We will start our tour early in the morning and depart from the hotel to reach the monastery of Panagia Chrysopigi, the island’s “guardian”, a very important and revered landmark of Sifnos.
The monastery is famous for its architecture and location – it was built in 1650, on the foundations of an old church. It is also the most visited monument on the island for its natural beauty and architecture as well as for the serene feeling it inspires to the visitors.
After our visit to the Monastery, we will continue to Kastro village. Kastro is located at the top of a rocky plateau with steep sided cliffs and a panoramic view over the sea and the nearby islands.
Kastro was the capital of the island until 1836 and was very important throughout the history of Sifnos. To this day; it retains the settings of a fortified village, as it was rebuilt in 1630 during Venetian colonization.
The roads are narrow, old houses with wooden balconies and coats of arms carved above the doors, small lanterns, chapels, and relics from times gone unravel a unique feeling. We will walk around Kastro (village for pedestrians only) and possibly even visit of the Archaeological museum of Kastro, if it is open.
The tour will then continue to the village of Artemonas. In this traditional village, seemingly unscathed by modern life, you can see village’s old aristocratic neighborhood and admire the neoclassic mansions built over 200 years ago, painted in the traditional Cycladic patterns.
Upon finishing the exploration of Artemonas, we will visit the most important archaeological site of Sifnos; the Acropolis. Located on the top of a hill known as the «Kastro tou Ai-Dria» (St. Andrew’s Castle), it stands to this day on the way from Apollonia to Vathy. It was built around the 13th Century B.C and was inhabited for a hundred years before being abandoned in the latter half of the 12th Century B.C. It was once again occupied in the second half of the 8th century. The inhabitants of that era were responsible for the later developments of the town, which was naturally fortified by a steep hill and the walls built around it. It was abandoned once more in the 4th century B.C.
A small, yet rich museum is located within the site, full of the different artifacts that were unearthed in recent excavations. The Acropolis is one of the most well preserved Mycenaean fortifications in the whole of Cyclades. Next to the archaeological site, you can find the beautiful church of Agios Andreas and its breathtaking panoramic view of the island and the Aegean Sea. The church of Agios Andreas & the museum are open from Tuesday to Sunday, 08:30-15:00. After this unique experience, we have free time for swimming or lunch in either Vathy or Platys Gialos.
Finally, as our expedition across the majestic island scenery is done, we return back to our hotel.
Miles Away Travel – Tel: +30 21 0515 1090
Not included: entrance fees, meals or drinks
*Note: there might be slight changes to the program without avoiding any visit.