is a quiet, hilly island in the western Cyclades. A
combination of superb beaches, interesting inland villages,
lovely churches and a bus service that is second to none on
the smaller Greek Islands means any Grecophile worth his or
her salt should seriously consider a holiday here.
arranging a private helicopter, Kamares is the only seaborn
arrival and departure point on the island. As such, the
fascinating comings and goings of ferries, pleasure craft and
fishing vessels is one of the most enjoyable Greek dramas to
view from the shaded waterfront cafes.
The sandy, town beach,
a wide selection of tavernas and good bus connections with
other parts of the island make this village, which is
surrounded by imposing, high hills, a lovely place to stay.
village of Apollonia is even quieter than Kamares. A mantle of
cubed, Cycladic houses stretches across the terraced hills,
criss-crossed by an intricate crochet of telephone poles and
wires silhouetted against the deep blue sky. Tavernas and
shops are to hand as are bus connections to the coastal
regions with their magnificent beaches.
Sifnos is the fourth island of the Cyclades and lies betuine
Serifos, Kimolos and Antiparos. In the ancient days Sifnos
used to be one of the richest islands of the Cyclades. It was
first inhabited by Cares and Phoenicieans. Ec 1000 BC it
became a colony of the lons and was named Sifnos after the
name of the leader of the colonists. Herodorus reports that it
had gold and silver mines and that's why its inhabitants
became so wealthy and decorated their city with magnificent
The island blessed during the 6th century BC. Its
inhabitants fought the Persians by participating in the
Athenian Alliance and took part in the naval battle of
Salamis. Being a target of pirate raids, the island is finally
taken by the Turks in 1617. In 1821 however it gains its
freedom by taking ac active part in the Greek revolution. The
capital is built a top three hills with typical Cycladic
architecture. It took its name from the god Apolon
Castle. Archeological Museum in Camares. Folklore Museum
(Apollonia). Panagia Ouranophora (Temple of Virgin Mary who
bears the heaven). The monasteries of the Chrysostomus and
Theologus the Mute. The rock of Chysopigi.
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