SIKINOS - AUTHENTIC BEAUTY
Between Ios and Folegandros is Sikinos, one of the smallest islands of the Cyclades with three settlements, Alopronia, the Village and the Castle, which are a sample of Cycladic architecture. According to mythology, it took its name from Sikinos, the son of the king of Lemnos. Alopronia is the port of the island with the largest beach Livadi from where one can visit by boat the remote beaches of the island. Chora consists of two settlements, the Village and the Castle with the stone houses and the narrow picturesque streets. The Castle, built on a cliff 280 m above the sea, is an old fortified settlement of the 15th century. Narrow alleys, stone cobbled streets, traditional houses and picturesque churches complete the image of the Castle, which is the largest village on the island. Less touristy, the village is built opposite the Castle and has mainly houses and churches while some of its features are the uphills, the passages, the terraces and the unique view.
The Black Cave is the largest cave on the island and one of the largest caves in the Cyclades. It is located below the monastery of Chrysopigi and is accessible only from the sea by boat. The Folklore Museum, the Traditional Cycladic House, and the Winery near the Castle are three separate activities for each visitor. One of the main features of the island is the 61 chapels and the six Byzantine churches with frescoes of the 13th and 14th century. At the top of the Castle dominates the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi, a nunnery of 1690 that served as a refuge from pirate raids. It is worth seeing the church of Episkopi, a monument of outstanding archaeological, historical and architectural importance as it is a unique reconstruction of a Roman mausoleum in a Christian church. Panagia Pantohara is the small church of Odysseus Elytis. "First I loved in the Village, now I love in the Castle and in the Loggia I will be slaughtered where the star reigns", the great poet had written.
The beaches of Sikinos are unique with clear blue and clear waters. Alopronia, next to the port is a family beach with sand, shallow water, and trees. Georgiou is the second largest in Sikinos sandy, shady and full of tamarisk trees. Dialiskari beach is a small sandy beach in a small cove with wild beauty, high cliffs and tamarisk trees. The beach of Malta is the most remote,a natural harbor in a rocky pebble cove named after the Maltese pirates. The beach of Agios Panteleimon offers a wild landscape of pebbles and large stones while the seabed is rocky with crystal clear waters. Santorinaika beach consists of two small coves with sand, pebbles and crystal clear turquoise waters which got its name thanks to the boats from Santorini that loaded their goods from here. Ai Giannis beach is a small pebble beach whose access requires hiking 4 km from Episkopi.
During your stay in Sikinos you should try the delicacies of the local cuisine, which is rich. The most famous dish of Sikinos is the salad with local capers, sour milk, string beans and lamb stuffed in the oven. Wine rooster, manouri, pies with cream cheese or onion, kritamo, pickled bulbs, sour milk and purées are some of the special flavors of the island. The fish could not be missing from an island table such as skaroi, atherina, marida, gopes, scorpions etc. The local products produced in Sikinos are few but very tasty like the pure virgin olive oil of exceptional quality since on the island there are many olive trees. The most popular local cheese is called plain "cheese" and is soft, white and unsalted. The beekeeping that thrives on the island offers excellent thyme honey that gives a unique taste to pasteli and donuts. Sweets that have a special place on the table are the watermelon in the dessert of the spoon and the well-known "diagourenia" a porridge of watermelon juice, flour, honey and sesame. At Easter, delicious "gingerbreads" are also served.