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Hidden Gem: Five Reasons You Must Visit the Greek Island of Serifos

Serifos. Credit:C Messier/ CC BY-SA 4.0

Serifos is a small, picturesque island of about 75 square kilometers (28.95 square miles) and is located in the Cyclades.

You will find this hidden treasure, which is often overlooked by tourists, between the island of Kythnos and Sifnos.

It is the ideal Greek Island to visit if you don’t want to be surrounded by tourists — mostly due to the fact that not many people know it even exists!

There are many highlights to see while visiting this island, but for now let’s look at the top 5 reasons why this is one place that you need to see while on your Grecian holiday this summer!

Serifos is a hidden gem

It’s hard to find a Greek island that doesn’t get flooded with tourists during the summer months.

However, Serifos is a quiet and slow-paced island that avoids much of the crowds caused by tourists during the summer.

While many tourists don’t know much about Serifos, the island is beloved by Greeks around the country, who yearn for the slow island life that still lives on the Greek paradise that is Serifos.

This island is accessible from a ferry at the port of Piraeus and from other islands of the Cyclades group.

Pristine beaches and charming backdrop

As soon as you arrive on Serifos at the port of Livadi you will see beautiful sandy beaches against an impressive view of the capital, Serifos, or Chora, which is dotted with white houses on the slopes of the hill.

The island is almost in the shape of a complete circle and boasts 74 beaches all around its shoreline, where you will find everything from water sports and secluded natural coves to relaxing beaches.

Many of the beaches have tavernas near by them, so you can always relax with a home cooked traditional Greek meal for lunch, dinner, or both!

Water Sports and Secluded Natural Coves

Panagia Skopiani, Serifos. Credit: C Messier/Wikimedia Commons/ CC-BY-SA-4.0

If you feel more adventurous, on Serifos you can always find rocky swimming spots such as the one at Sikamia where you can enjoy a dip in the cool water from the natural cove.

You can enjoy the day on a boat, canoe or kayak or scuba diving!

Relaxing Atmosphere, great people, and traditional food

The village of Chora is divided into two neighborhoods, Kato Chora (meaning lower Chora) and Ano Chora (meaning upper Chora).

There is a road that connects the entire village, forming a ring around it.

However, the streets inside of the village are mostly pedestrian and you will enjoy walking to restaurants, tavernas, shops and small squares.

The views of Serifos

Chora, Serifos. Credit: C Messier/Wikimedia Commons/ CC BY-SA 4.0

If you are up to it you should take the labyrinth of stairs that lead up the Agios Konstantinos chapel above Chora which offers the most incredible views of the surrounding sea.

While your there, relax and head for the main square to enjoy a coffee or a refreshing cold drink!

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