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The rugged natural beauty of SifNÓS is one of its most compelling and unique assets; having received designation in 1976 as a landscape of outstanding natural beauty, a large area on the west of the island is also part of the European NATURA 2000 Network of protected natural sites. Stretching from the mountain of Profitis […]

Blessed with high-quality clay, SifNÓS boasts a thriving pottery industry that dates back to antiquity as Geometric-era terracotta urns and clay figurines at the Archaeological Museum in Kastro attest. While pottery production was once confined to the island’s hinterland for protection against marauding pirates, in the 19th century it moved to SifNÓS ’ coastal villages […]

Taking its name from Artemis, the ancient Greek goddess of hunting, Artemonas stands out among the island’s villages for its architecture which combines traditional Cycladic houses with Neoclassical mansions. Less touristic than adjoining Apollonia, the island’s capital, this peaceful town is the ideal destination for an evening walk, its meandering paved alleyways taking you past […]

The cliff-top settlement of Kastro embodies SifNÓS ’ storied past and unique charm like no other village on the island: perched on a hilltop next to the sea, the town has been inhabited for over 3,000 years. Its latest incarnation takes the form of a fortress centred on a medieval castle built during the island’s […]

Perched on a rocky islet connected to the mainland by a stone bridge, the 17th century Monastery of Panagia Chrysopigi (Our Lady of the Golden Spring – the island’s patron saint), is SifNÓS ’ most emblematic landmark and one of Greece’s most iconic images. Legend has it that during a pirate raid, the Virgin Mary […]