Serifos is one of the few Cycladic islands to maintain its raw beauty and wild landscapes despite the fact that it’s only 2 hours away from Athens. The variety of dreamy beaches with emerald waters will surprise you, as well as the numerous hiking trails which cross the whole island (even though big part of the land is not inhabited). An ideal destination, if you are looking for relaxing vacations with plenty of gastronomic choices.
I visited the island few weeks ago to attend the wedding of my best friend. Although the time i had was limited, I still got the chance to discover the top places and make suggestions of what you need to visit shall you ever spend a weekend on Serifos.
Are you into endless sandy coasts with emerald waters or looking for something more secluded and adventurous among rocks ? On Serifos you will find all types of different beaches to suit all tastes, whether you prefer comfort with sun-beds and umbrellas or small peaceful unorganised paradises. But since you only have 48hrs, don’t miss the chance to visit Vagia beach, famous for its spectacular sea bottom. I didn’t want to get out of the water and totally loved swimming there. The great thing is that it’s easy to access it by car and you will find some (not many) sun-beds, umbrellas and a cantine.
Agios Sostis beach is another must go. Quite popular among the younger crowds not only for its water but for its picturesque bay. Honestly, this place is so instagramable! It does require a 10 min walk to the beach though and some prep in advance as there is neither cantine nor umbrellas, so be ready!
If you are an adventure seeker and you want to enjoy the calmness of a less crowded beach make sure you visit Kalo Ampeli. It takes a bit of effort to arrive because you have to walk around 20 mins through a path but eventually you will be rewarded with a unique view and an unforgettable sunset. Of course less crowds it means that this beach is not organised at all so bring a lot of water with you.
Majority of the restaurants and taverns of Serifos are located in Hora or the port. Of course, you will want to try the local cuisine once you are there so the best place to do so is ”Marathoriza” at the beginning of Chora. The place is relatively small, perhaps a reservation is required if you are big group.
Once at Hora, it’s highly recommended to visit the cafe/breakfast place/tavern ‘‘tou Stratou” at the central square. The menu variety is big for all meals throughout the day. I had breakfast and tried their special dish”Strapatsada” (a different kind of omelette) and trust me it was over the top delicious!
At the port there are also many choices for food. Should you want to taste seafood ,by the sea then there is no better place than ”Thalami”.
Not too far away from Livadi, in an idyllic location you will find the restaurant “Aloni”. Famous for it’s nice terrace overlooking the port of the island , you can enjoy the traditional dishes while watching the most beautiful sunset.
The captivating capital of Serifos, Hora, is ranked among the most impressive villages of the Cycladic complex. Perched on a cliff, numerous paths and trails are crossing it. And if you follow them and climb up at the top of the hill you will discover the little church of Agios Konstantinos. The panoramic view from there is breathtaking, it will leave you speechless and of course it will reward you for all the effort to climb up there.
It’s worth mentioning that the best way to discover the hidden beauty spots of the island is through hiking its numerous trails. A quite popular and pleasant activity, maybe excluding the hottest months of the year unless you are a morning type. Either way there are about 8 hikes on Serifos which are very well signposted and a perfect opportunity to see little chapels, the old mines, deserted villages and possibly discover hidden beaches.