Sifnos - Places I loved - Carla Coulson
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Sifnos – Places I loved

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 All Photos Copyright Carla Coulson

When the oversized ferry dropped it’s giant door and let us off on another Greek Island the excitement was high, just the same as the the first time I put my big toe on a Greek Island.

Love rush is an understatement for how I feel about Greece and the Cycladic Island of Sifnos is now one of my new favourites.

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Cheronnisos Beach Copyright Carla Coulson

Sifnos is surrounded by crystal clear water and if you love swimming as much as I do this is a real TREAT! Old fashioned beaches that look like they belong in a 70’s postcard abound and I imagine if you go out of season they would almost be deserted.

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Vathi Beach Copyright Carla Coulson

We were so excited about Vathi beach and it’s tavern we were literally the only ones on it at 9am and camped under the tables to be sure we wouldn’t miss out on a lunch spot. I LOVED this tavern where you sit under the tamarind trees with your toes in the sand. The  food was amazing. I ate enough big beans to start sprouting!

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Vathi Copyright Carla Coulson

This picture postcard church is at Vathy and you get the double whammy with water from both sides.

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Zoodochos Pigi Copyright Carla Coulson

Now the Greeks know about building beautiful monasteries and they seem to like to build them in out of the way places, hanging off cliffs, perched on boulders or as in Sifnos’s case on it’s own private rocky Island.

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 Cheronnosis beach Copyright Carla Coulson

Loved this beach and the tavern that runs along the mini dock. Yep loved this tavern so much (not pictured) I was almost sleeping under the tables here too! Didn’t want to miss out on a seat at lunch.

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 Francesco and Friends at Faros Beach Copyright Carla Coulson

You will be forgiven for thinking we passed our entire time eating (well we almost did). We pledged to try as many taverns as possible and that came true! On the rocks at Faros was another fave.

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The port from Saint Eliseus Copyright Carla Coulson

The Port from  Saint Eliseus up on the hill. Looks like I was in a plane but just trying not to be blown off the cliff whilst taking this pic.

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 The transparent water always so difficult to leave Copyright Carla Coulson

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 Appollonia from Kato Petali Copyright Carla Coulson

I love walking the old paths that once connected the villages before the roads were built. This pic was taken on the path from Appollonia to Kato Petali.

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 Zoodochos Pigi Copyright Carla Coulson

Sifnos has 365 churches on the island and this is the big kahuna. In a spectacular setting..

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 Appollonia Copyright Carla Coulson

I was obsessed with this house and it’s simple entrance. I could imagine living here.

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Artemonas Copyright Carla Coulson

And here. Now if that isn’t the best bouganvillea I have ever seen!! Love Artemonas a combo of village houses and big neoclassical homes with large gardens and lemon trees.. Divine. Definately would stay in this village next time.

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 Figs Kato Petali Copyright Carla Coulson

Gawd was having daydreams of living on this island and drying my own figs in the sun. Ate kilos from the trees along the roads

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Ceramic Factory Vathi Beach Copyright Carla Coulson

This is one of the old ceramic factories in Sifnos up the end to the left of Vathi beach. I now drink my morning coffee out of the sweetest coffee cups this man and his son made.

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 Kittycat Copyright Carla Coulson

And the greatest thing about leaving your beloved cat at home is wherever you go in Greece you are reminded of him. Cats everywhere and I loved this little guy at the shop in Vathi.

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 Francesco Copyright Carla Coulson

There is a saying in Greece ‘una faccia una razza’ (which is actually Italian) which means ‘One Race One Face’. The Mediterranean has seen so many exchanges of culture through the centuries that it has become one place. When Francesco is in Greece they speak to him in Greek and he gets that inner glow of happiness to think the Greeks believe he belongs to their great country. Not sure if he is blowing me a kiss or ready to break the lens!

What to do in Sifnos:

Stay:  In the fabulous village of Artemonas with it’s neoclassical homes and lovely gardens. Divine village

Swim: At Vathi behind the church, At Cheronnosis and the beach on the left before you arrive. Faros is lovely too

Eat: Gawd you can almost go anywhere on this island but don’t miss Manolis Tavern under the tamarind trees Vathi. Don’t miss the tavern at Cheronnosis that flanks the water. Fabulous.

Shop: Almond sweets! The island is famous for the beautiful sweets and Artemonas is the home to three great shops. The oldest one is after the square on the path coming from Appollonia. Ceramics.. Sifnos is famous for it’s beautiful ceramics and there are many shops in Kamares and Appollonia.

See: The villages on foot, take the path to Artemonas from Appollonia and also the villages of Kato Petali and Exambela. Beautiful.. Oh and as many of the 365 churches on the island.

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“Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea.??? Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba The Greek

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11 Comments
  • Maria Vakkas

    Thank you Carla for such a fitting tribute to Sifnos. The natural beauty of the island and its people have left their mark on so many of us. Your photos capture all that it offers and evoke that 70s nostalgia that is do rare these days. On a wet and wild evening on the other side of the world your photos and memories transport me to the Aegean and for that I thank you.
    P.S. that house on the water in Cheronnisos is on the top of my list should I ever win the lottery !

    September 27, 2013 at 1:39 pm
  • Thank you very much for sharing another fabulous vacation idea. Sounds delicious. How such a beauty can be compatible with a brutal word crisis? A blessed land…

    September 27, 2013 at 4:05 pm
  • Oh so gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing. Greece is on our bucket list… Just gotta move it up after Iceland!

    September 27, 2013 at 4:54 pm
  • Natalia

    Breathtakingly beautiful and inviting. Nothing can beat deserted beaches when all the tourists have left.

    September 27, 2013 at 4:57 pm
  • so beautiful + “lets go” is my middle name when it comes to traveling to different places. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

    September 27, 2013 at 5:29 pm
  • Lovely work!

    September 27, 2013 at 9:27 pm
  • Ali

    Sifnos looks stunning!
    I adore Greece and was back last year for my honeymoon, my husband and I met in Mykonos so it is a very special place for us. I know you are a cat lover, so I thought I’d mention that Mykonos is currently experiencing a real problem with stray cats. They were everywhere and many were sick, injured or diseased. In the winter months the locals leave rat poison in the areas where the tourists fed them during the summer months and this is their method of controlling the population of cats – I was horrified when I learnt this.
    Sadly a lot of corruption at the Mykonos town hall means that there are no funds left for an official animal shelter but there is one woman, Sharon Graham, who has dedicated her life to trying to help the cats (and dogs) of Mykonos.
    If you have tIme, check out her facebook page, she needs all the help she can get https://www.facebook.com/groups/mykonosanimals/?fref=ts
    Sad that there is a dark side to the beauty of Greek islands like Mykonos but with support of animal loving tourists and local education on animal welfare, hopefully the cycle of animal neglect can be broken in many idyllic Greek islands like Mykonos.

    September 27, 2013 at 11:37 pm
  • Got to share this one Carla. We have a group of friends in Bathurst, a bit older than us, who adore this island too. They’ll love these shots I’m sure. I bought a bougainvillea during the week in the vain hope that it might survive our winters. At worst we’ll have a little taste of Sifnos over summer. x

    September 28, 2013 at 4:30 am
  • Far too beautiful to leave! What gorgeous days. X

    September 29, 2013 at 4:56 pm
  • Thank you for whisking me away to such a stunning place. The Vathi beach with the church at the edge of the water captivated me. Wanna be there now, this very minute, and stay a few months at least. xxxx

    September 29, 2013 at 5:36 pm
  • He is definitely blowing YOU a kiss!
    That water would be very hard to leave for me too!Love the idea you can walk the ancient paths from village to village!
    Just magical………I wonder if I will ever get there GREECE to see the wonder!

    September 29, 2013 at 6:09 pm