With excellent beaches, several towns to choose from, a decent nightlife, a reputation for exceptionally good food and relatively low-key tourism, Sifnos is an island that retains much of its traditional Greek charm, yet has plenty to offer those looking for a relatively relaxed Greek island holiday. Most visitors.....
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With excellent beaches, several towns to choose from, a decent nightlife, a reputation for exceptionally good food and relatively low-key tourism, Sifnos is an island that retains much of its traditional Greek charm, yet has plenty to offer those looking for a relatively relaxed Greek island holiday. Most visitors arrive in the port of Kamares, where there is a selection of hotels, an incredibly pretty beach and the seafront is adorned with some superb restaurants. Many choose to stay here, or venture across the island to the beautiful inland capital of Apollonia or nearby coastal Artemonas. These three locations are home to the majority of Sifnos’s nightlife, from the traditional Greek places where one can soak up some local culture to more modern lounge bars which attract the hip and trendy as well as the yachting crowd, to late night spots playing dance music. For the less nocturnal, Apollonia is also a great starting point for walking and trekking, with a series of donkey trails leading to various destinations and tours that can be organised from the capital. 3km from Artemonas, on the east coast, is the picturesque medieval Cycladic town of Kastro. In the very north of the island is the tiny village of Heronissos, which also has a little beach. And to the south east is the small village of Faros, which has three lovely beaches and where one can find the nearby monastery of Chryssopigi perched at the end of a small peninsula. The island’s most popular beach is the sweeping sandy bay of Platis Yialos in the south, which is said to be the longest in the Cyclades and which has plenty of facilities from tavernas to guest houses. On the west coast the beautiful beach of Vathi, which is sheltered and calm; it has some nice tavernas and a few hotels yet remains comparatively undeveloped. A frequent bus service facilitates travel around the island and ferries depart from Kamares to Pireus and other nearby islands several times a day.
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