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4 top things to do in Serifos

Cyclades ● Serifos ● 19 August 2017

Serifos is one of the best value-for money Greek islands. Serifos is a small, authentic and wild island in the island complex of Cyclades, which is located in a close distance to Athens (only 2 hours by boat). This is why the island is an ideal destination for a short summer break, and why the Athenians choose it for weekends. However, Serifos can also be a perfect place for longer holidays because on the island, you have many things to do, but at the same time, you can relax and get rest.


The highlight of Serifos is its Chora, a picturesque Cycladic town, which is built on the top of a hill. Its location guarantees a magnificent view of the Aegean Sea. Enjoy there the whitewashed houses and the narrow cobblestone paths, which are the most distinctive feature of the Chora, and have the opportunity to feel the romantic atmosphere of the sunset, which gives the scenery a pink and orange colour no one can forget. 

Serifos Chora

What to see in Chora

In Chora, you should visit the ruins of the Venetian Castle, the Archaeological and the Folklore Museum as well as the church of Agios Athanasios with the nice square in front of it.

Best beaches

In Serifos, you can certainly swim in crystal waters and lie on astonishing beaches. The island is very famous for its coasts, which are considered among the best beaches in Greece. Agios Sostis, Ganema, Livadakia, Psili Ammos, Sikamia, Koutalas and Kalo Ampeli build a wonderful landscape that is typically Greek and Cycladic. Agios Sostis is, in my opinion, the most impressive beach of the island due to the small white church at the edge of the cliff and the fact that there are actually two beaches, one on the northern and one on the southern side. Livadakia, Ganema and Psili Ammos are sandy beaches with turquoise waters and trees that provide shadow. You can find there a tavern to eat or drink something, but only Livadakia, which is located near to the port, has additional tourism facilities. Sikamia is the most secluded coast of Serifos, and therefore, it is ideal for total isolation and relaxing. It is sandy and pebbly with some trees. Kalo Ampeli is one of the quietest and most private beaches because you have to cover the final distance on foot. If you love nature and hiking, this walk (about 20 minutes) is amazing, and the view will recompense you. 

Koutalas beach

The mines

Don’t forget to visit the Old Mines of the island. Serifos was once home to a mining industry that flourished, but nowadays, there are no mining works. In Megalo Livadi, you can visit the memorial of the strikers, who lost their lives in 1919 because they asked for better working conditions and an eight-hour work per day rule. In the area, you can also follow the mining trail and walk among rusty old cars, train tracks and broken rail car bridges.

Mine in Serifos