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Serifos is one of the most beautiful Cycladic islands, which impresses visitors with its wild beauties and alterations of scenery. It is considered ideal for relaxation and entertainment. The island of Serifos lies between Sifnos and Kythnos. It has a ground of 75 sq. km, and a length of shores that reaches up to 10 km. The island's port and the most tourist infrastructures are in Livadi. According to mythology, Serifos was the birthplace of Perseus, as and the place where Odysseus met Polyphemus Cyclops during his journey back home. Serifos was inhabited by many people.
HOW TO GET TO SERIFOS
Serifos is quite easy to get to by boat: most of the fast hydrofoils and catamarans, as well as the slower, larger steamships, that make the Western Cyclades run from Piraeus down to Sifnos and Milos stop at Serifos on the way.
SERIFOS TOWNS AND VILLAGES
Serifos Town (otherwise known as Chora), the capital of Serifos Island, is a very picturesque settlement located on a hill, above the main port of the island, offering a spectacular view of the Aegean Sea and the island countryside. Its small whitewashed houses and windmills are scattered on the rock, creating a wonderful contrast in color.
Livadi is the most popular tourist resort in Serifos and is an up and coming hotspot of the Cyclades. It is the main port of the island, situated on the southeastern side, below Serifos Town, the capital of Serifos. The town is well-known for its natural beauty and quaint architecture, with white cubic-shaped houses built amphitheatrically up the hill. Livadi offers visitors a wide selection of nightlife and dining venues, as well as an abundance of hotels, studios, apartments and rooms for rent. There are several beautiful beaches in and around Livadi, where visitors can spend relaxing moments under the warm Aegean sun.
Panagia village is a beautiful mountainside settlement located at the center of Serifos Island. The village was built around the Byzantine Monastic Complex of the Virgin Mary. Its Cycladic features and village charm makes it a special place to visit. From Panagia there is a superb view of the island.
Galani is another picturesque mountain village, resting inland in northern Serifos. The settlement is built on various levels, offering visitors a splendid view of the surrounding area. The village got its name from the Ancient Galanite Mines that existed in the area.
The village of Kentarchos is built on a verdant slope, above Kentar c hos Bay, on the northeastern side of Serifos. It is considered one of the most charming Serifos villages, as it is full of whitewashed houses and narrow streets, and offers a spellbinding view of the Aegean Sea. Kentarchos Beach is especially beautiful, with azure waters and lined with tamarisk trees.
Megalo Livadi is a very lovely village located on the southwestern side of Serifos Island, on Megalo Livadi Bay. Visitors can see a mining ladder, built in 1932 and used in the iron mining in the area, and several - now abandoned - historical buildings. Megalo Livadi has a stunning beach, which is lined with tamarisk trees and has shallow waters, making it ideal for families with young children.
Right next to Lia beach is the double beach of Agios Sostis where the church with the same name is also situated. On the 6th of September be present for the celebration of the small church. Now back to the beach! Don't be surprised if you see naked people around since this is a beach preferred by nudists.
Psili Ammos Beach is another superb beach in Serifos. Fine white sand, planted by tamarisks, it has shallow limpid water. Unfortunately, it's usually very crowded but it's worth at least one swim. There are restaurants and rooms in case you want to stay. If you decide you can't handle the crowd though, move on to Agios Ioannis beach with small pebbles and sand you will enjoy the shadow from the trees along with your tranquility.
On the southeastern and south sides of Serifos you'll find some of its best beaches. Livadi beach , sandy, pebbly and quite popular, Livadakia long with golden sand and quite crowded. If you suddenly get hungry you won't have a problem since there are tavernas near by. To the south of Livadakia you will also find Karavi with the lovely azure waters, Vatoudi and Vgeniou beaches . No harm in visiting them!
Moving on to Kalo Ambeli that you will find after Ramos village, is a peaceful place, ideal for relaxation.
Then 8km after Livadi is wonderful Vagia . This is an area protected by the network called "Natura 2000" which is on the verge of being destroyed after the creation of the tourist settlement.
Right after it you will find Ganema , a beach protected from winds only 10km from Livadi.
Following an asphalt road from Ganema you will reach Mega Livadi where you can take a swim in its dark-sand beach. From there you will start driving back to Chora and after 4km you will take the dirt road to your left and after 6km you'll reach the beautiful and peaceful beach of Avissalos .
Now, as far as the northern part of the island is concerned you will have to visit Sikamia which is situated in a very picturesque location. The beach is wide with crystal clear waters and trees for shadow. There, you will find a small taverna, rooms and a well with running water. The only disadvantage is that when there are winds from north you can't even stand. So watch out!
MAP OF SERIFOS
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