Sifnos – Places I loved
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.
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.
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!
Vathi Copyright Carla Coulson
This picture postcard church is at Vathy and you get the double whammy with water from both sides.
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.
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 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 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.
The transparent water always so difficult to leave Copyright 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.
Zoodochos Pigi Copyright Carla Coulson
Sifnos has 365 churches on the island and this is the big kahuna. In a spectacular setting..
Appollonia Copyright Carla Coulson
I was obsessed with this house and it’s simple entrance. I could imagine living here.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
“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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