Based in the picturesque village of Ano Petali, you will walk on ancient paths and trails, enjoy astonishing coastal sceneries and landscapes with abandoned terraces, ruined pigeon houses, bridges, steep rocky cliffs, springs and small gorges… you’ll get familiar with wild herbs and flowers… come across endemic wildlife… and reach remote virgin beaches with crystal clear waters.
Due to its rare natural beauty, an important area of Sifnos, covering 20 square kilometres approximately, which stretches from the Profitis Ilias mountain, is integrated into the European Network of Natural Protected Areas “Natura 2000”. Our guides will introduce to the local flora and fauna with presentations and observations… provide useful historical information… and of course introduce you to the local traditions (i.e. food, local feasts “paniyiria”) and culture. For many of our guests this is the best aspect of the holiday!
Please have a look at our sample itinerary that will show you what you will experience while walking with us around the island of Sifnos:
8-day walking holiday itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival at the island of Sifnos and transfer to our traditional, family-run guesthouse. Orientation and introduction on the history and culture of the island of Sifnos. Welcome supper at one our favourite local taverns where you will have the chance to get to know our guide, your like minded fellow travelers and taste the island’s acclaimed gastronomy!
Day 2: Today we’ll make our way through one of the most untouched and peaceful parts of the island of Sifnos. We’ll hike around the highest hill of the monastery of Profitis Ilias passing the churches of St. Marina, St. Konstantinos and Panayia Toso Nero reaching the isolated little pebble beach of Vlasi. Time for a swim and a snack at its crystal clear waters. During our walk you’ll enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the whole island and the surrounding islands of the Cyclades. The smell of herbs will accompany us. Around April and May wild flowers including rare species are abound. We’ll end our day’s walk at the port of Kamares and its local tavern with a drink and a meze.
Day 3: Today we’ll follow the beautiful trail from Apollonia towards the Kastro reservation, one of the most picturesque villages and the most important from an archeological point of view. The village took its name from the “castle” which is formed by its buildings. The village will impress you as it keeps its medieval (Venetian) structural form unalterable. After a short break to swim at the crystal clear waters below the Kastro… and an extended stop to admire the stunning rock formations and deep blue of the Aegean Sea, we will continue towards the church of Panayia Poulati. Walking along the coast, you’re likely to spot on the way beautiful gulls and shags that hang around in these waters. In the evening we’ll explore the little village of Artemonas with its neoclassical mansions and enjoy another delicious supper. We’ll end the day with the most pleasant stroll through the picturesque villages of Artemonas, Ano Petali and finally Apollonia.
Day 4: Today we’ll walk towards one of the most beautiful bays of Sifnos, Vathy. On the way we’ll stop at the monastery of Fyrogia and the hill of Agios Andreas where we’ll admire the most important archaeological sites of Sifnos, the Mycenaean Citadel of Agios Andreas while enjoying the panoramic view over the villages of Sifnos and the nearby islands. We’ll continue our hike towards the magnificent monastery of Agios nikolas T’ Aerina, an ideal place to stop for a rest, a snack or to admire the view. Shortly we will arrive at the long beach of Vathy where you can swim and watch the colorful sunset. We’ll end the day at one of the island’s oldest taverns with local delicacies and traditional island music.
Day 5: Rest day. Opportunity to rest or explore.
Day 6: Today we’ll make our way towards one of the loneliest parts of the island, Fikiada bay in the south. Fikiada is ranked amongst the islands’ nicest beaches and can only be reached on foot or by boat. We’ll start our hike from the bay of Vathy and walk for a little bit more than an hour through a Natura 2000 area enjoying an environment of extreme beauty. You can have lunch and swim at the bays’ secluded, turqoise waters. Our guide will be happy to take you snorkeling inside the bay and introduce you to the unique underwater biodiversity of the East Med.
From Foikiada we will then walk towards another magnificent bay and beach; Platy Yalos. We will end the day with supper at one of our favourite local taverns.
Day 7: Today we’ll explore the north part of the island and the tranquil, fishing village of Cherronisos. This walk explores the quiet unknown north side of the island of Sífnos following paths that are rarely used. At the end of our walk you can enjoy swimming and eating at one of the two taverns on the beach which are literally built on the sea. This is the best opportunity to taste the fresh fish of the Aegean!
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