Overview of Serifos
In two words, Serifos is 100% Cyclades. A typical Greek island of the famous complex, with laid-back and friendly atmosphere, where everything is kept in balance, despite its popularity (it is a favorite weekend getaway for the Athenians). Serifos, home of the mythic Perseus (the hero who killed Medousa), is barren and rocky. However, the island’s south part is an ecological protected area, while it features a wonderful coastline of more than 40 beaches (mostly sandy and unexpectedly pristine).
Serifos has a very long and well-known mining tradition since antiquity. The miners’ bloody strike in 1916 marked the island’s contemporary history and the remains of this industry are among the top sights here. The island is small and therefore easy to explore: You arrive at the port of Livadi, the number one touristic resort, located in a beautiful bay. This settlement provides most of the island’s facilities, plus some good nightlife choices.
However, the truth is that the spotlight is on the capital Chora, one of the prettiest in the Greek islands and also a fine example of Serifos’ traditional Cycladic architecture. Amphitheatrically built, it consists of two districts, Pano and Kato Chora, and features restored windmills, the picturesque main square with the landmark neoclassical Town Hall, churches and of course the venetian castle that overlooks the island. This spot together with the remote church of Agios Konstantinos at the top of the hill, offer some of the most breathtaking views of the Aegean. Serifos can easily seduce you without even trying hard about it: It’s all a matter of cool, minimal charm.
: One of most scenic beaches on Serifos. It consists of two small coves, one of which is wind-protected. It’s quiet, with sand and shingles, crystalline waters and no facilities. : Popular beach with golden sand, clean waters, tamarisk trees and many facilities. It is located next to the port of Livadi (and its crowded beach Avlomonas), at the island’s camping site. If you fancy a more isolated cove, you can walk towards the neighboring beach of Karavi (non-organized and nudist friendly). : One of the longest beaches on Serifos, a northern one and therefore exposable to winds. It is a beautiful sandy and pebbly seashore with blue-green waters, a few trees and a tavern. It’s secluded and very tranquil. : Azure waters, golden sand and tamarisk trees that provide nice shadow make this beach one of the island’s most beautiful and serene. It is located at Koutalas bay, next to the beach of Vagia (similar in looks, but treeless). Some taverns are available in the area. : A long, sandy beach with lovely shallow waters, a few trees and many amenities. It can get windy and it’s also favored by yachts.
: The coastal settlements of Megalo Livadi and Koutalas are deeply associated with the island’s long and turbulent mining history. The sights of the region include the remains of the old mine facilities, the impressive mining ladder, the former head quarters of the company who exploited the area, as well as the memorial dedicated to the workers who lost their lives during the great miners’ strike in 1916, claiming better working conditions. : It takes less than an hour to reach the nearby cosmopolitan Sifnos, one of the most popular Greek islands. : Hiking is highly recommended in the island’s well-marked routes (try the most popular trail: Chora-Kastro-Livadi). Cycling, diving, windsurfing, sailing and fishing are also on the agenda. : In Serifos you can have marathotiganites (fennel pancakes), sun dried tomatoes, revithada (chickpeas baked in the oven with rosemary), fava (also made of chickpeas), xinomyzithra cheese and louza (type of sausage). : At the area of Koutalas, you can also see the Hellenistic Lefkos Pyrgos (White Tower), the remains of the Gria Castle and the throne of the Cyclops (known as Psaropyrgos). Also, the cave of Cyclops (Cave Koutalas), a former ancient religious centre, with remarkable stalactites and stalagmites. : A monument of great architectural and religious value, situated close to the village of Galini. This fortified monastery was built in 1572 and it’s dedicated to Serifos’ patron saints, Michail and Gavriil. It features beautiful 18th c frescoes and other important relics.
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