Sifnos is a medium-sized island; it has an area of 73, 2 km² and a shoreline of 73 km. To the south of Sifnos, there is the small islet of Kitriani.
Sifnos is traversed by four parallel mountain chains and its main summits are those of Prophitis Ilias (682 m.), at the center of the island and of Agios Simeon (463 m.) in the North.
According to the last population census (2011) the permanent residents of the island are 2.570.
Sifnos' soil consists of rocks of granite, loamy sandstone or schist, limestone and of minerals such as iron, copper, zinc, manganese, galena, magnesium etc. In the ancient times, Sifnos had gold and silver mines and quarries of “Sifnian Stone”, from which the Sifnians were creating the famous tableware such as the “sifnian glasses”.
The island is connected to Piraeus, Milos, Kimolos, Serifos, Kythnos, Paros and Syros by boat all year round. Boat traffic increases during the summer months and more connections are added. At the area of Tholos in the South-east, there is a heliport. The closest airports to the island are those of Paros, of Milos and of Syros.
The coastline and the partition of the coasts of Sifnos form beaches for all tastes. In many areas of the island, there are isolated sandy beaches and organized beaches. In Sifnos there are also rocky coasts, pebble beaches and golden sandy beaches, some of which are accessible by picturesque paths and others by the sea.
A FEW WORDS ON THE MOST POPULAR BEACHES…
The village of Kamares is situated 6, 5 km. from Apollonia and it is the port of Sifnos and the biggest coastal village of the island.
In Kamares there are rooms to let, hotels, restaurants, bakeries, a camping, tourist agencies, cafeterias, patisseries, potteries, the municipal information office, the port authority, the customhouse etc.
At the opposite side of Kamares there is the area of Agia Marina (that the Sifnians call "Pera Panta") that took its name from the homonymous church (Saint Marina), which is situated on the hill slope. In Agia Marina you will also find rooms to let, hotels and a grocery, restaurants, cafes-snack bars etc.
Between the two areas there is the beach of Kamares, one of the most beautiful sandy beaches of the island, with virgin vegetation, reedy areas, a shore side lake and sand-dunes with sand lilies that bloom in August. Every year the beach is awarded with the European Union’s BLUE FLAG by the FEE, since it meets the criteria of the program (cleanness, organization, water quality, safety, lifeboats, first aid, services, installations etc.)
From Kamares starts a path that passes by the Sanctuary of the Nymphs, the Black Cave (Mavri Spilia), the installations of the old mines and leads to the church of the Virgin of Toso Nero (Panagia Toso Nero) or to Saint John the Theologian of Mongou (Theologos tou Mongou) in Apollonia.
In Platis Gialos there are rooms to let, hotels, restaurants, groceries, a tourist agency, cafes, potteries, cafeterias-snack bars etc.
Here, you will also find a port for fishing boats, with a spacious jetty, which is used during the summer for the organization of cultural events and the small theatre of Platis Gialos on the beach.
Every year the beach of Platis Gialos is awarded with the European Union’s BLUE FLAG by the FEE, since it meets the criteria of the program (cleanness, organization, water quality, safety, lifeboats, first aid, services, installations etc.)
Among the sights of the area is the White Tower (Aspros Pirgos) which is situated 1, 5 kilometer to the north-east of the beach and which is one of the best preserved of the 76 ancient beacon-towers of the island.
Another interesting place to visit is the church of Saint Sophia, which is situated on the right side of the asphalted road that leads to the entrance of Platis Gialos.
Right across the beach of Platis Gialos, there is the small island of Kitriani (or Kipriani). On the island of Kitriani there is only one building, the homonymous church of the Virgin Mary of Kitriani (Panagia Kitriani), which is the most ancient church of Sifnos (11th century).
Here you will find rooms to let, one hotel, restaurants, groceries, cafes, potteries, cafeterias-snack bars etc.
On the beach you will find the beautiful church of the Taxiarchs (16th century) which is celebrated 3 times a year (in July, in September and in November).
In Faros there are three small sandy beaches:
The central beach of Faros is located at the end of the asphalted road and it has a wonderful view of Chrissopigi. Here, you will find restaurants, taverns, a grocery, cafeterias - snack bars etc.
The beach of Glipho is accessible by a short path that begins on the right side of the beach of Faros. There are no buildings on the beach of Glipho. Here starts a beautiful, recently restored path (with night lights) that leads to the beach of Apokofto and to Chrissopigi. From those beaches one can see the ladder of the mines and the installations for the loading of minerals that were extracted from the mines of this area.
The beach of Fassolou is located on the left side of the beach of Faros and it is accessible by a path that starts from Faros, next to the bus station, or by the asphalted road. On this beach you will find a restaurant. In Fassolou you will also find the monastery of the Cross (in Greek: Stavros) of Faros.
There is also the rocky beach of Aspra Gremna, which is located on the way to the entrance of the carriageway that leads to Fassolou.
In the wider area of Faros there are many tourist lodgings (hotels, rooms to let, studios and apartments).
On the cape of Chrissopigi there is the homonymous monastery of the Virgin Mary of Chrissopigi (Panagia tis Chrissopigis) (1650), the patron saint of Sifnos. Its feast takes place the eve of the feast of the Ascension, in memory of her miracle, when people from all over the island and from other parts of Greece visit the church.
The rocks of Chrissopigi are the favorite place of many swimmers during the summer.
To the east of the church, there is the sandy beach of "Apokofto” with green-blue waters, unique buildings and two restaurants. To the west, you will find “Saoures”, a small isolated pebble beach.
Among the sights of the area is the White Tower (Aspros Pirgos), which is situated near the crossroads of the roads leading to Platis Gialos and to Chrissopigi and which is the most famous and the best preserved tower out of the 76 ancient beacon towers of the island.
In the wider area of Chrissopigi, there is a grocery, a hotel and a few rooms to let.
Most of its famous feasts that are celebrated at the churches of the wider area take place in the winter.
Vroulidia is a small pebble beach, 14 kilometers from Apollonia and about one kilometer before Cheronissos.
On the beach there are two restaurants.