What to do
Sifnos is a little blessed island in the western Cyclades- «the richest of all its neighbors» according to the historian Herodotus! In this island of unparalleled elegance, Bright Blue Villas offers properties of high quality coupled with an authentic Cycladic environment of perennial character and rich tradition. Rocky coastlines, golden sands and pebbly beaches await visitors to discover their graceful beauties.
Sifnos harbor, idyllic Kamares with picturesque, white, Cycladic houses, challenges you to dive into its bright blue aquamarine waters and discover what lies beyond.
Walking around the paved narrow streets of the village of Artemonas is a unique experience, as the visitor can see some of the most beautiful mansions of Sifnos scattered amongst vibrant gardens. Don’t leave without tasting the best traditional pastry making workshops and bakeries with traditional sweets.
Activities in Sifnos
Beachlife and Sports
The beaches are uncrowded and very clean and the snorkeling is excellent ; discover the rocks in the sheltered coves and bays that contain many of the beaches.
Walking and trekking
You might be surprised, but Sifnos is a walker’s island with a mountainous terrain that provides a number of challenging, organized paths which have been created and maintained through time, thus resulting in unique walking experiences. Let our concierge team organize for you guided walking tours and follow these paths that islanders have used for centuries. Let your eyes capture the unforgettable sea and mountain views that await you around every step; your final destination is the yard of a monastery, or a lonesome bay where you can dive in crystal clear waters.
History and Culture
Visit the village of Kastro
Kastro is the old capital of Sifnos and has been populated uninterruptedly from prehistoric times until today. The village took its name from the word “castle” (in Greek: Kastro) which is formed by its buildings. Stroll through the village’s houses which are built adjoining each other thus forming two defensive circles; you will feel you are walking in a labyrinth! At the top of the hill there are the ruins of the dominating ancient citadel of Kastro dating back to the 6th century B.C.
Sifnos is considered to be the starting-point for the development and spread of pottery-making, both in the Cyclades, and in Greece as a whole. Pottery in Sifnos dates back to 3000 BC – a true heritage that still survives to our days. The rich deposits of clay, the abounding water and the strong sun provided the perfect elements for an art that requires skillful hands and creative minds. Let us arrange for you a visit to the workshops and take pottery lessons that will heal your soul and relax your mind.
If you are interested to take any of these cooking secrets home with you, let us arrange for your private cooking lessons based on local recipes.
Food and Dining
Come to Sifnos and brace up yourself for an excellent food experience. The Sifniots are well known for being the finest cooks and their local restaurants are no exception. The cuisine here is a rare gastronomic feast based on simplicity, freshness and unique ingredients; try the “Revithada”, the famous chickpea soup served in every festival, chickpea balls with seventeen local herbs, fresh grilled or fried fish, meat cooked in the mastelo (a utensil made of potter’s clay) and the local cheese.
Restaurant Feggaropsaro (+30 22840 32215 ) As the name implies, fresh fish under the moon is served in the atmospheric restaurant tucked away in the streets of Apollonia village. Try the lobster spaghetti and other seafood delicacies, and explore an extensive wine list of 60 Greek and French wines of fine quality.
Lempesis Tavern (+30 22840 71295) is located in Chrysopigi, by the sea. A great variety of appetizers and the traditional Sifnos dishes, mastelo and rovythia. For many Lempesis serves the most authentic food you can find the island.
During the summer months Sifnos is connected daily by ferry from the main Athens ports (Piraeus and Rafina). Modern high-speed catamarans offering several classes of service are operated by Hellenic Seaways (www.hellenicseaways.gr) and are twice as fast, if you wish to travel by boat. The duration of the trip by high-speed ferries is about 3 hours. The island is also connected by boat to many islands of the Cyclades: Paros, Mykonos and Naxos.
Port Authority: +30 22840 33617
Just a 35 min helicopter ride from Athens – easily accessible even for the most demanding travelers.