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On the western edge of the Cyclades, Sifnos is one of the quieter, and yet somehow most enchanting islands in the group. The best places to stay in Sifnos reflect this peace and tranquility, you'll not find many large beach resorts here!
There's a wonderfully changeable light on Sifnos, and the seas sparkle brilliantly. Below the string of villages are olive terraces, almond trees and ridges rich with herbs and wildflowers. And below that bays, harbours and that sparkly blue water.
Whitewashed villages sit atop the island's spine and there are rustic foot-trails between them.
The main villages are clustered together around the capital, Apollonia. There are plenty of shops and tavernas here, and an interesting Folk Art Museum.
Artemonas, which is further up the hill, has the best examples of that white cubist Cycladic architecture.
But for something quite special visit, or stay in, Kastro, the island's medieval capital. Beautiful and unspoiled - complete with Roman sarcophagi and ancient columns built into some of the lanes and houses - this spot also has wonderful hilltop views. And a small archaeological museum.
Just south of Apollonia is a well excavated Mycenaean acropolis.
Most ferries land on the island's western side, which is the rugged, rocky side. The eastern side is greener, with a more gently undulating landscape, and this is where most of the best places to stay on Sifnos can be found.
If you're here for the beaches there are plenty of choices - in fact there's a blue flag beach right by the ferry terminal. But Vathi Beach is one of the best on the island - a long sweep of sandy, clear-watered bay. It's a public beach, so pop in anytime.
Sifnos's ancient wealth came from gold and silver mines, and the kind of clay which makes beautiful pottery. The mines have been mined out, but the island still produces some wonderful pottery. These days there's also a big market in basket weaving, and food. So if you want to learn to cook on a Greek island, this is the place to come!
Between October and Easter the island is pretty much closed for business, but in high season it fills up, so book early - including your ferry trip over.
- Sifnos is quite popular with well-to-do Athenians, and the Petali Village Hotel is one of the places they like to book up. There are only eleven rooms, and not a corner cut anywhere - from the white tiled floors and marble bathrooms to the added extras, like fluffy bathrobes and satellite TV. And the restaurant on the terrace is one of the best on the island.
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Best Hotels in Sifnos
Petali Village Hotel 23 rooms from $97Sifnos
Low rise traditional building spread over different levels on an unspoiled romantic island. Cosy rooms with beamed ceilings and draped four poster beds. Lovely flower filled gardens. Stunning panoramic sea views. An ideal sun filled hideaway.Total relaxation - Spend your days relaxing by the pool, on the terrace pastry shop or being massaged in your plush room.Sights nearby - Visit the neoclassic mansions, gardens and flowery courtyards in Artemonas.Sailing - Excursions on the hotel boat to surrounding beaches and islands.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Kamaroti 13 rooms from $103Sifnos
A charming guesthouse set amidst the Grecian olive groves. Kamaroti's rooms are simple and comfortable with patios that face out onto the Aegean sea. Enjoy a cocktail and tapas at the pool or venture down to the beach. Ideal for exploring the stunning coastlines on the island of Sifnos.Back to Nature - Located within the Kál basin nature reserveGreat walks - Stunning walking routes along the Aegean coastline.Local markets - Explore the charming markets of Sifnos.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor