I’ve often dreamt of having an idyllic Greek island getaway complete with whitewashed buildings, heavenly beaches and stone paved streets lined by tavernas serving up fresh octopus. I’d resigned myself to having to share this escape with hoards of travelers looking for the same romanticized holiday. I didn’t know that tucked between the popular Cycladic islands of Mykonos and Santorini was Sifnos. This 9-mile long, underrated jewel offered up every Greek island luxury, with a fraction of the crowds.
For three blissful days, we drove through gorgeous landscapes, swam in crystal clear water, and spent each afternoon getting lost in traditional Greek villages- with only a sprinkle of other tourists.
Ferry- While this is the only way to reach Sifnos, it’s also a perfect way to start a Greek island escape! We flew into Mykonos and took the ferry from there. It’s a pleasant 2.5 hour ride, passing by several other Cycladic islands. I’m already planning my return to visit to each of them!
Rent some wheels- Part of the charm of Sifnos is getting to explore the various pockets of the island, so I recommend renting a vehicle, ATV, or moped. If you rent a car, make sure to roll the windows down so you don’t miss the strong waft of herbs on your way from one beach to the next. There are rental options throughout the island- just remember to get an International Drivers permit!
Bus- There are buses that can take you around the island as well, though I didn’t take any personally.
There are several charming villages in Sifnos to choose from, so it’s really just a matter of personal preferences. Some popular options are:
Sifnos has a reputation of being a foodie-haven, and for good reason. I would gladly go back in a heartbeat just for the cuisine alone. A few favorites were:
Part of the charm of Sifnos is how serene it is. If I ever write a novel and need 2 months of quiet isolation, this would be the place to do it. Sifnos is the ideal place to spend long afternoons reading books in between two-hour lunches, all while enjoying a pristine beach. However, if, like me, you have trouble staying still for that long, not to worry; Sifnos has plenty to keep you busy.
With so many idyllic choices, I recommend visiting more than one island during your Greek holiday. The serenity of Sifnos pairs well with a slightly more lively Cycladic option. We followed our stay in Sifnos with the neighboring island of Milos. Only an hour long ferry ride away, this bigger and busier option perfectly complimented the tranquil start of our holiday.