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Where to Stay in Sifnos – 6 BEST AREAS

Dive into the definitive guide to Sifnos' hidden stays! Uncover top hotels and discover the island's best-kept secret spots to rest and rejuvenate.
Where to stay in Sifnos

Looking for that dreamy spot to drop your bags on Sifnos? Let’s set off together on this journey to uncover the six most tempting areas to stay. I’ll sprinkle in my favorite sights, activities, and handpicked hotel suggestions for each spot.

Sifnos is a culinary heaven, a theater of cultural events, and a wonderland for entertainment. With its medieval tales and charm, the island promises to keep you hooked throughout your stay.

And here’s a secret – Sifnos is fast becoming a buzzing tourist hotspot, especially during those summer days when Athenians flock here for a taste of serenity. Dive into its crystal-clear waters, indulge in the freshest seafood, and there’s a chance you’ll never want to leave. Trust me!

But, remember, Sifnos is an intimate gem. Don’t come expecting wild adventures or long expeditions. Whether you’re lovebirds looking for romance, youngsters after some fun, families searching for bonding time, or lone backpackers seeking peace, Sifnos has a rhythm for everyone – simultaneously serene, romantic, and lively.

A little anecdote? During my own getaway to Sifnos, I settled in at Platis Gialos, in the exquisite Margaritari Studios Sifnos (⭐ 9.6). Classic me, we had delayed our booking and missed out on options in Apollonia or Kamares. But, no regrets! The island is compact, and we had our wheels. Our studio was a blend of beauty and tradition, with the cherry on top being its proximity to the beach. And kudos to Mrs. Sofia for being such a gracious host!

1. Apollonia, best area to stay in Sifnos for first time

If you’re setting foot on Sifnos for the first time, let me steer you towards this delightful gem. Nestled since the 6th century BC—thanks to Greek settlers from Corfu—Apollonia gracefully holds the title of Sifnos’ contemporary capital. And what’s in a name? Quite a bit! “A town dedicated to Apollo” the name whispers.

Perched on the slopes of three hills and made up of quaint hamlets, Apollonia offers more than just a place to rest your head. Roam its cobbled streets, and let its traditional architecture, with those pristine whitewashed walls, sweep you off your feet.

If you’re making Sifnos your home for a while, Apollonia is the obvious choice. Everything you need—from post offices and banks to the island’s main transport services—gravitates here.

And oh, the churches! From Panagia of Barou to the transformative Metamorphosis of the Savior, they’re a glimpse into another world. Pro tip: Don’t miss the Prophet Elias Monastery, standing proudly near the city.

For a dash of culture, the Folklore Museum beckons with tales of myths and history. And if art tickles your fancy, the Prokou Foundation has got you covered with summer exhibitions.

But if sightseeing isn’t your cup of Greek coffee, just lose yourself in Apollonia’s alleys. You’ll stumble upon charming shops flaunting baked goods and artisanal wares. And for those who come alive at night? I’ve got good news. Clubs like Cozi and Argo are the go-to summer hotspots, especially in August.

Most of Apollonia’s buzz lies on its central narrow street, sprinkled with bars, restaurants, and shops. And while the heart of the town isn’t lapped by waves, the Aegean Sea isn’t far. Many accommodations here boast balconies with stellar Aegean views, and sun-soaked beaches are just a short drive or stroll away.

So, if you’re chasing that classic Cycladic vibe but want a less crowded alternative to Santorini or Mykonos, Apollonia on Sifnos is your ticket. Trust me, it’s an experience you won’t forget!

Best hotels in Apollonia

2. Kamares, best area to stay in Sifnos on a budget

View of Kamares
View of Kamares

Sifnos’ heartwarming port, a coastal gem tucked into a lush valley. If you sail into Sifnos, it’s the first embrace of the island, welcoming you with open arms.

In the lap of Kamares, you’ll find a spread of authentic seaside hotels. I’ve always had a soft spot for those with a clear view of the horizon. But here’s a little tip: during the tourist season, they get snapped up quickly. Make your move early!

Thinking of a family jaunt to Sifnos? Kamares is your spot. Spacious apartments and homes for rent are plentiful and often won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

Best hotels in Kamares

3. Platys Gialos, best area to stay in Sifnos for families

Journeying to the island’s southern edge, you’ll stumble upon Platys Gialos. Imagine a hidden jewel that’s just itching for you to unveil its charm.

Its name doesn’t deceive – Platys Gialos flaunts one of the most expansive (and in my opinion, finest) beaches in all of Sifnos. Over 1000 meters of sandy embrace awaits. And trust me, the sight of yachts anchoring off its shores? Simply dazzling.

Families, you’re in for a treat here. The calm waters are child’s play, and there’s no shortage of water sports to splash around in. As for lodging, quaint family-run hotels by the sea won’t stretch your budget, but if luxury’s your game, Sifnos has that in spades too.

Best hotels in Platys Gialos

4. Faros, best area to stay in Sifnos for beaches

This snug little village captivates with its genuine white-washed homes, maze-like alleyways, and of course, the iconic lighthouse standing tall, still gracing the harbor’s right. Did you know? This very spot used to be Sifnos’ main port until 1883.

Pottery here is top-notch – a real testament to the island’s artisan roots. And yes, Fáros has its fisherman’s charm down to a tee.

Fancy some scrumptious seafood? You’ll stumble upon cozy family-run eateries sprinkled close to neighboring beaches of Fassolou, Faros, and Glyfo. If you’re yearning for tranquility, sidestepping Apollonia’s bustling crowd, Fáros whispers an authentic Cycladic promise.

Best hotels in Faros

5. Kastro, coolest area to stay in Sifnos

Once upon a time, Kastro stood tall as ancient Sifnos’ capital. Perched on the eastern cliffside, this age-old settlement boasts a jaw-dropping panorama of the Aegean – seriously, that view is something else.

Stepping into Kástro feels like unfolding a mystery. Its towering walls, which once shielded its folk from pirate invasions, add to its unique medieval allure. The Venetian fortress? It’s like the cherry on top of this historical sundae.

Though Kastro isn’t buzzing with nightlife, it has quaint spots to bunker down for a week or two. Given its compact size, even a day trip immerses you into its magic.

But if a laid-back dip and serene Greek village vibes are what you’re after, there’s no place like Kastro on Sifnos.

Best hotels in Kastro

6. Vathy, a quiet village to stay in Sifnos

Whisked away by the allure of Sifnos, the island’s heartbeat led me to Vathy. A picturesque harbour nestled in Sifnos’ southwest, Vathy’s charm is amplified by its quiet streets, free of the hum of cars or motorcycles. The locals adore it, and who can blame them?

My wallet loved Vathy as much as I did – with affordable meals and stays. Speaking of meals, Manolis’ restaurant is a must-visit. With its grand clay oven, it promises comfort food like you’ve never tasted before. 

Scattered around Vathy are delightful family-run hotels and taverns offering rooms with breathtaking views of the bay. 

Got kids? Or simply yearning for some peace and quiet? Vathy caters to families, couples, and peace-seekers alike. 

If you’re looking to indulge a bit, the Elies Resort – the island’s grandest – offers a touch of luxury.

Best hotels in Vathy

How to get to Sifnos

It’s simpler than you’d think. Connected daily with the Piraeus port, both Seajets and Zante Ferries bridge the distance, with swift or conventional vessels. On your way, you’d even get a glimpse of Serifos before Sifnos welcomes you. The conventional ferry takes about 5-5.5 hours and sets you back 35€, while the faster option costs 65.70€ and saves you time at 2.5 hours.

Planning your voyage? Ferryhopper is your golden ticket, helping you find the perfect schedule and book those crucial ferry tickets to Sifnos. Safe travels and let the island’s magic sweep you away!

2 Responses

  1. Do you have a suggestion for inexpensive, but reputable rental company in Kamares? Thanks for your great suggestions! Susan

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