|Visited in 1986, 1987,
1995, 1997, 1999, 2000,
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Walking, hiking and trekking on SIFNOS
(last update on the 6th of February 2013)
*** = very beautiful
**** = exceptional
N = new in 2011
33. Kamáres - cape Kokkálas and back
is the third island on the boat line from the Piraeus, via Kýthnos and
Milos, to Santoríni. The boat stops in the harbour of Kamáres, about five
hours after the departure from Athens. In Summer there are also rapid
connections with the Piraeus, Sérifos of Mílos by High Speed.
Sífnos is almost the ideal island: the harbour of Kamáres is very attractive and there is a really nice beach. The villages throughout the island are very idyllic and built in a typical Cycladic style, and there are quite a few very pleasant beaches. Most importantly, though, the island offers an inexhaustible variety of beautiful hiking trails.
is a great spot to stay: there are a couple of nice hotels and a lot of
rooms to let with the inhabitants. You can find many decent restaurants in
Kamáres and the beach and the shallow sea are ideal for children. There
are bus lines from Kamáres to Apollonía, the capital of the island, and
from there you can continue by bus to other villages: Kástro, Fáros, Platýs
Gialós and Vathý. Apollonía is a very picturesque Cycladic town,
and in the neighbouring village of Artemónas there are many
beautiful, majestic houses. The main street that runs from Artemónas to
and further on to Katavatí makes for an ideal walk, with a couple of
beautiful little churches.
the old capital, is located at three km from Apollonia. It is an
impressive fortified town, which is beautifully situated and which
contains many picturesque and peaceful streets. It is also a good idea to
visit the harbour of Fáros and the magnificent monastery of Chryssopigí,
in between Fáros and Platýs Gialós.
The most beautiful
beaches are to be found on Platýs Gialós (unfortunately there is no much
though) and on Vathý. However, you can also have a nice swim on the
beaches of Kamáres, at the bottom of the monastery of Panagía Pouláti and
in the picturesque little harbour of Serália, underneath Kástro.
Sífnos is the ideal
hiking island - there
are actually so many hiking trails on Sifnos that you will always find
another interesting path once you get lost. The most beautiful hikes go
from Apollonía across the island to Vathý or Agios Andréas, but there are
also plenty of shorter hikes to Kastro, to Chryssopigí or to the monastery
of Agios Simeoón – you can then combine these trails with other
connections between Kástro and Artemónas, or from Fáros to Kástro...too
much to sum up!
There are a number
of nice hiking maps that are indispensable to complete the descriptions on
this site. In the series of Topo 25, published by Anávasi, a beautiful
map has appeared (a new edition, which is even better, came out in 2005);
nearly all the good hiking trails are indicated on this map, only the
trail from Agia Anna via Panagía tou Kariávli to Agios Nikólaos t'
Aeriná is still not indicated on this map.
books are "Walking in the Aegean" by Dieter Graf and "Santorini,
Sifnos and western and southern Cyclades", published in 2006, in
which 12 hikes are devoted to Sífnos.
In order to help you
a little when choosing from the 44 hikes, this is my personal top seven:
1. Apollonia - Vathý
via Agios Nikólaos T' Aeriná: the marvellous interior of Sífnos, climbing up the Profítis Ilías,
the monastery of Agios Nikólaos T' Aeriná and the beach of Vathý!
2. Vathý - Apollonía:
great beaches and the wonderful “fortress” of Agios Andréas. (****)
3. Apollonía - Kástro
via Kato Petáli and the valley of Erkíes - Artemónas: very nice trails,
the marvellous valley of Erkíes and of course the ancient town of Kástro;
having a swim in the sea at Panagía Pouláti is also very pleasant.
4. Platýs Gialós -
Profítis Ilías - Fikiáda - Platýs Gialós: an entirely different part
of Sífnos, very lonely, once more, and the idyllic little bay of Fikiáda.
5. Apollonía - Artemónas - Kástro - Fáros - Chryssopigí - Platýs Gialós: a hike that combines a couple of highlights, running along exceptional trails. (****)
6. Apollonía -
Agios Elefthérios - Panagía tósou Neroú: the hike on top of the hill
crest along Agios Elefthérios is wonderful, just like the view on
The monastery of Tósou Neroú and the small beach of Vlási are lonely
and unforgettable places once more. (****)
7. Apollonía - Artemónas - Agios Simeoón: beautiful trails and the incredible panoramic view from Agios Símeoón. (***)
On this island, it
is also very easy to make shorter hikes, since there are really a lot of
possibilities: because of the good bus connections you can begin or
conclude hikes in many different places - in Kamáres or Apollonía or
Artemónas, obviously, but also in Kástro or Fáros (although there are
only a few busses per day!) and definitely in Platýs Gialós or Vathý as
well. Since January the 1st 2004 you are visitor n°
Since January the 1st 2004
you are visitor n°
The monastery of Chrysopigí
The monastery of Panagía Pouláti
The monastery of Agios Simeoón
The bay of Kamáres from the Agios Simeoón
The fortified monastery of the Profítis Ilías
The nice terraces of Sífnos
The beautiful path to Agios Sóstis
The nice church of Panagía ta Mángana
A street in Kástro
The beautiful situation of the
Panagía Tósou Neroú
The bay of Vathý
The bay of