The architecture of this atmospheric medieval settlement, once the island’s capital, is breath-taking. Go through one of its low entrances, explore the maze-like lanes crammed with houses, and admire the impressive marble sarcophagi scattered throughout the village, before enjoying the fabulous view of the Aegean from the 6th-century-BC acropolis.
The Monastery of Our Lady of the Golden Spring
Dedicated to the patron saint of Sifnos, this emblematic white monastery dating from the 17th century stands on two sides of a rock divided by a fissure and joined by an arched bridge. Don’t miss the church’s superb stone icon screen and the monastic cell where distinguished personalities have stayed, including the poet and writer Aristomenis Provelengios.
Our Lady of the Mountain
Perhaps the most important and attractive church on the island, built in 1813, was furnished with items donated by the Sifnian community of Constantinople. Its courtyard has a marvellous view of Platis Yialos beach and the islands of Kimolos and Polyaigos.
This gorgeous village is notable for its beautiful neoclassical mansions with wonderful courtyards, picturesque churches, and a relaxing atmosphere. Look out for the family home of the poet Ioannis Gryparis.
The Church of the Seven Martyrs
This tiny architectural jewel, perched on a rock surrounded by the sea, makes a perfect picture-postcard image. Admire it for yourself by descending the numerous steps on the stone path from Kastro.
The Mycenaean Citadel of Agios Andreas
This important archaeological site has received a Europa Nostra award for its exemplary presentation of cultural heritage. Explore the majestic ruins of the 12th-century-BC Mycenaean wall, the remains of houses, and the iconic church of Saint Andrew, built in 1701, with its panoramic views.
Towers of Sifnos
The 76 towers standing on the hills and slopes of the island are called phryctoriae and are part of an ancient signalling system dating from the 6th to the 3rd century BC. On the eve of the Feast Day of the Holy Spirit, dozens of volunteers light fires on the towers in a revival of the ancient method of communication. The White Tower at Platis Yialos, the Black Tower at Exambela, and the Katavati Tower in the village of the same name are particularly worth seeing.
Ancient trails of Sifnos
The famous Sifnos trails form a 200-km network of routes that cover the whole island. At every step, travellers discover an extraordinary world of farm buildings, pigeon houses, chapels, towers, and windmills.