Bonjour mes petits dreamers,
This summer my husband @frenchnakedchef and I went to Sifnos in Greece, a true Cycladic island you will find on the western side of the Cyclades. Sifnos is one of Greece’s “best kept secrets”. Known for its traditional Cycladic architecture, incredible secluded beaches, crystal waters, blue-domed churches spread across the countryside and charming villages with whitewashed houses.
From the moment we arrived on the island at the port of Kamares it was exactly as we’d imagined every Greek Island to look like. The streets were lined with adorable outdoor cafes running along the water’s edge with an array of moored colorful fishing boats. It is here at the port that you will find everything you need to be able to plan how to get yourself around to explore the island with car and bike rentals.
Our first port of call was checking into our hotel, Verina Astra, where we were greeted by Miltos who knew the island like the back of his hand and was more than happy to point us in the right direction and give us a few friendly tips and some advice about what to see and do on this beautiful island he called home.
For the next few days we meandered our way along ancient stone paths and secret stairways amongst olive trees and the orchards exploring the beaches and popping into every other little church along the way. The island is home to 365 churches (one for every day of the year). The most picturesque place in Sifnos is the Medieval village of Kastro, the old capital of the island, with distinctive Venetian architecture and gorgeous views to the sea. Another unmissable spot in Sifnos is the church of the Seven Martyrs, a small white chapel with blue dome, constructed on top of a rock by the sea. This church is found at the entrance of Kastro village and is the most photographed corner of the island. We were totally shocked to be exploring this beautiful paradise virtually alone; only bumping into one or two other tourists throughout the day and waking up each morning to the most beautiful panoramic views across the ocean from our hotel, dining alongside the sea, eating delicious local produce by night and meeting friendly locals around every corner who were more than happy to point us in the direction of their favourite secluded beach or tavern.
We decided we wanted to discover a bit more about the artisans of the Island as Sifnos is famous for its beautiful pottery, so we booked a lesson and got our hands dirty at the pottery workshop of Loannis Apostolides in Kamares. We chatted for hours about the local history of the island, ate peaches that he had picked from his tree out the back and drank his home made ouzo (no trip to Greece would be complete without trying it). We eventually got around to attempting to make our own creations and testing out his pottery wheel. I’d had high hopes for a perfectly formed hand crafted mug but after a few shots of ouzo it wasn’t meant to be. Loannis was so kind he even sent our mugs later to Paris, as we were leaving the island that afternoon and our masterpieces needed to go into the ceramic kiln to be finished. I don’t think they were worth the cost of the postage but he insisted he wanted us to have them to remember the island, so I couldn’t refuse. This simple gesture pretty much sums up the whole feeling of Sifnos for me and is why we had such an amazing time. Good company, fresh peaches, ouzo and my very own hand crafted coffee mug. What more could I want!
We travelled to Greece with Aegeanair.com and they fly from 11 French cities to 5 Greek destinations.
We crossed the seas from Athems to Sifnos with https://www.seajets.gr/en/ by booking a ticket departing from Piraeus Port.
We stayed at the best hotel in Serifs the Verina Astra.
We ate the delicious traditional Sifnian recipes with a modern twist at the Cayenne Restaurant.
We drank Havana Club rhum with 20 cats at the Castro bar.
We got our hands dirty at the pottery workshop of Loannis Apostolides in Kamares.
We were guided by Anna Graikou who can also take you on a hiking tour off the beaten track to discover more of the island.
Our highlight: swimming off the rocks in the crystal blue sea below Verina Hotel.