When most people think of visiting the Cyclades Islands in Greece, they think of Mykonos and Santorini. They don’t think of visiting a little known island named Sifnos. It quickly became my favorite island. While I adore the Greek islands I’ve visited in the past such as Zakynthos and Crete, something about Sifnos really moved me.
For one thing, it was completely authentic, and when I went in early June, there were few tourists. Sifnos is an absolutely beautiful island with gorgeous clear water beaches, towering mountains, incredible food, and quaint whitewashed villages to explore and get lost in. The best part is it’s only a three-hour ferry ride from Athens. I stayed in the port area of Kamares (pictured above), and loved staying in this area because it meant I was there for sunset. Here are my favorite things to do in Sifnos.
What To Do In Sifnos
1. Eat The Most Delicious Greek Food You’ve Ever Had
Sifnos is known for having some of the best food in all of Greece. There’s a reason why it has that reputation. I was swooning at each and every meal. Sifnos is known for its pottery, and while much of Greece grills its meat, Sifnos does slow braises in its clay pots and ovens. Meropi in Kamares was a wonderful restaurant for trying the traditional foods like mastelo, a dish of slow cooked lamb in wine with dill. This was the best lamb I’ve ever had! You should also try the revithada, slow cooked chickpeas. Usually, they are served on Sundays, but Meropi had them every day.
My very favorite restaurant was Kafenes at the Hotel Boulis. This restaurant had a beautiful sunset view and was known for its mezedes, but offered full meals as well. Most of the vegetables are from their garden and absolutely everything is homemade. I had the saganaki made with a local cheese and the wild goat that came from the surrounding mountains. It was incredible. For dessert, I had an exquisite chocolate orange cream that had Greek yogurt on top. I definitely recommend walking by and making a dinner reservation, as it’s a small place and everyone seems to know this is the best place to eat on the island.
2. Explore Medieval Kastro
Kastro is the Greek work for castle and was the first capital of Sifnos. It’s also the first place in the entire world where gold was mined. You will find narrow whitewashed alleys, the famous Seven Martyrs Church, and Seralia Bay, a beautiful beach. There’s a mysterious feeling here, and it’s fun to just let yourself get lost in the alleys. There are no cars or motorbikes in the village, so it’s pure tranquility.
3. Go To The Beach
Sifnos has glorious beaches with beautiful crystal waters. My favorite beach in Sifnos was Faros Beach because its water was just so clear. You can also easily walk to Vlychos beach from here. Faros beach has four restaurants and a mini market, so it was nice to have lunch after being on the beach. There are no sun beds at either of these beaches, which I prefer, as it keeps out the crowds. You can also walk over to Fassolo beach from here. I walked to all three and enjoyed the views at each of them. And, if you want to escape the beach for a minute, it’s an easy hike to Chrissopigi Monastery, which has legends of many miracles by the Virgin Mary.