A big drawcard for travellers is Sifnos' culinary heritage. The island was the birthplace of Nikolaos Tselementes (1878–1958), author of the first (and best-known) Greek cookbook, published in 1910. Since then, Sifnos has enjoyed a reputation for producing excellent chefs. Engaging cooking classes are available with Sifnos Farm Narlis. Book direct, or via Aegean Thesaurus Travel.
Sifnos is justifiably proud of its excellent network of more than a dozen signposted walking trails, some 98km in all, ranging from 20-minute rambles to four-hour hikes. A great investment is the €4 info pack from Aegean Thesaurus Travel, on the main square in Apollonia or else in Kamares; it includes the Terrain map of Sifnos, an overview of the island’s walking trails, plus the current bus and ferry timetables.
There are some wonderful short walks: Apollonia to Artemonas (15 minutes) is worthwhile, as is the loop around Kastro. Our favourite is the 40-minute walk from Faros to Moni Chrysopigi. Longer trails link major settlements via beaches, monasteries and great scenery – Apollonia to Vathy is about four hours.