Greek island of Sifnos

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in Greece: Athens & the Greek isles, Travel with Karen | 0 comments

Greek island of Sifnos

Welcome to the quiet island of Sifnos.  A small, hilly island popular with walkers and known for its pottery, poets, and chefs, Sifnos offers charming villages to explore, and terraced countryside dotted with ancient towers to roam.  In ancient times, Sifnos was renowned for its gold mines.  The islanders paid yearly homage to the Delphic sanctuary of Apollo with a solid gold egg.  One year they sent a gilded rock instead, incurring Apollo’s curse.  The gold mines were flooded, and the island became ruined; and from then on was known as sifnos, meaning “empty.”

sifnosVillages of white-washed houses await exploration, while countryside drives promise terraces of olive groves and wild thyme.

Going truly local to experience Greek island life as an “insider,” you have the unique opportunity to reside in your own home (considering this is a tour).  The five independent apartments in which we will stay are located in the village of Apollonia, and were built by our hosts Stavros and Sarah.  The name of the apartments takes its name from the Greek word meaning olive grove, and the apartments were designed to incorporate the existing olive trees, which are still harvested today for their olive oil.  The five independent houses, built in traditional Cycladic style, are positioned in a quiet but central location amongst the olive terraces and gardens

sifnos apartmentsThe white entrance path leading to the apartments nestled amongst olive trees

The apartments are decorated in a serene, almost monastic style echoing the Greek way.  Each apartment features a one bedroom with a queen-sized bed, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, air-conditioning and separate living/dining room with stone sofa beds.  Each apartment has at least one large private veranda with superb views of either the Aegean Sea or the villages and mountains surrounding Apollonia.  The apartments are a short 5-10 minute walk to Apollonia’s restaurants, shops and bars.

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Stairs leading to a home in Apollonia

Agios AndreasThe Archaeological site of Agios Andreas reveals an ancient Mycenaean acropolis.
Its stark white church of the same name rises above the ruins.

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The tranquil beach at the village of Vathy ~ the enclosed bay looks out to the island of Kimolos

fishing village of HeronissosRemote fishing village of Heronissos ~ the edge of the world

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Dine on the water at a restaurant owned by a family of fishermen