Serifos is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea and is located on the western part of the 220 Cyclades islands its capital is Chora. It has an 83 kilometers coastline and its approximate size is 75.207 square kilometers. Serifos has an estimated permanent population of 1400 people according to the 2011 census. The island is famous for its small white houses perched atop its rugged hill with blue doors and windows. From Athens to Serifos Island takes 2:30 hours by speedboat and 4 hours by ferryboat.
What To Do At Serifos Island
There are plenty of places to explore and recreational activities for visitors to indulge in when visiting Serifos Island: These include:
Located on 2.6 hectares of land this small and modern winery in Flaskos in northern Serifos is worth visiting while hiking the island. Owned by Christos Chrysoloras a resident, annually it produces around 5000 bottles of wine. Grapes farmed there yield less per hectare but are farmed waterless and organically and the wine produced has high alcohol content. The winery has a processing area and tasting and exhibition sections. It is open for tours or visitors interested in tasting old and fresh wines. Milk from Chrysoloras goats makes the unsalted Anthorito cheese that visitors can also taste. Visits can be organized by contacting the management via email at email@example.com or calling 0030 6979239597 or 0030 6977275993.
- Blue Bamboo Serifos: This restaurant in an exotic garden overlooking Chora serves authentic Thai cuisine plus summer cocktails and rare wine varieties.
- Kalis Seafood Restaurant: Visitors to this restaurant enjoy seafood dishes cooked the Cycladic way with local ingredients like fish, octopus, oysters, and shrimp.
- Marathoriza: Since its inception in 2013, this restaurant serves traditional Serifos cuisine. The restauranter prepares meals that include pasta, salads, seafood, dips, desserts, spoon sweets, and yogurt. Gluten-free and vegetarian dishes are also available. Visitors enjoy great Aegean sea views while dining at Marathoriza.
- Metalleio Restaurant: At this restaurant, the traditional Greek cuisine served is influenced by the country's rich cultural history. Meat and vegetables are creatively prepared by chefs there with attention to detail. Vegetarian and gluten-free dishes are available to visitors.
- Stou Stratou: This outdoor and small traditional café is at the heart of Chora. Café visitors get served ouzo Greek liquor while relaxing at the festive Saint Athanasios square and enjoying the surrounding neoclassical architecture of the town hall and church. Other menu items include traditional Greek coffee, homemade desserts, and mixed plates called pikilia dishes in Greek that cost up to 6 euros.
- Barbarossa Serifos: An outdoor café for relaxing in the summer and known for its conspicuous yellow chairs and Serifos hospitality. Snacks, juices, cocktails, and coffee are served in the early afternoon and eclectic rum flavors and traditional sweet delicacies are served at the alley passages in the evenings.
- Pano Piazza: This café is located in the scenic and paved Town Hall in central and busy Ano Chora. It's adorned with art pieces from Serifos mines and the walls are covered by photos from a local photographer. At Pano Piazza visitors enjoy tiny delicious and artfully crafted desserts, Greek pies, fruits, and pastries. Rakomelo a Greek mixed alcoholic is a popular drink there plus cocktails too.
Serifos has spectacular attractions worth visiting to learn about them. These include:
- The Archeological Museum Of Serifos: This is housed in the Town Hall building in Piatsa square in Chora. Founded in 1976 it has exhibits dating back to classical, Hellenistic, and Roman periods excavated from sites in Serifos. These include funerary art, marble statuettes, armor pieces, and inscriptions that shed a light on this island's rich history and heritage.
- Piazza Square: This square is in Chora which overlooks the massive harbor. The square has a laid-back feel and has tables and chairs from cafés and restaurants around there. The conspicuous 17th-century Agios Athanasios counts as the main attraction at the square.
- Monastery of Taxiarches: A men's monastery located on the northern side of Serifos island and built in 1572. It served as Serifos Island's religious, educational, and economic center until the late 19th century, and treasures were stored there. As a result, it was raided many times by pirates. The monastery has lucrative and rare books, ancient religious manuscripts, sacred codes of 1754, and a library.
- Folklore Museum: Founded in 1976 this museum in Kato Chora exhibits photos, mined rock and gems, embroideries, ceramics, utensils, tools, antique furniture, and traditional costumes that highlight the island's rich past culture.
- Grias Castle: In the southwest Serifos in Koutalas, this old and ruined Grias Castle on a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea was a hub for economy and trading. The castle has building ruins and traces of an ancient defense wall and architectural remains of the early Christian basilica era at Agia Irini Chapel. Because of the few residents there, it's ideal for visitors who love quiet vacations.
- Church of Agios Konstantinos: This beautiful church is in Kastro the highest point in Chora at 251 meters. It provides spectacular views of the Aegean Sea and the islands nearby.
Cultural Events And Festivals
Annually the Theater of Serifos behind the Folklore Museum with a capacity of 300 people hosts cultural and religious events among them the summer festival of Serifos. Live bands and disc jockeys play music and traditional Cycladic island music is also played until dawn. During these events, an array of local Cycladic culinary delicacies and wine are also available for visitors.
Serifos has twelve beaches worth visiting for boating, swimming, or scuba diving. These are:
- Agios Sostis
- Psili Ammos
- Megalo Livadi
- Platis Gialos
- Kalo Ampeli