Surrounded with the distinct Cycladic beauty, Serifos Island is characterized by rugged mining sites, which are reminders of the sland’s main history. Experience the calm atmosphere that triggers your senses. Besides its wildland and arid features, the island has magnificent beaches that blend with the deep blue colours of the Aegean Sea.
The locals have chosen to maintain the Cycladic architectural tradition of building whitewashed houses with bright blue doors and windows, which give the villages and towns a more impressive look. Visit Serifos Chora, this picturesque town is the island’s capital, and due to its location on the slopes of the hill, you get to experience the full view of the Aegean Sea, making it the perfect place to enjoy your evening as you admire the sunset.
Chora the Capital of Serifos
You will love all the beaches of Serifos. Ranging from pebblled, sandy, secluded to organized beaches, you will have ample privacy as you swim compared to other Cycladic counterparts. Visit Livadakia and Livadi beach. These are the most popular and perfect for an afternoon swim under the hot Aegean sun.
Top things to do in Serifos
- Visit Chora
Just 3 miles away from Livadi harbour, Chora, the capital of Serifos is perched on the hillside. Chora is a very charming place for your leisure walks in its narrow streets, admiring the windmills, churches and plenty of whitewashed houses. If you go farther, you will come across quaint museums as well as the ruins of a Venetian Castle.
- Rekindle your spiritual life
The Monastery of Taxiarches
In Serifos, there are approximately 166 sanctuaries and churches, which are much admired. One such place is the Monastery of Taxiarches near the small village on Galani. The Monastery was build in the 16th century and was dedicated to Michael and Gabriel (Michail and Gavriil), who are the island’s patron saints. Apart from serving as a religious place this Monastery also displays historical and magnificent relics of the 18th century.
- Go for a dive in the calm, turquoise waters of the Aegean.
Similar to other islands in the Cyclades, Serifos has plenty of diving spots that may interest you. If you are an advanced diver, head down to Kalogeros beach and explore the shipwreck of a Spanish Cargo Steamship that lies at the sea floor. If you are a beginner, the island offers facilities for adequate dives for beginners.
- Go hiking around Serifos
The key to exploring this excellent Cycladic paradise on foot. Follow one of the numerous trekking trails. The trails, whether steep or smooth, will lead you towards remote and isolated, small churches and multiple inland villages, where you discover the island’s authentic charm and unique beauty.
What to eat
Enjoy a healthy dish of tasty Cycladic cuisine by the sea or within the whitewashed alleys of towns in this Aegean paradise.
- Enjoy the sumptuous Serifian cuisine at ‘Marathoriza’
This popular restaurant is in the lower part of Chora. The restaurant is simple, small and narrow where you savor hearty dishes slowly cooked in traditional ceramic pots such as the shrimp saganaki, baked fava beans or the slow-cooked lamb. The lamb in this restaurant is unbelievably tasty.
- Why not try Japanese food at’ Soshimou’
nigiri (vinegared rice) with seafood sliced like sashimi
Sushi in the Cyclades? Yes! And will not taste any better than this one here. Soshimou is a local restaurant that serves healthy Japanese cuisine ranging from sushi to rice and pasta. When you arrive there, tell the chef your budget, and he will whip up a portion of nigiri (vinegared rice) with seafood sliced like sashimi.
|Kalo Ampeli||Mega Leivadi|
|Platis Gialos||Koutala Bay|
|Vagia||Anchorage in Livadi|
|Megalo Livadi beach|