Although it’s common for travelers to the Greek islands to tour entire island groups via ferry or private yacht, I’m an advocate for choosing carefully in advance and confining your stay to one location in order to really get to know it and see what it has to offer. The island of Sifnos is up near the top of my own list of recommendations in Greece. With its charming, Cycladic villages, beautiful beaches, churches, and a pleasant combination of peaceful recreation and vibrant nightlife, Sifnos really does have it all. Many Sifnos aficionados eschew all other island destinations and return year after year. The following are just of few of the many reasons why.
1). Cuisine. Owing at least in part to the ancient Sifnos tradition of manufacturing pottery, these island residents have perfected the art of cooking stews, casseroles, and roasts. The island is teeming with great restaurants that feature the aforementioned signature dishes. In particular, Manolis Restaurant in Vathi features the best clay oven cooking on the island.
2). Camping. A very pleasant collection of campers congregates in Kamares, just a short walk from the harbor and a few hundred feet from the beach. With room for 60 tents, shady trees, nearby shops and restaurants, facilities for washing clothes, hot showers, luggage checking, and telephones, this campground is a backpacker’s paradise.
3). Beaches. There are too many beaches in Sifnos to name here, but the sands at Vathi are famously beautiful and pristine (and conveniently located near Manolis). If you have children in tow, the beach at Kamares offers water shallow enough to put you at ease when the little ones pine for a swim.