Walking holiday in Sifnos island

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Highlights of this walking adventure holiday in sifnos island, cycladEs

Experience deserted ancient paths that lead through astonishing landscapes with abandoned terraces, ruined pigeon houses, chapels, springs and small gorges to the virgin beaches of the island…

Key Information:

Tour Duration: 7 days
Group Size: Small groups or private
Season: March – November
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Low season Per Person Price: 7-day package: 682 Euro (check our offers)
High season Per Person Price: 7-day package: 737 Euro (check our offers)

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Join a small group of like-minded people, walk with us around the Cycladic island of Sifnos and discover “authentic” Greece. Traditional villages of snow-white houses with traditional chimneys made of potter’s clay, 365 small churches with blue domes, a Venetian castle, ancient ruins, an inexhaustible variety of beautiful hiking trails which lead to tranquil sandy beaches, delicious local food and wine… This is Sifnos, the gem of Cyclades.

Based at the picturesque village of Ano Petali, you will walk on ancient paths and trails, enjoy astonishing coastal sceneries and landscapes with abandoned terraces, ruined pigeon houses, bridges, steep rocky cliffs, springs and small gorges… you’ll get familiar with wild herbs and flowers… come across endemic wildlife… and reach remote virgin beaches with crystal clear waters.

HIGHLIGHTS

green_bullet Explore “hidden” Greece & traditional island lifestyle,
green_bullet White washed villages,
green_bullet An inexhaustible variety of beautiful hiking trails,
green_bullet Solitary Beaches,
green_bullet Eco focus: introduction to the local flora and fauna,
green_bullet Delicious local food & wine,
green_bullet Traditional accommodation,
green_bullet Friendly, expert guides.

Due to its rare natural beauty, an important area of Sifnos, covering 20 square kilometres approximately, which stretches from the Profitis Ilias mountain, is integrated into the European Network of Natural Protected Areas “Natura 2000”. There are at least 19 important species of animals and plants, many of them rare and endemic to the area. Rare for an island in the Cyclades, there are whole forests with a rare specie of cedar, carob trees, wild olive trees, aromatic plants and much more.

Some 40 species of birds have been documented, with 16 of these considered as protected species.  Sifnos is a good passage for the migratory birds, such as herons, water loving birds, orioles, bee-eaters, turtle doves and many more water birds. Of course, there are birds that come to Sifnos and stay for the summer such as woodchat shrikes, swifts e.t.c. There are also predatory birds such as Eurasian hobbies, Cory’s shearwaters, Bonelli’s eagles, Peregrine falcons, Eleonora’s falcons e.t.c.

Learn all about the island’s history, culture, archaeology, wildlife, herbs and their uses.

Our guides will introduce to the local flora and fauna with presentations and observations, provide useful historical information… and of course introduce you to the local traditions (i.e. food, feasts “paniyiria”) and culture. For many of our guests this is the best aspect of the holiday!

Sifnos is the homeland of the great cook Nikos Tselemendes and it has a delicious cuisine with many traditional dishes! The wining and dining are superb. We eat mainly in family-run village taverns where the food is home cooked and locally produced.

Please have a look at our sample itinerary that will show you what you will experience while walking with us around the island of Sifnos:

8-day walking holiday itinerary

Day 1: Orientation, history and culture of Sifnos
Arrival at the island of Sifnos and transfer to our traditional, family-run guesthouse. Orientation and introduction on the history and culture of the island of Sifnos. Welcome supper at one our favourite local taverns where you will have the chance to get to know our guide, your like-minded fellow travelers and taste the island’s acclaimed gastronomy!!
Day 2: Walk untouched & peaceful parts towards isolated beach
Today we’ll make our way through one of the most untouched and peaceful parts of the island of Sifnos. We’ll hike around the highest hill of the monastery of Profitis Ilias passing the church of St Marina, St Konstantinos and Panayia Toso Nero reaching the isolated little pebble beach of Vlasi. Time for a swim and a snack at its crystal clear waters.

During our walk you’ll enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the whole island and the surrounding islands of the Cyclades. The smell of herbs will accompany us and depending on the season you’ll be able to gather thyme, oregano, lavender, sage to name a few. Around April and May wild flowers including rare species are abound. We’ll end our day’s walk at the port of Kamares and its local tavern with a drink and a meze. (Walking time: 4,5 hours hours. Actual walking: 7 hours.) 

Day 3: Circular walk to admire picturesque villages with stunning views
Today we’ll follow the beautiful trail from Apollonia towards the Kastro reservation. The beautifully paved path is aflight of stairs – zigzags between fields with olive trees, bee hives and some pigeon towers. We’ll pass from the pretty village of Kato Petali and within the hour we’ll reach Kastro, one of the most picturesque villages and the most important from an archeological point of view. The village has been inhabited uninterruptedly since the prehistoric times. The village took its name from the “castle” which is formed by its buildings. The village will impress you as it keeps its fortification medieval (Venetian) structural form unalterable. After a short break to swim at the crystal clear waters below the Kastro… and an extended stop to admire the stunning rock formations and deep blue of the Aegean Sea, we will continue towards the church of Panayia Poulati.

Walking along the coast, you’re likely to spot on the way beautiful gulls and shags that hang around in these waters. More exciting sightings are possible during spring and autumn migration. In the evening we’ll explore the little village of Artemonas with its neoclassical mansions and enjoy another delicious supper. We’ll end the day with the most pleasant stroll through the picturesque villages of Artemonas, Ano Petali and finally Apollonia. (Walking time: 2,5 hours. Actual walking time: 4 hours.)

Day 4: Archeological tour to the Mycenaean Citadel of Agios Andreas
Today we’ll walk towards one of the most beautiful bays of Sifnos, Vathy. On the way we’ll stop at the monastery of Fyrogia and the hill of Agios Andreas where we’ll admire the most important archaeological sites of Sifnos, the Mycenaean Citadel of Agios Andreas while enjoying the panoramic view over the villages of Sifnos and the nearby islands.

We’ll continue our hike towards the magnificent monastery of Agios nikolas T’Aerina, an ideal place to stop for a rest, a snack or to admire the view. Shortly we will arrive at the long beach of Vathy where you can swim and watch the colorful sunset. We’ll end the day at one of the island’s oldest taverns and enjoy local delicacies and traditional island music. (Walking time: 3,5 hours. Actual walking time: 5 hours.)

Day 5: Rest day
 Opportunity to rest or explore the island’s numerous beaches, villages and various sites. The options are endless and we’ll be happy to offer you advice.
Day 6: Walk through a Natura 2000 area to the loneliest part of Sifnos
Today we’ll make our way towards one of the loneliest parts of the island, Fikiada bay in the south. Fikiada is ranked amongst the islands’ nicest beaches and can only be reached on foot or by boat. We’ll start our hike from the bay of Vathy and walk for a little bit more than an hour through a Natura 2000 area enjoying an environment of extreme beauty.

You can have lunch and swim at the bays’ secluded, turqoise waters. Our guide will be happy to take you snorkeling inside the bay and introduce you to the unique underwater biodiversity of the East Med. From Foikiada we will then walk towards another magnificent bay and beach; Platy Yalos. We will end the day with supper at one of our favourite local taverns. (Walking time: 2,5 hours. Actual walking time: 5 hours.)

Day 7: Explore northern Sifnos and the traditional island life
Today we’ll explore the north part of the island and the tranquil, fishing village of Cherronisos. This walk explores the quiet unknown north side of the island of Sífnos following paths that are rarely used. The remains of mining on the slope of Agios Silvestros, the magnificent views from the top of the Agios Silvestros and Agios Nikitas and the charming fishing port of Cherronisos make this hike a unique exploration.

At the end of our walk you can enjoy swimming and eating at one of the two taverns on the beach which are literally built on the sea. Whichever moment of the day you visit it, you shall be surprised by the calm, which is interrupted only by the sound of the fishing boats passing by. This is the best opportunity to taste the fresh fish of the Aegean! (Walking time: 4 hours. Actual walking time: 5 hours.)

 

Our recommended walks are graded as easy to moderate. We will walk mainly on paths of easy or moderate gradient with ascents of up to 500m in a day. We will walk up to 4-6 hours in the day including stops to rest and for lunch. Being predominately limestone some parts of our paths can be quite rough and stoney.

Flexible itineraries are available based on the needs of our guests. We can organise a more challenging or a more relaxed-pace itinerary offering you more time to relax and enjoy the sea and sun of the Cyclades.

Walk with us around the Cycladic island of Sifnos and discover the “authentic” Greek island way of life.

Solo travellers are welcome. It’s always more fun to walk with a group of like-minded travellers.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

We organise these walking trail holidays all year round apart from mid July to the end of August when it’s too hot.

green_bullet  March: blossom is out.
green_bullet  April to mid June: for wild flowers, sunshine and moderate temperatures. The Easter period is recommended as it’s one of the most important celebrations in Greece and you’ll have the chance to experience traditional feasts and gatherings.
green_bullet  September to– end of November: for warm seas, gentle weather and autumn flowers. Grapes and olive harvests are in September-November.

We have reserved for you a lovely authentic family-run guesthouse at a very central location.  The owners are very hospitable and helpful and are known to provide the most delicious breakfasts. We’ll send you full details.

The combination of natural beauty and culture but also the hospitality of her residents will make this holiday unforgettable for you.

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