An island of white houses with traditional clay chimneys and chapels with blue domes built over green hills that lead to sandy beaches. Since 1836 the island’s capital is Apollonia, also called Stavri, amphitheatrically spread among three hills at Sifnos’ centre while at 6km south is located the port, Kamares.
Platis Gialos, one of the biggest sea resorts stands at a distance of 12km south of Apollonia.
According to the dominant version, Sifnos was named after the first inhabitant of the island, the son of Sounios, hero of Attica. The same time was founded Asti, the nowadays modern city, the Castle.
Another version has it that the name derives from the ancient adjective “Sifnos”, that means empty or vacant because it was believed that the island was hollow and as a result of the many underground covered walkways that lead to the gold and silver mines.
- Castle, a medieval architecture style village
- The Archaeological museum
- The Monastery of Panagia Chrysopigi
- The Folklore museum
- The Monastery of Panagia Brisiani with the Ecclesiastic museum.
From Piraeus port, Lavrio port and the surrounding islands
Sifnos port authority 0030 22840 33617
Piraeus port authority 0030 213 2147600
Lavrio port authority 0030 22923 20401
Area: 73,9 dq.km
Sifnos municipallity belongs to the administrative district of Milos (Cyclades prefecture – South Aegean Region)