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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Sifnos June 25th 2015

PANORAMA SLIDE SHOW: 1 & 2 - Sifnos, 3 - Kastro, 4 & 5 - Chrisopigi Trail Sifnos still retains the feeling of a small, traditional Greek Island. It is a quiet island with lots of charm. Kamares is the port town. It has a nice crescent beach with real sand. It's a great place to walk and to swim. Two hotels, The Stavros and The Kamari, are wonderful places to call home while in Sifnos. They are run by a group of great people, are conveniently located, and have wonderful views. We have been staying with them since our first visit to Sifnos in 1992. If I was going to live on a Greek Island, it would be Sifnos. A short bus ride took us to the capital, Apollonia. From here we like to hike ... read more
Kamares
Here comes the ferry
Ferry arriving at the port

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Sifnos September 20th 2014

Our discovery of the walking paths was borne of necessity, the only means of transportation that was available to us. However, once we went beyond the concept of commuting we started to experience the pathways of Artemonas, Apollonia and Kastro. Within these few kilometres there was a great diversity of pathways. My favourite was a path from the Windmill through small farms to Apollonia. The stone path wound down the hillside and eventually joined up with a pathway leading into the village. Along this path there were the expected donkeys, goats, cats, birds, chooks and cattle. An unexpected find was an out of the way pottery kiln and an older Greek man. The scenery ranged from beautiful traditional white houses, hay stacks, a ruins, an enclosure for animals, older houses and a magnificent little chapel. The ... read more
The pathway to Apollonia
The Family Chapel on the Path to Apollonia
Hilltop above the Chapel on the Path to Apollonia

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Sifnos September 7th 2014

This festival is all about the people from the Cyclades Islands gathering together to celebrate their traditions and cultures. By September the tourist season is slowing down in the island and this is a time for residents of the islands to come together for a party. As such it is not at all tourist focused. That was attractive to me and it was a fun event. Throughout the evening there were cooking demonstrations, pottery demonstrations, exhibits, and delicious food. The rhythm was not what I would have expected. The festival started around 6:30 but events began around 8:30pm. Even then it followed a leisurely pace with many speeches, congratulations and quiet moments with the dancing and festivities starting around midnight. In the wee morning hours we strolled back to Bella Vista and finally sat on our ... read more
Children and the Potter's Hands
Special Photo with Lovely Young Lady
Delicacies and a Large Rock

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Sifnos September 6th 2014

Sifnos Island has been a changing kaleidoscope. We arrived by ferry about 8:30pm. We drove through a busy port village with crowds gathered in shops, restaurants and bars; over a narrow mountain road, through quieter villages and finally to a beautiful Bella Vista located far apart high on a rocky cliff. Arriving around 9:00pm, I asked if the kitchen was open. A quiet young Greek girl said ‘I am the kitchen’. In broken English she suggested a taste plate and glass of wine – a wonderful recommendation and the start of an amazing evening. She was joined by two young children and a dog named Bella. Together they laughed and played in the courtyard while our young hostess communicated to us with increasing confidence of her English language about her life in Athens and her love ... read more
 The spaces of Windmill Bella Vista
Landmark Windmill
Wooden Box

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Sifnos July 8th 2014

La météo a vu juste, les vents se sont un peu calmés. Nous levons les amarres vers 9h30 direction l’île de Sifnos. La mer reste houleuse et une bonne partie de l’équipage a l’estomac fragile; seule Pascale semble immunisée come le mal de mer. En longeant Sifnos, il semble difficile de croire qu’elle est habitée. Parois rocheuses très élevées parsemées de quelques arbustes, elle semble désertique. Poutant, au détour d’une ouverture dans la roche, on aperçoit le village de Kamares. La vue est saisissante, les classiques petites maisons cubiques blanches, au fond d’une gigantesque vallée. Une fois à quai, nous ne pouvons résister à l’appel de la petite plage municipale pour nous rafraichir un peu.... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Sifnos August 3rd 2013

We finished our time on Santorini with a visit to Pension George. So sorry to leave the tranquil idelic spot but the trip must go on. Tara, Morgan, Kailey and Melissa you will be happy to know that Helen sends her greetings and says you need to come back! 11 of us piled into the Pension George Sprinter van and headed for the port. Warm and windy today. Got there about 5:15 and ferry was to leave at 6:15. We decided to sit and relax with a salad and cold drink at a port cafe. Great view of the managed chaos that is the port when ferries arrive and depart. Our drama for the day was 3 or 4 groups of people thinking that they could enjoy the chairs and shade without purchasing anything! What are ... read more
Pension George Apartments
Pension George Apartments
Pension George

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Sifnos June 17th 2013

SIFNOS IS SMALLER THAN SERIFOS SO WE ARE ONLY STAYING FOR 2 FULL DAYS. TODAY IS SIZZLINGLY HOT AND WE ARE HAVING A LAZY DAY. WE EXPLORE KAMARES. IN THE MORNING. IT IS A SMALL BAY WITH A PORT AND SANDY BEACH WITH THE USUAL TAVERNAS LINING THE WATER FRONT. WAITERS WAITING EXPECTANTLY FOR YOUR CUSTOM. THE SMELL OF HOT BREAD AND CAKES OOZING FROM THE BAKERS AND LAZY CATS SNOOZING ON THE STEPS WHICH MEANDER TOWARDS THE BACK OF THE TOWN. I AM GOING TO HAVE TO TRADE IN MY HUSBAND. OFF HE GOES TO BUY BREAKFAST FROM THE BAKERS AND HE GETS ME A CHOCOLATE CHIP CROISSANT....FOR BREAKFAST I ASK YOU? Seemed perfectly acceptable to me. WE GO TO BUY OUR NEXT FERRY TICKET TO MILOS WHICH IS 13 EURO EACH AND ENQUIRE ABOUT ... read more
Kameres, Sifnos
Carol's next job
View from our balcony with a sofa

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Sifnos May 13th 2011

It was recommended to us that we pay a visit to the town of Chryssopigi, which is home to what they said was the most photographed church in the world. The town is tiny, consisting of two restaurants and one lodge, but it apparently has a big following. People really love coming back time and again, though I have to confess, it was a little quiet and sleepy for me. We even saw our Norwegian friends there, and had a chat. The town is on the South side of the island, and it was sheltered from the wind, which made it warmer for swimming. The beach is covered with flat rocks, and all three of us got to practice our rock skipping, which both A&N have become experts. We swam, played on the beach, and then ... read more
More Vathis Beach
Sunset in Sifnos

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Sifnos May 12th 2011

According to the people who know, there are sections of Sifnos outside the main part of town that are even nicer. I like the main part, mainly because I like to interact with people (when they're nice), and you get a lot of that in town. Either way, there is a tourist office, and the woman there, Sophia, was very helpful, and spoke good English. She said that if you like the town of Kamares, then you will love the rest of the island even more. High expectations. We rented a car, a Chevy no less, and decided to investigate. First off, we wanted to learn more about the pottery, as well as the local food and cooking scene. We stopped again at Symos and introduced ourselves to the proprietor, a lovely woman they refer to ... read more
Mrs. Symos
Sifnos Potter
Vathis

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Sifnos May 11th 2011

The island of Sifnos is part of the Cyclades chain and a bit smaller than Milos. Because of this, I assumed it would be more rustic and sleepy, but it appears not to be the case. In fact, it's a pretty happening little port town, and there were pleasant surprises for us everywhere. First off, the main drag of the town is really nice, with lots of neat shops and food everywhere. Best of all, it wasn't tacky and kitschy, but rather interesting. In fact, we learned that in the early days, Sifnos was the source of gold and silver for the Greek empire, but that it was now known for it's pottery. The clay deposits make it an ideal location to make all sorts of pieces in the native style, though I'm not sure what ... read more
Sifnos Pottery
Delfini Dining Room
Walk to Town




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