Sifnos – Places I loved

Photo of beach and white houses Sifnos

Today I am very excited to share with you places to visit on the Greek Island of Sifnos!

When the oversized ferry dropped its giant door and let us off on another Greek Island the excitement was high, just the same as 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.

White greek church on Vathi beach sifnos photo by carla coulson

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!

white church on the greek island of sifnos

Vathi Copyright Carla Coulson

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

Zoodochos Pigi church on the greek island of sifnos by Carla Coulson

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 its own private rocky Island.

 boat in the water and tavern on Cheronnosis beach sifnos by Carla Coulson

 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.

 Francesco and Octopus drying at Faros Beach tavern on greek island of Sifnos

 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.

The port from Saint Eliseus monastery sifnos photo by Carla Coulson

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

Photo of Appollonia from Kato Petali on greek island of Sifnos by Carla Coulson

 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.

places to visit on the Greek Island of Sifnos white stone Entrance to  Zoodochos Pigi monastery on the island of Sifnos

 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.

Pink bougainvillea shade cover Artemonas sifnos by Carla Coulson

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

ceramic workshop places to visit on the Greek Island of Sifnos

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.

And of course just being in Greece makes you enjoy their love of life and teaches you about Kefi.

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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I hope you enjoyed these lovely places to visit on the Greek Island of Sifnos

“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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Maria Vakkas
Maria Vakkas
10 years ago

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 !

10 years ago

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…

10 years ago

Oh so gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing. Greece is on our bucket list… Just gotta move it up after Iceland!

10 years ago

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

Peggy Braswell
10 years ago

so beautiful + “lets go” is my middle name when it comes to traveling to different places.

10 years ago

Lovely work!

10 years ago

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
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.

Margaret Hogan
10 years ago

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

10 years ago

Far too beautiful to leave! What gorgeous days. X

10 years ago

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

La Contessa
10 years ago

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!

8 months ago

Hello, love this blog. We are going to Sifnos in June. Would you mind sharing where the first photo is from?