Laced with a distinct Cycladic flair, the Serifos Island is characterized by rugged mining sites, which house the Island’s key history. Experience the calm atmosphere that helps arouse your senses. Despite exhibiting wildland and arid characteristics (features), the Island comes with magnificent beaches that blend with the deep blue colours of the Aegean Sea.
The natives have chosen to maintain the Cycladic architectural tradition of building white and blue houses, which give the villages and towns a more dramatic look. Make sure you visit Serifos Chora, this picturesque is the Island’s capital, and due to its location on the slopes of a hill, you get to experience the full view of the Aegean Sea, making it the perfect place to enjoy your evening as you watch the sunset.
(The Capital of Serfos (Chora))
You will love the wide selection of beaches the Island of Serifos has to offer. Running from shingle, sandy, secluded to organized beaches, you will have ample privacy as you take a swim compared to other Cycladic counterparts. Visit Livadakia and Livadi beach. These are the most popular and the perfect for an afternoon swim under the hot Aegean sun.
Top things to do in Serifos
- Visit the Island’s Capital
Just 3 miles away from Livadi Harbour, Chora, the capital of Serifos can be found perched on a hillside. Chora is a very charming place for your leisure walks stemming from its scenic location, narrow streets, windmills, churches and plenty of whitewashed houses. If you look keenly enough, you will come across quaint museums as well as ruins of a Venetian Castle.
- Rekindle your spiritual life
(the Taxiarchion Monastery)
Serifos is home to an impressive 166 sanctuaries and churches, which are widely admired. One such establishment is the Taxiarchion Monastery 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 establishment. This Monastery also houses history 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 a wide selection of diving spots that you can interest yourself in. If you are an advanced diver, head down to Kalogeros Beach and get to see the shipwreck of a Spanish Cargo Steamship that lies at the floor of the sea. If you are a beginner, the Island will offer you adequate programs for beginners.
- Take a hike around Serifos
The key to knowing this excellent Cycladic Flair is exploring it by taking a walk on one of the numerous hiking trails. The trails, which can be steep or smooth, will lead you towards isolated settlements, small churches and multiple inland villages, where you will uncover the Island’s authentic charm and unique beauty.
What to eat
Get to enjoy a healthy serving of tasty Cycladic cuisine by the sea or within the whitewashed alleys of towns in this Aegean paradise.
- Enjoy a sumptuous Serifian cuisine at Marathoriza
This popular restaurant can be found in the lower part of Chora. The restaurant features a simple, small and narrow shape where you will get to experience 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.
- Have Japanese food at Soshimou
(nigiri (vinegared rice) with seafood sliced like sashimi)
Sushi in the Cycladic region will not taste it better than this. Soshimou is a local Taverna that serves you healthy Japanese cuisine ranging from Sushi to rise and Pasta. When you get here, tell the Resident Chef your budget, and he will whip you a serving of nigiri (vinegared rice) with seafood sliced like sashimi.
|Kalo Ampeli||Mega Leivadi|
|Platis Gialos||Koutala Bay|
|Vagia||Anchorage in Livadi|
|Megalo Livadi beach|