|Visited in 2006, 2007
Walking, hiking and trekking on SIKINOS
(last update on the 9th of February 2013)
**** = exceptional
N = new in 2011
is a fairly small island (41 km²), situated between Folégandros and Ios,
in the southern Cyclades. The island is still very quiet and not really
affected by the tourist invasion to the Cycladic isles. Santorini is the
southern neighbour of Sikinos, but the difference between the two islands
could not have been bigger. There are only about 200 people living at Síkinos and the mountainous interior only has a few roads: from the little
harbour of Aloprónia to the double main town, consisting of Chóra or Kástro
and Páno Chorió, and (fairly recently) from Chóra to Episkopí.
Agios Geórgios takes care of a boat connection from the Piraeus to Síkinos and this
twice a week - this boat line goes via Kýthnos,
Sérifos, Sífnos, Mílos and Folégandros and then continues to Santoríni.
At first sight, Síkinos
has not a lot to offer – in some travel guides this island is not
mentioned at all. But for people who like peace and quiet, hiking and
friendly people, Síkinos is really a very pleasant island.
The interior is very
dry and barren, but the beautiful valley between Aloprónia and Chóra
looks really attractive.
Chóra itself is a
very peaceful but authentic little town; it is situated at an altitude of
280 metres, and besides some pleasant little streets it also possesses a
nice kástro and a kind of walled in square with in the middle the church
of Pantánassa. The town is dominated by the large monastery of Zoödóchos
Pigí, built around 1700 and it was protected against the pirates by heavy
At 4 km from the
main town you can find Episkopí, a temple in honour of Apollo, dating
from the 3rd century BC. Later on, in the 5th
century, this temple was converted into a church – a very nice example
of the reuse of walls and pillars.
The beach of the harbour of Aloprónia is really nice, ideal for children; there are umbrellas and benches. The remote beaches of Agios Geórgios and Agios Pandeleímoon can only be reached on foot, in summer also by means of small boats.
But it is mainly
with regard to hiking that Síkinos is very interesting. The ancient
network of trails is very well preserved and offers the opportunity to get
to all of the far-off places and remote valleys of the island.
Unfortunately, the trails are not at all indicated, even not by means of
the traditional coloured dots. Fortunately, however, there exists a
detailed map of Anávasi, with on the back side a special map with
information on the hiking trajectories crisscrossing the entire island.
Since January the 1st 2004 you are visitor n°
Since January the 1st 2004
you are visitor n°
Panorama of Chóra
The monastery of Zoödóchos
The monastery of Episkopí
The monopáti to Episkopí
The thyme bushes that exist everywhere