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Introducing Sifnos

Sifnos has an exquisite dreamlike quality. A string of three whitewashed villages, anchored by the capital Apollonia, sit like pearls along the crest of the island. The changing light kisses the landscape and as you explore the flanking slopes of the central mountains you'll discover abundant terraced olive groves, almond trees, oleander and aromatic herbs. Each of the island's bays harbours a spectrum of aqua waters, and offers breathtaking vistas.

Unspoiled footpaths link villages, such as the one encircling tiny hilltop Kastro. Get Anavasi map series Topo 25/10.25 Aegean Cyclades/Sifnos for footpath details.

During the Archaic period (from about the 8th century BC) Sifnos was enriched by its gold and silver deposits, but by the 5th century BC the mines were exhausted. Sifnos is now known for pottery, basket weaving and cookery. The island hibernates October to Easter (most hotels and restaurants close) and in high season it attracts the chic set (book ahead). Visit www.sifnos.gr for island information.