The best things to do on Serifos Island

Serifos is a small, authentic, untouched and wild island in the Cyclades island complex, which is located in a close distance to Athens (only 2 hours by boat). This is why the island is an excellent destination for a short summer break, and why the Athenians choose it for weekends or even daytrips. However, Serifos can also be a perfect spot for longer vacations because on the island, you have many things to do, but at the same time, you can sit back and relax.

The highlight of Serifos is its Chora, a picturesque Cycladic town, which is constructed on the slopes of an impressive hill. Its location guarantees a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea, where you can take a lot of photos. Enjoy there the whitewashed houses and the narrow pebbled streets, which are the most distinctive feature of the Chora, and have the opportunity to feel the romantic atmosphere of the sunset, which gives the scenery a pink reflection that no one can forget. In Chora, you should visit the ruins of the Venetian Castle, the Archaeological and the Folklore Museum as well as the church of Agios Athanasios with the nice square in front of it.

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In Serifos, you can also swim in crystal waters and lie on astonishing beaches. The island is very famous for its coasts, which are considered among the best beaches in Greece. Agios Sostis, Ganema, Livadakia, Psili Ammos, Sikamia and Kalo Ampeli build a wonderful landscape that is typically Greek and Cycladic. Agios Sostis is the most impressive beach of the island due to the small white church on the edge of the cliff and the fact that there are actually two beaches, one on the northern and one on the southern side.

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Livadakia, Ganema and Psili Ammos are sandy beaches with azure waters and trees that provide shadow. You can find there a tavern to eat or drink something, but only Livadakia, which is located near to the port, has additional tourism facilities. Sikamia is the most secluded coast of Serifos, and therefore, it is ideal for total isolation and relaxing. It is sandy and pebbly with some trees. Kalo Ampeli is one of the quietest and most private beaches in Serifos because you have to cover the final distance on foot. If you love nature and hiking, this walk (about 20 minutes) is amazing, and the view will recompense you.

serifos psili ammos

Don’t forget to visit the Old Mines of the island. Serifos was once home to a mining industry that thrived, but presently, there are no mining works. In Megalo Livadi, you can visit the memorial of the strikers, who lost their lives in 1919 because they asked for better working conditions and an eight-hour work per day rule. In the area, you can also follow the mining trail and walk among rusty old cars, train tracks and broken rail car bridges.

serifos old mines