Serifos Island Guide

Serifos Island Overview

Serifos is a charming Greek island in the western Aegean Sea, 40 miles southeast of mainland Greece. With its unspoiled beauty, relaxed atmosphere, and rich history, Serifos is a destination perfect for those looking to escape the crowds and enjoy a more authentic Greek experience.

How to get to Serifos

Like its more popular southern neighbour, Sifnos, Serifos lacks an airport, making it accessible only by ferry. In high season, these run daily from the port of Piraeus and connect with Sifnos and Milos. Use the search box below to find ferry tickets and price details. However, be aware that routes for each summer season tend to be confirmed at the start of each calendar year between January and March, so if you don’t see availability for your chosen dates, it may be too early. You’ll need to check back again later.

Ferries take two to four hours, depending on the speed of the boat and the chosen route.

Where to stay on Serifos

Most Serifos accommodation is in and around the port town of Livadi. A wide, south-facing bay, Livadi is home to most of the island’s permanent residents and offers an authentic small Greek village feel. You’ll find a reasonable selection of tavernas, cafes, and small shops along the harbour and beachfront area.

Livadi Bay Serifos
Livadi Bay Serifos

Chora is the island’s iconic capital, perched on the hillside a few kilometres north of Livadi. It offers stunning views and a good selection of places to stay, primarily small studios, villas and apartments.

Serifos Chora
Serifos Chora

Other accommodation can be found dotted around the island, but these are mostly the more upmarket variety of secluded villas and apartments.

Serifos Chora Square
Serifos Chora Square

Serifos Beaches

One of Serifos’s main attractions is its stunning beaches, which offer crystal-clear waters and unspoiled natural beauty. Livadi Beach is the most famous of these, and it is a long stretch of golden sand popular with locals and tourists. Livadakia Beach (not to be confused with the similarly-named Livadi Beach) lies in an adjacent bay south of the port and is also a pleasant place for sunbathing and relaxation.

Ganema Beach, 20 minutes west of Livadi by car, is an impressive wide sandy beach in a sheltered southwest-facing bay.

Ganema Beach on the western coastline of Serifos

North of Livadi are the smaller bays of Psili Ammos and Agios Ioannis where you’ll also find more sandy beaches to explore.

Psili Ammos Beach Serifos
Psili Ammos Beach Serifos
Agios Ioannis Beach Serifos
Agios Ioannis Beach Serifos

Visitors can also explore the island’s many secluded coves and hidden bays, which offer a more secluded and intimate beach experience.

What to see and do on Serifos

Serifos is known for its rich history, which dates back to ancient times. The island is home to the ruins of the ancient Serifos, including the remains of a castle, an ancient theatre, and several temples. Visitors can explore these ruins and learn about the island’s fascinating history.

For those who love nature, Serifos offers numerous opportunities to explore the island’s rugged terrain and beautiful landscapes. The island is home to several hiking trails providing stunning views of the Aegean Sea and the surrounding islands. Visitors can also explore the island’s many caves and caverns, home to various unique flora and fauna.

Serifos is also known for its charming villages, each with unique character and charm. The most famous is Chora, a picturesque village famous for its winding streets and whitewashed houses. Visitors can explore the village’s many shops and galleries, which offer traditional Greek crafts and souvenirs.

Panagia Zoodochos church opposite Moni Taxiarchon on the northern coastline of Serifos

Serifos Cuisine

Finally, Serifos is a destination that offers something for food lovers, with numerous restaurants that offer traditional Greek cuisine and international dishes. The island’s rich soil is ideal for growing fruits and vegetables, and its seafood is among the freshest in Greece. Visitors can sample the island’s delicious cuisine in one of the many tavernas that line the island’s coast.

Our Impressions of Serifos

We spent two nights on Serifos during an island-hopping holiday in 2020—not a significant amount of time to experience the island, but enough to get a good taste. We found it very quiet, partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic but also because tourist numbers are much lower here than on neighbouring islands such as Sifnos and Milos. This will increase its appeal to those seeking a more relaxed, traditional island away from the crowds, but we found the island lacking good dining options and sightseeing opportunities.

We hired a car for 24 hours and managed to cover most, if not all, of the easily accessible beaches, the inland Chora and sights such as Moni Taxiarchon. The beaches vary in size and quality, but there are undoubtedly several worth checking out: Livadi, Livadakia, and Ganema were our favourites.

Summary and Alternatives

In conclusion, Serifos is a destination well worth adding to your Greek island itinerary. With its unspoiled beauty, relaxed atmosphere, rich history, and delicious cuisine, it offers something for everyone. So, if you’re looking for a more authentic Greek experience, include Serifos in your itinerary—it’s an experience you won’t forget.

If you’ve visited Serifos or are interested in similar alternatives, Sikinos is worth looking at. It shares many themes with Serifos, such as being a tranquil and traditional island less well-known to tourists.

Serifos Blog Posts

Find out more about Serifos by reading our recent blog posts:

  • Day 14: Northern Serifos and on to Syros

    Day 14: Northern Serifos and on to Syros

    This post is part of a series called Western Cyclades 2020 Tuesday 15th September 2020 Plans for the Day Today was my last day on Serifos. I needed to check…

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  • Abati Hotel, Livadi, Serifos

    Abati Hotel, Livadi, Serifos

    Review Rating: 4/5 Date of Visit: September 2020 It was a shame I only spent two nights at Abati Hotel on Serifos as, in many ways, it was the nicest…

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  • Day 13: Exploring Southern Serifos

    Day 13: Exploring Southern Serifos

    This post is part of a series called Western Cyclades 2020 Monday 14th September 2020 Unexpectedly Mobile I woke early, having enjoyed the best night’s sleep of my trip by…

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  • Day 12: Serifos

    Day 12: Serifos

    This post is part of a series called Western Cyclades 2020 Sunday 13th September 2020 A Slightly Cloudy Morning After enquiring about the possibility of a late check-out, I was…

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