in Apollonia. You can cover the entire island in under 2 hours but be warned: The only gas stations on the island are near Apollonia!
One of four local buses will take you from village to village or to the beaches. If planning on visiting Sifnos during the off-season, bus schedules are bit more infrequent. Bus timetables.
UBER is not currently available on the island but you can find the bustling fleet of ten taxis(numbered #1-#10) stationed in most larger villages.
Walkscore.com gives the island an overall score of 4, calling it car dependent. However, we found it enjoyable walking from village to village, day and night.
Where To Stay in Sifnos:
Where To Stay in Sifnos: HOTELS
With prices ranging from $35-$300/night, from budget to luxury, you’re sure to find the right hotel in Rome. We’ve found some great hotel deals using Priceline’s sister site, Agoda.com.
Sifnos Hotel Deals
Where To Stay in Sifnos: AIRBNB
We love using Airbnb. From private rooms to entire homes, Airbnb is represented in most villages of Sifnos. The average Airbnb price in Rome is only $88/night. If you’re a first timer to Airbnb use our coupon for $35 off your first night’s stay.
Where To Stay in Sifnos: NEIGHBORHOODS
Choosing a neighborhood is an important part of trip planning that should not be overlooked! Sifnos is a small island of 12 villages, each with unique personalities. While our general recommendation is to stay closer to city centers, here are some of the best areas worth considering in Sifnos.
This bustling capital village sits perched on a hill overlooking the Island. Amazing views, traditional restaurants, high-end boutiques, and cute churches. This is the place for a little low-key late night fun.
Said to be inhabited since the Prehistoric Period, this picturesque seaside village is home to the beautiful Church of the Seven Martyrs and the delicious Captian Sifakis.
About six miles southwest of the capital, this quiet fishing village is home to the picturesque Vathi Beach. Stay in Vathi and relax by the sea, all day long.
Sifnos Travel Tips:
Sifnos Travel Tips: Tipping
It is common to tip for good service in Greece. Leave 5%-10% for your waiter, $1 per day at hotels, and round up for taxi drivers.
Sifnos travel tips: Money
Greece’s national currency is the Euro, and is currently exchanging at .95Euro to $1USD. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATM machines are readily available.
Sifnos travel tips: Insurance
Traveling to Sifnos is exciting and safe, but you never know when some good travel insurance could come in handy. World Nomads offers the best coverage in the business, is affordable, and is quick to act should something go wrong. For more info, check out our recent World Nomads blog post.