Bonjour mes petits dreamers,
After a few days in Sifnos, it was time to discover another hidden Greek treasure. Serifos! Similar to Sifnos, Serifos is off the beaten tourist track and has a very relaxed vibe compared to some other Greek islands.
When we first arrived at the port of Livadi we noticed the amazing landscape of the island that remains pretty much untouched and the impressive positing of the main town Chora (Serifos Town) that is perched on the top of a steep hill. So our first day of exploring was spent making our way up that steep hill, discovering the ruins of the Venetian Castle and making our way to the top. We found ourselves standing among the remains of the old Venetian castle that was once a grand fortress built in the 13th century to protect the community from pirates.
As we made our way closer and closer to the top passing through small streets lined with typically Cycladic whitewashed cubed shaped houses, we finally arrived at the top. It is here I realise what those pirates were after as the view of the island is spectacular! It was a beautiful clear day and as you look across you can spot the surrounding Cycladic islands including Milos, Kimolos and Kythnos and our beloved Sifnos. The church of Agios Ioannis Theologos owns this prime real estate and making our way up was easily one of the most memorable moments of the island, although my legs did burn a little the following day.
The following days were spent exploring the island’s incredible beaches that we had sighted from the top of the hill. There are 72 beaches to explore on the island and although I like to think of myself as ambitious, I knew visiting each was not realistic given that we only had a few days. Lucky for us we were staying at Hotel Rizes, modern and chic. The architecture combines natural stone and white washed walls boasting a huge terrace with beautiful views over the valley and bay where you can relax on a sun bed by the swimming pool. The vibe of the Hotel is super relaxed and unpretentious and made even more comfortable because of the extremely friendly owner Elena, who told us all about the island and made sure everything about our stay at the hotel was perfect.
The hotel is perfectly located right next to Psili Ammos. The name means fine sand and well, that is exactly what you’ll find. White sand and shallow clear turquoise blue waters surrounded by rocky cliffs with hardly a person in sight. Truly an island paradise.
After lazy days at the beach, we indulged in traditional Greek cuisine. The food in Serifos is typically Cycladic and the seafood is to die for and I highly recommend the Calma Seaside Restaurant, a traditional tavern on the beach where you will sit with your feet in the sand and eat the most amazing seafood. Another great place to eat if you’re near the port is the Porto Vecchio where we enjoyed our last meal on the island.
When travelling we like to try something a bit different. In Sifnos we drank ouzo and made magnificent handcrafted clay mugs so in Serifos we decided to take a boat trip with Serifos Scuba Divers to see the island from a different perspective and learn more about the island’s history.
The boat trip was another highlight of our time on Serifos as you cover ground that you usually wouldn’t have time for if you’re only here for a short stay.
Beautiful beaches and wild landscape, where life is never rushed and the locals are warm and welcoming. Just perfect!
We travelled to Serifos with Hellenic Seaways.
We stayed at the luxurious Rizes Hotel.
We ate delicious seafood barefoot at the Calma Seaside Restaurant in Livadi.
We got around the Island on our trusty scooter hired at Blue Bird Rent a Car.
We were guided around the city by the lovely Katerina Sgourdaiou and Makis Antonakopoulos.
Our highlight, a boat trip with Serifos Scuba Divers to see the Island from a different perspective.
Our Serifos “must see”. The view from The church of Agios Ioannis Theologos at the top of Serifos town.
We reminisced about our trip to Greece over dinner and slept well at the Sofitel Athens Airport.
We flew home to Paris on Aegean Airlines with great tans.
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