Σχετική εικόναSifnos is one of the main West Cyclades islands Σχετική εικόνα
(Kythnos, Serifos, Milos) with low-impact tourism, beautiful beaches, nightlife,white Cycladic villages and probably the best food you will find in the Greek islands. According to "National Geographic" magazine Sifnos is listed among the Top TEN islands under the Sun as one of the ten most charming and exotic islands in the world! The top ten list of island, included destinations such as Bahamas, Seycheles, the Netherlands Antilles and French Polynesia. 
Sifnos is a place everyone has to visit at least once in his lifetime because as National Geographic comments says: "its just a spot on the ocean that someone hardly notice on a map. Yet if you find yourselves there, you'll knowthere's no other place of equal beauty in the whole world" Sifnos was inspiration and homeland of many Greek poets, famous chefs like Tselemendes and potters. Unique wonderful beaches and picturesque island alleys are fascinating visitors. According a local myth Sifnos the small island of Cyclades in Greece, has too many churches...one for every day of the year! This myth was busted and the truth is that Sifnos has "235" beautiful white colored big and small churches! Sifnos is a small island with short distances who don't overwhelm visitors. You will arrive quickly at your island destinations before you will be able to realize it. There are many options and guests canal ternate their daily program depending on their interests.

TRADITION AND LOCAL FOLKS IN SIFNOS
Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για sifnos PANIGYRIA


In Sifnos tradition is still a part of our everyday lives, even today!
Throughout the changing seasons of the year, many customs that are still kept today give Sifnos a very special character.
The Sifnos ‘panigyria’ festivals with their particular rituals are held all year round. They are organised by ordinary people, the so-called "panigyrades", and they are open to everyone. All visitors are welcome.
The Sifnian marriage customs, the ‘tsounia’ (games of ninepins), the New Year's carols, the Carnival ‘kamilomata’, the Sunday ‘revithada’ (oven-baked chickpea soup) and the melodic local dialect are some of the customs and habits of the island that continue unaltered today



Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για sifnos TRADITIONAL FOOD
TRADITIONAL FOOD & SWEETS
The island, birthplace of Nicholas Tselementes and a number of other master chefs, has a rich variety of gastronomic traditions.
At Christmas the delicious smells of baking drift from the houses. The most popular in Sifnos at this time of year are ‘foinikia’ (elsewhere in Greece known as ‘melomakarona’ - honey syrup cookies) and ‘avgokalamara’ (elsewhere known as ‘diples’ - deep fried strips of dough rolled and dipped in honey syrup). During winter traditional ‘siglino’ (cured smoked pork), ‘pykti’ (pork jelly) is still prepared today.
A little later in the year, for Carnival, next in line are dairy desserts, rice pudding, cream desserts, goat and sheep's milk yoghurt, which is fresh produced in large quantities at this time. Σχετική εικόναAnd it wouldn’t be Easter in Sifnos without the smell of roasting ‘mastelo’ (lamb or lamb cooked in a clay pot, also called a ‘matselo’, with red wine and dill baked in a wood-burning oven), without the ‘poulia tis Lambris’ (the ‘birds of Easter’, a kind of brioche), honey pies, a sweet prepared with Sifnian boiled ‘athotyros’ (fresh soft white cheese) and local thyme honey. The joys of marriage ceremonies are celebrated by preparation of Sifnian diamond-shaped ‘pasteli’ (honey and sesame toffees) and pan or oven-cooked marzipan (with or without sugar). The traditional festivals of the island are accompanied by communal meals at long tables, reminiscent of meals in ancient times or early Christian ‘Agape’ or Love feasts. They involve the serving of traditional ‘revithada’ (chickpea soup) and braised lamb or goat ‘kokkinisto’ cooked in ‘red’ tomato sauce in special large metal pots or cauldrons and served with pasta, or during Lent, fried cod with garlic sauce and salad. On Sundays, the main dish is the chickpea soup, baked in clay pots (‘skepastaria’) for several hours overnight, in wood-burning ovens fed with vine twigs. Other dishes never absent from the Sifnos meal are chickpea patties, caper salad (stewed dry caper), kalasouna (pies filled with wild greens and rice), ‘manoura’ (yellow hard spicy cheese matured in ‘gyli’ (red wine dregs)), and, depending on the season, ‘chyrovoskoi’ (wild greens), ‘myzithra’ cheese (fresh goat cheese with a slightly sour taste, ideal as an addition to Greek (‘village’) salad), or string beans with garlic puree. Also popular are dried figs, ‘loli’ (a sweet dessert made with red pumpkin), syrupy ‘spoon’ sweets and liqueurs made with fruit that grow abundantly in Sifnos, and infusions made from the rich variety of plants and herbs growing wild on the island, including sage and chamomile. Local Sifnos sweet treats can be found in the traditional bakeries and patisseries, in the form of aniseed biscuits, butter biscuits, boiled and baked almond marzipan, honey and sesame ‘pasteli’ bars, Greek ‘loukoumia’ (‘Turkish delight’), ‘bourekakia’ (honey nut phyllo pastry rolls), and syrup ‘spoon’ sweets.


ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUMS AND SITES IN SIFNOS
Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για sifnos MUSEUMSΣχετική εικόναΑποτέλεσμα εικόνας για sifnos MUSEUMS

AGIOS ANDREAS ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE & MUSEUM EXHIBIT
This is the newest and most modern museum of the island (open to the public since 2010). On display are a variety of selected findings from excavations in the region, and a wealth of print and visual material pertaining to both the Acropolis of Agios Andreas and the rest of the island (Ancient ‘Asty’ Kastro, the Sifnos mine, the ancient ‘fryktories’ (beacon towers) from prehistoric times to later antiquity. In 2012 the site was awarded the NOSTRA EUROPA prize, as an excellent example of conservation and the enhancement of cultural heritage.
It is open to the public all year round on a daily basis, except for Mondays and public holidays, from 8:30 am to 15:00 pm. 
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF SIFNOS IN KASTRO
The two-storey building in the village was constructed by the Archaeological Service in the 1970s, on a plot of land donated by Professor Georgios Maridakis. It was renovated by the Ministry of Culture in the early 1980s, and has been in regular operation since 1986. Its collections include finds from various sites on the island including: Sculptures (tombstones, statues, architectural elements etc.) from the Archaic to the Roman era (6th century BC - 1st century BC), ceramics from Kastro from the Geometric to the Hellenistic period (8th century BC - 2nd century BC), and coins. The most important exhibits are a floral-crowned marble headstone (4th century BC), the head of a marble female statue (4th century BC) The head of a marble kouros (mid 6th century BC), an Ionic order column capital (6th century BC), and a marble headstone (Hellenistic period).
It is open to the public every day except Mondays and public holidays. 
FOLKLORE MUSEUM (APOLLONIA)
The collection is housed in a building on the main square in Apollonia (Plateia Iroon). The museum is owned by the Sifnian Association and includes exhibits relating to the traditional daily life of the island, including agricultural tools, household items, and local costumes, among other things. The main exhibits are a collection of swords and rifles, and the collections of old traditional costumes, woodcarvings and trunks, embroidery and lace, household items (among them cutlery from Constantinople), agricultural tools, woven basketwork items (such as the famous Sifnian window blinds), beekeeping equipment and pottery, statues of famous Sifnian personages, and Sifnos newspaper archives.
The museum was inspired and organised by the Sifnian teacher, writer and ethnologist Antonis Troullos.
It is open to the public during the summer season. Information:
‘US IN OUR HOMES IN THE OLD DAYS’ - IOANNIS ATSONIOS FOLK ARTS & CRAFTS EXHIBITION IN ARTEMONAS
This is an old house built in the traditional Sifnos architectural style and is laid out and decorated in the manner of most Sifnian homes in bygone days, with traditional furniture, hand-crafted items, framed photographs, engravings, and lithographs, mirrors, opaline oil lamps, pottery, old hand sewing machine, a gramophone from the 1900s, a cradle dating from 1880 brought from Constantinople, wooden shelves from 1880, formal dress clothes hand embroidered in gold, old records, traditional costumes, a radio from the era between the wars, old newspapers, and nuptial agreements, among other items of interest from daily life in former times. Also on display are the personal and official service documents of the Artemonas poet Ioannis Gryparis, as well as a couch belonging to the poet. The exhibition is under the management of the Cultural Association of Sifnos and has been in operation since 2008.
It is open to the public from July 15th to September 15th in the evenings (19:00-23:00)
ECCLESIASTICAL ART MUSEUM AT THE MONASTERY OF VRISIS IN EXAMBELA
This represents the ‘Study of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Sifnos’ housed in the Monastery of Vrisis or Vrissiani (Our Lady of the Fountain). Here manuscripts, codified parchments, copies of old printed editions, a New Testament from 1796, reliquaries, metal disks depicting cherubims, ceremonial chalices, vestments, icons, an embroidered ‘feloni’ (ceremonial cape) from Kassiani, among other things.

BEACHES IN SIFNOS

Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για sifnos paraliesKamares. The beach of Kamares is the first you meet once you come out of the boat. This is a beach that will either addict you or leave indifferent.
Beach. Golden fine sand that only covers a small part of its extent; shade from tamarisk trees and sufficient number of deck chairs and umbrellas. Here, you will find well-cared changing rooms, showers and toilets. At the edges of the beach there are cafés and restaurants with tables on the sand.
Spilia (Cave). There is a small bay with pebbles almost next to Kamares. It is a secluded beach which rarely gets crowded.
Vroulidia. A medium sized pebble beach on the northwest side of the island, with really gorgeous emerald waters. Don't let the stones put you off! The shop owners have created a comfortable sandy walkway leading to the sandy seabed!Σχετική εικόνα
Beach. Large pebbles and sufficient number of deck chairs and umbrellas. At the edges of the beach there are cafés and restaurants with tables by the sea.
Cheronissos. On the northernmost part of the island, in the picturesque fishing village of Herronissos, there is one of the most protected by the waves beaches.
Beach. Fine sand, shade from tamarisk trees and few sun loungers and umbrellas. Here, you will find well-cared changing rooms, showers and toilets. In the middle of the beach but also at the end of the mole there are fish taverns with tables on the seafront. On the right side of the bay, there are smaller moles which are ideal for those who want to be more secluded.
Sea. Clean sand with few stones on the left and right side of the bay. The depth is small for quite a few meters, making it ideal for water games.  Αποτέλεσμα εικόνας για sifnos paraliesPoulati. This is a small sized rocky shore on the eastern side of the island. The name was taken after the beautiful Church of Panagia Poulati, located a few minutes away from the church.
Beach. Ideal for those looking for peace and those who love to stare the rocky bottom. At its back side, a green ravine ends up. Sea. The waters are crystal clear with emerald colors and sufficient depth from the beginning.
Seralia. On the eastern side of Sifnos opposite Paros and Antiparos, lies the beach of Kastro, namely Seralia. This is where the harbor of the capital of ancient Sifnos used to be. The beach is small but ideal for those who want to be away from the crowded beaches of the island. Beach.  The beach has pebble and located on the right side of the small settlement. You can also take your swim from the Σχετική εικόναsmall mole on the other side of the bay. Fassolou. Located on the south side of the island and it’s one of the three beaches of Faros. Years back it used to be a "den" for naturists, however, naturism is no longer allowed. On the west side of the bay stands the monastery of Stavros of Faros while in front of the bay you can see the rock of Chrysopigi. A truly unique view. Beach. The beach is sandy with a few pebbles while the rich clusters of the tamarisk trees provide shade in the summer. Here, you will find well-cared changing rooms, showers and toilets. Also you will find a restaurant on the beach. Glifo. It is the third beach of Faros and considered the most beautiful by many. A small paved path through the settlement leads to Glyfo. Faros overlooks the rock of Chrysopigi, just like from Fassolou, while on the right side you can see the loading facilities of the mines. On the right side of Glyfou beach, a short paved coastal path begins which leads to the beach of Apokofto and Chrysopigi.
Apokofto. Located on the south side of the island and is the main beach of Chrysopigi with amazing, cool, turquoise waters. The paved coastal trail connects it with Glyfo beach, in Faros.  The most daring ones and those who want to avoid the crowds can take their dives from the rocks of Chrysopigi.
Σχετική εικόναSaoures. It is a small bay with spectacular view towards Chrysopigi and has wonderful clear waters. A small dirt path of 150m starts from Crysopigi and ends up here.
Platis Gialos. It is one of the largest beaches of Sifnos, as its name suggests, and considered by many as the most popular beach of the island.
Lazarou.  A small bay with pebbles and turquoise waters in the south side of Sifnos. After the end of the beach of Platis Gialos, take the road and carry on for 350m and turn left (there is a sign). In 100m, you reach the coast.
Vathi (central). It is a long and wide golden beach on the southwest side of the island. On the right side of the bay lies the church of Taxiarchis, while in the middle of the beach you can find "Elies" hotel, the largest hotel complex of Sifnos.
Vathi (north).  On the right of the main beach of Vathy, after the church of Taxiarchis is another "hidden" beach. In essence, it is the continuation of the main beach from which is separated by a small mole and the church of Taxiarchis. Here, the landscape is more picturesque and reminds a fishing village.
Vathi (south). On the left of the main beach of Vathy, you will find another two small, "hidden" beaches total length of 150m. In essence, it’s the continuation of the main beach towards the south, from which however are separated by rocks. Their location is unique. Completely detached and small, give the feeling to anyone who goes there, that are very remote, almost proprietary. They are linked to the main beach of Vathy with a trail of 150m starting from the southern end of the beach. One of the naturist options in Sifnos.
Tsopos. It is a small cove with golden sand and blue waters on the left side of the bay of Vathy. To date, one of the oldest pottery workshops of the island operates here.