Sifnos Island Guide

Island Overview

Once you’ve discovered Sifnos, it’s hard not to make it part of every Greek holiday. I first visited as part of my Western Cyclades tour in 2020, went back in 2021 as the climax of my extended summer vacation, and have now booked to return again in September 2022. I just can’t stay away.

It’s hard to put into words why some places give you such a good feeling from the very minute you arrive. Stepping off the ferry in Kamares and walking down the main road through the village for the first time, I had an overwhelming sense of belonging. Judging from its growing reputation, I suspect I’m not alone.

As with the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, there is so much about Sifnos that is “just right”: the island is neither too large as to feel difficult to navigate, nor so small that you’ve seen it all in a couple of days. The resorts and villages feel alive with activity, but not so crowded that you don’t want to be a part of them. The food is excellent and plentiful, without being pretentious or overpriced. The beaches are spacious, sandy and magnificent. It is, in every respect, the ideal Greek destination for anyone wanting an authentic experience without any compromises.

The interactive map below shows some of our favourite hotels, restaurants, beaches and places of interest on Sifnos. Click the markers to see more details.

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Where to Stay

Aside from the port town of Kamares, which is our preferred resort and highly recommended if you like being on the coast, there are several other beach resorts dotted around the island: to the southeast, the small village of Faros and the much larger Platis Gialos; southwest is Vathi, a more secluded and upmarket destination with the luxury hotel Elies Resort dominating the centre of the bay; to the north is the small fishing village of Cheronissos (sometimes written as Heronissos).

Inland is the capital Apollonia which stretches north into Artemonas, and to the east and west, Kato and Ano Petali. The remaining settlement lies to the east, Kastro, where you’ll find the famous Church of the Seven Martyrs on a small rocky outcrop.

Church of the Seven Martyrs, Kastro, Sifnos

Dining Options

One of the best things about Sifnos is its selection of great restaurants. In Platis Gialos, you’ll find some of the best fish tavernas anywhere in Greece: Omega3, Yalos Seaside Obsession being two of the highlights. In Kamares, great Italian restaurants are in abundance: our favourite being Passione Italiana, followed closely by Camaron and Da Claudio.

Conclusions and Alternatives

Though Sifnos can no longer be considered ‘undiscovered’, it’s still very much unspoiled with an authentic Greek charm that will appeal to anyone who wants to see the ‘real’ Greece. Having no airport is a blessing, as it will keep away the masses of fly-and-flop tourists, but does mean a bit of planning and a ferry ride in order to get to and from the island.

If you’ve visited Sifnos already and want to try somewhere with a similar vibe, it would be worth considering these options: Amorgos, Folegandros or Milos. They’re all different in their own ways, but share an authenticity and lack of mass-market tourism that make them viable alternatives.

Sifnos Hotel Reviews

Hotel Boulis, Kamares, Sifnos

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Review Rating: 4.5/5 Date of visit: September 2021 Having first visited Sifnos in 2020 and fallen in love with the island, to say I was excited to return would be…

Hotel Kamari, Kamares, Sifnos

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Review Rating: 4/5 Date of Visit: September 2020 As the second stop on my 19-night Greece trip, Sifnos offered plenty of accommodation options close to the port in Kamares. Hotel…

Sifnos Blog Posts

Day 73: Homeward Bound

Thursday 16th September 2021 Bonus Beach Time Did I say yesterday was our last time on the beach? Whoops!! It turns out I was wrong… We met for breakfast at…

Day 72: Our Last Full Day

Wednesday 15th September 2021 A Brief Reflection After 72 days in Greece, today is my final full day here. As with most holidays, for the first few days, it felt…

Day 71: More Sifnos Sightseeing

Tuesday 14th September 2021 Morning Church Hike I forgot to mention in yesterday’s update that, prior to visiting Agios Simeon in the evening, we had driven slightly further northwest with…

Day 70: Exploring Sifnos by Car

Monday 13th September 2021 Finally Exploring the Island If you’ve managed to get through all the recent Sifnos posts, congratulations (and thanks!). As I mentioned when I first reached the…

Day 69: Sun, Sand and Sea on Sifnos

Sunday 12th September 2021 Another Typical Beach Day Okay, so after much promising that these posts will get more interesting…today is another beach day in Kamares! However, tomorrow and Tuesday…

Day 68: Bus Trip to Apollonia

Saturday 11th September 2021 Booking our Covid tests…or not! After the usual hotel breakfast at 8, we chilled out for a bit before walking down to the bus stop to…

Day 67: Mum and Dad’s First Full Day on Sifnos

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Friday 10th September 2021 Sunshine is Back After a slightly cloudy day yesterday, today saw the return of clear blue skies and a more mild breeze. I met Mum and…

Day 66: Mum and Dad Arrive on Sifnos

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Thursday 9th September 2021 Planning for New Arrivals My parents had arrived safely yesterday afternoon in Athens and had spent the night at a hotel in Piraeus – there being…

Day 65: Sifnos Sunshine

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Wednesday 8th September 2021 Blue Sky at Last After nothing but cloudy mornings since my arrival on Sifnos, it was a relief to open my curtains onto a bright sunny…

Day 64: More Clouds Over Sifnos

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Tuesday 7th September 2021 Hotel Breakfast at Boulis I woke early to another slightly cloudy morning on Sifnos. It was still warm, though, and with only a gentle breeze as…

Day 63: Sifnos Cloudy First Day

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Monday 6th September 2021 Every First Day Begins with Breakfast I woke around 8:30 after a decent night’s sleep, despite the bed not looking overly comfortable. Breakfast wasn’t included in…

Day 62: Sikinos to Sifnos

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Sunday 5th September 2021 Breakfast and a Bonus Beach My ferry to Sifnos wasn’t until 14:45, so I had a good amount of the day still to pass here on…

Touring Greece Without a Plan

I Want to Freestyle it, But… How do you plan a three-month island-hopping itinerary? Well, one option – perhaps the best option really – is to freestyle the entire trip….

Day 11: Kamares Beach Again

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Saturday 12th September 2020 Last Full Day on Sifnos It’s hard to believe, yet again, that today is my last full day on my second island of the trip. Tomorrow…

Day 10: Relaxing on Kamares Beach

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Friday 11th September 2020 A Day of Rest Following a busy couple of days with the ATV (well, busy for me), I returned the quad bike at 9 am on…

Day 9: Platis Gialos and Southern Sifnos

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Thursday 10th September 2020 Another ATV Day Today was my second and final day of the quad bike rental. Knowing I had only the south-east side of the island left…

Day 8: Apollonia and Northern Sifnos

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Wednesday 9th September 2020 Let’s Skip Breakfast I didn’t actually skip it, but it was the same as yesterday so moving swiftly on… ATV Time One thing I forgot to…

Day 7: Sifnos First Day

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Tuesday 8th September 2020 In Search of New Breakfast Spot If you’ve read any of the previous posts on this trip, you’ll know I love my Greek breakfasts. In particular,…

Day 6: Milos to Sifnos

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Monday 7th September 2020 Reflections on Milos So, today is my last day on Milos. It’s hard to believe I’ve been here five nights already, it has absolutely flown by!…