Serifos Island Guide

Serifos Island Overview

Serifos is a charming Greek island located in the western Aegean Sea. 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.

Beaches

One of the main attractions of Serifos is its stunning beaches, which offer crystal-clear waters and unspoiled natural beauty. The most famous of these is Livadi Beach, a long stretch of golden sand popular with locals and tourists. Visitors can also explore the island’s many secluded coves and hidden bays, which offer a more secluded and intimate beach experience.

Ganema Beach on the western coastline of Serifos

Serifos is also 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.

Nature

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 offering 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 offering traditional Greek crafts and souvenirs.

Panagia Zoodochos church opposite Moni Taxiarchon on the northern coastline of 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 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

In conclusion, Serifos is a destination that should be on every traveller’s bucket list. With its unspoiled beauty, relaxed atmosphere, rich history, and delicious cuisine, it is a destination that 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.

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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