SERIFOS - MYSTERIOUS CHARM
Serifos is an island in the Cyclades between Kythnos and Sifnos with a mild tourist development that respects the natural beauties, preserves the color and the traditional atmosphere. From antiquity it is known as a barren island with the highest peak Tourlos which has an altitude of 585 meters. According to mythology, Serifos was the residence of the Cyclops, who are said to have built some of the most important monuments of the island, such as the White Tower and the Walls of Liomantra. The two main settlements of the island are Livadi and Chora, which is divided into Kato Chora and Ano Chora. Livadi, the largest settlement and the only port on the island, is the visitor's first contact with the white, cube-shaped houses. The area has the most options for both food and nightlife. Around the port there is a huge natural bay one kilometer long which is the only organized beach and one of the largest beaches on the island with calm waters Avloionas.
The town generously offers unique beauty as one crosses the cobbled streets, with arched arches, and the courtyards with bougainvillea. In Kato Chora there are cafes while in Pano the main square, with the church and the City Hall. Ten minutes from the square is the Venetian Castle which offers a unique landscape to visitors. In Ano Chora you can find the Archaeological Museum in the square of Myla, which houses finds from the classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods such as an impressive collection of amphorae and a series of headless statues. Carved into the rock of Agios Ioannis the Theologian is one of the most important sights of Chora. In one of his catacombs, according to legend, there is the head of Medusa who petrified the tyrant of the island of Polydectes. The Folklore Museum, also housed in a traditional building in Kato Chora, houses objects such as textiles, amulets, ceramics and household utensils and tools.
During your stay on the island one should definitely visit the circular marble building of the late classical Hellenistic times in the area of Koutalas, the Spathi lighthouse on the edge of the island, the neoclassical one with the mining facilities in Megalo Livadi and Psaros Pyrgos known as Throne of the Cyclops "in the southwestern part of the island. There are also many remarkable churches that can be visited such as the church of Agios Athanasios in Chora, the church of Agios Konstantinos at the top of the Castle, Agios Sostis, the church of Agios Ioannis Prodromos in the area of Liomantra, and the castle monastery of Taxiarches , the most important religious monument, where valuable church relics and documents are kept. The inhabitants of Serifos keep unchanged the customs, traditions of the island but also its traditional Cycladic character. During the year more than thirty festivals are organized which are a way of entertainment and religious worship.
The beaches are not organized, many are easily accessible and some can be reached on foot or by boat. The seabed of the island is so special that it is one of the best diving destinations in Greece. The beaches closest to Chora are Avlomonas, Livadakia, Psili Ammos which was described as the "best beach in Europe", Platis Gialos, the double beach of Agios Sostis, Sykamia and Ganema. For those looking for quieter beaches, Avesalos, Kalogeros, Karavi, Malliadiko, Lia and Kalo Ambeli are ideal. The island is famous for its fresh fish and seafood delicacies and also offers specially cooked dishes and unique local cuisine. Characteristic are the fennel, sun-dried tomatoes, local sausages and revithada, which classify the island as the ideal gastronomic destination. The inhabitants of the island make sun-dried tomatoes, salted capers and vinegar, from the pig carcasses they make louzas, cigarettes and sausages. Sweets lovers should enjoy pastels with local honey. As in all the Cyclades, Serifos produces special quality wine and cheese.