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About Sifnos

Towards the western edge of the Cyclades, Sifnos is a tranquil island with an enchantingly laid-back atmosphere. There’s something special about the light here, illuminating sparkling seas framed by little harbours where boats bob in the water below strings of whitewashed villages, terraced olive and almond trees, and ridges crowned with wildflowers. Relaxed holidaymakers in search of seclusion will be delighted by this island — and by the peaceful, intimate character of the best places to stay on Sifnos.

Most attractions are clustered around the main town of Apollonia, where you’ll find shops, eateries and the interesting Folk Art Museum. In fact, Sifnos’ wealth originated from its gold and silver mining, which in turn revealed a clay which makes the beautiful pottery for which the island continues to be known. Don't miss popping it to the fascinating artisanal workshops, some of which offer classes and demonstrations, which continue to produce this traditional pottery.

For an insight into Sifnos’ rich past, visit the Mycenaean acropolis — just south of Apollonia — or venture to Kastro, the island’s medieval capital. Spot Roman sarcophagi and ancient columns built into the village’s lanes and residences as you wander up towards the hilltop for dazzling ocean views. The archaeological museum is also intriguing. Artemonas, another hilltop community, boasts the loveliest examples of white cubist Cycladic architecture. The striking Chrysopigi Monastery, close to inviting Chrysopigi beach, and the protected cove of Vathi beach are also local landmarks. Ramblers can follow ancient paths along the ridges, connecting one village — and, by extension, many of the best places to stay in Sifnos — to one another.

The Best Places to Stay in Sifnos

For Simple Charm

  • Petali Village Hotel has long been a favourite amongst well-to-do Athenians. There are just 11 laid-back guestrooms, with white tiled floors and marble bathrooms, and the superb restaurant is a real draw. The blue-painted shutters of the exterior, paired with bright flowering bougainvillea, are the stuff of many a Greek island postcard.
  • Kamaroti is a charming little guesthouse with whitewashed buildings tucked amidst picturesque olive groves. Unwind by the pool, savour fresh tapas with cocktails, or head down to the beach as a couple or with friends. Understated and well-priced, this is a lovely holiday base.

For Romance

  • Verina Astra, in the village of Artemonas, offers chic hillside suites with elegant interiors featuring natural materials and soothing, earthy tones. Romantic couples will adore sipping sunset cocktails with a view after days of relaxed yoga or sailing on the Aegean. Gorgeous.

For Families

  • Verina Terra offers a collection of minimalist maisonettes - many with space for families - set around a child-friendly swimming pool. Expect simple, whitewashed contemporary interiors with shaded private terraces and a muted colour palette. An indulgent yet family-friendly favourite.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.


  • Fly to Athens International Airport, and catch a connecting flight to Milos National Airport. You can hop aboard a short ferry from Milos to Sifnos. Alternatively, take a longer ferry from Athens' Piraeus Port to Sifnos.
  • There's plenty to see if you're happy to explore Sifnos independently! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Expect hot summers, with temperatures reaching around 30°C between June and August, which is also peak season. For fewer crowds and cooler weather travel in April, May or late September, when you can also find great hotel deals.



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Best Hotels in Sifnos

  • Petali Village Hotel Sifnos 23 rooms from £74

    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.
    Sea Views  -  From some rooms.
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    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. See More

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  • Kamaroti Sifnos 13 rooms from £78

    Back to Nature  -  Located within the Kál basin nature reserve
    Great walks  -  Stunning walking routes along the Aegean coastline.
    Local markets  -  Explore the charming markets of Sifnos.
    Restaurant  -  Tapa restaurant.
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    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. See More

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  • Verina Terra Sifnos 10 rooms from £95

    Beach Life  -  Located on the pretty island of Sifnos, close to endless sandy beaches, this hotel makes a great seaside getaway
    Families  -  The self-contained apartments are perfect for families travelling with children; kids love the hotel pool too
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the pared back feel to this hotel, with classic, Mediterranean interiors and comfortable beds
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Chrisopigi Monastery, a 16th-century church and landmark in Sifnos, renowned for its whitewashed exterior
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    This luxury hotel is located on the island of Sifnos. Choose between private rooms and self-contained apartments dressed in earthy tones with contrasting whitewashed walls; the best suites offer a separate living room and terrace. Unwind by the hotel pool before al fresco dining; a chic island stay. See More

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  • Verina Astra Cyclades, Sifnos 7 rooms from £194

    Sailing  -  Verina Astra can put you in touch with a number of tour companies that can take you sailing around the island
    Great walks  -  Head off on long hikes to truly appreciate the island's beauty
    Sights nearby  -  Go visit the Chrisopigi Monastery
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    Verina Astra is located in Artemonas Village on the island of Sifnos. It offers chic, independent villas with stylish rustic furnishings featuring plenty of wood and muted tones. Enjoy a cocktail at sunset with your fellow guests and marvel at the views! Divine infinity pool. Wonderfully romantic. See More

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