Andrew and I took an incredible honeymoon to Greece and Paris, and as you can imagine I have hundreds of pictures from that trip, maybe over 1000.  We started our Greece journey by doing some island hopping in the cyclades islands, of which there are over 200. According to the Greek mythology, Poseidon (God of the sea) turned the Cyclades nymphs into islands because he was furious with them. Here’s a summary about our wonderful experience in the island of Sifnos.

Sifnos, The Island of Poets

We started our journey to Greece by boarding a ferry in Piraeus, the port town next to Athens, and headed to Sifnos.  Sifnos is a sleepy Greek island known as the island of poets, as it’s the birthplace of famous poets, like Ioannis Gryparis, Kleanthis Triantafyllou (or Rampagas) and Aristomenis Provelegios.  We went here first to celebrate the wedding of two friends, Stefani and Marco, and their beautiful wedding set the precedent for our incredible trip.  With just a few key towns on this island, we were able to rent a moped and see the island in one day.

Platis Gialos

Platis Gialos is a charming little beach town just a few kilometers from Apollonia, the main town on Sifnos island. The majority of the wedding guests stayed here, it’s full of little stores and wonderful seafood restaurants right on the beach.

Platis Gialos in Sifnos

Exploring the town of Platis Gialos in Sifnos

Chrysopigi Church in Sifnos

Chrysopigi Church in Sifnos, where the wedding took place

Chrysopigi rocks in Sifnos

The rocks at the base of Chrysopigi are the favorite of swimmers on the island

Dining at Omega 3 in Platis Gialos, Sifnos

Dining at Omega 3 in Platis Gialos, Sifnos

Doorway in Platis Gialos, Sifnos

Doorway in Platis Gialos, Sifnos

Kastro

The day after the wedding, we decided to rent a moped to explore the island.  We ventured to the scenic old town of Kastro, which was once the capital of the island, and is over 3000 years old. This village is rich with antiquities, every turn in the labyrinth of tiny streets yielding old artifacts. We walked up and down the village and ventured into a tiny cuban car called Castro that overlooked the port of Seralia.

Moped in Sifnos

I can’t believe how incredibly easy it was to rent a moped in Sifnos!

Kastro in Sifnos

The old village of Kastro

exploring Kastro in Sifnos

exploring Kastro

Top of Kastro in Sifnos

church of the Eftamartyros in Kastro Sifnos

church of the Eftamartyros

Old artifacts at every turn in Kastro, Sifnos

Old artifacts at every turn

Blue door in Kastro, Sifnos

Blue door in Kastro

Castro bar in Kastro, Sifnos

Castro bar in Kastro

close up of paraphanalia in the Castro bar in Kastro, Sifnos

close up of paraphanalia in the Castro bar in Kastro

Mojitos in Kastro, Sifnos

Mojitos overlooking Seralia port

Restaurant in Kastro, Sifnos

Restaurant in Kastro (I took this while the restaurant owner took Andrew to buy a liter of gas since we ran out as we were leaving!)

Faros Beach

After a refreshing mojito in Kastro, we headed to Faros beach to take a look around.  The tiny beach town can be walked in a matter of 10-15 minutes each way, it’s a beautiful little beach with a few houses on it, the crystal clear waters are quite tranquil and the water gets deep rather quickly, so it’s perfect for boats and sailboats to drop anchor and relax for the day.

House in Faros, Sifnos

House in Faros

exploring Faros, Sifnos

exploring Faros

Water in Faros, Sifnos

The clear cerulean waters in Faros

Sailboat in Faros, Sifnos

 

Apokoftos Beach

After all of that exploring on the beaches and in the sun, you work up quite a bit of an appetite! We then decided to take a leisurely drive to Apokoftos beach, which over looks Chrysopigi church. There are two restaurants on this beach, we opted for the one closest to Chrysopigi to have lunch.  The views here are stunning, the seafood phenomenal, and the Greek wine plentiful (and inexpensive!).

Lunch at Apokoftos beach, Sifnos

Greek salad overlooking Apokoftos beach

Greek food feast at Apokoftos beach, Sifnos

Greek food feast

View of Chrysopigi from Apokoftos beach, Sifnos

View of Chrysopigi from Apokoftos beach

All of this was done in a matter of hours, we woke up early that day to explore.  Sifnos is truly a lovely island, with very few tourists, and incredibly friendly people. Later that afternoon, we boarded another ferry to continue our island hopping and headed towards Ios, as we made our way to Santorini.  Check out the stunning photos we took as we visited Homer’s tomb and Ios’ other stunning beaches.  If you have any questions about traveling to Sifnos or Greece, feel free to email me at ane@strongtravel.com.

Make sure to checkout my friend Marco’s photography, it’s quite stunning and beautiful.  His muse is Stefani, his new wife 🙂


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