Sifnos is everything a Greek island should be. The island boasts blue crystalline water, pristine beaches, lovely nature, cute little towns, delicious food, 300 churches, historic buildings, archaeology, and incredible hospitality. Located a couple of hours away from Athens, the island is part of the Cyclades, in the heart of the Aegean Sea.
We discovered it few years ago and have been back several times. Though it isn’t that big, it is very diverse. Where to stay in Sifnos depends on your interests and taste. There is nothing to worry about. Sifnos has hotels for solo travelers, families, couples, and friends. We selected the best for you!
- 1 Where to Stay in Sifnos
- 2 The Best Beaches in Sifnos
- 3 Our Recommendation for the Best Place to Stay in Sifnos
- 4 How to Get to Sifnos
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Apolonia & Artemonas: Top Hotels
Eutuxia Rooms & Studios – just outside Artemonas
Verina Astra – in the center of Apolonia
Kamares: Top Hotels
Nymfes Hotel – close to the beach
Delfini Hotel – on the hill, great views
Other Great Hotels in Sifnos
Elies Resorts – in Vathi, by the beach
Verina Terra – in Platis Gialos, by the beach
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Where to Stay in Sifnos
Apollonia and Artemonas
Artemonas and Apollonia are two sister towns up in the hills of Sifnos, pretty close to each other and the sea. With its cobblestoned streets lined with trees, Artemonas is the quiet sister. All you have to do is walk about the churches and discover windmills. Remember to check the views. The views from Artemonas to Kastro and the church of Panagea Poulati are unforgettable.
Apollonia is the capital of Sifnos and has more accommodation options. Different restaurants, bars, and cafes line its streets, lending it a bit more of a cosmopolitan flare. Some of the best hotels in Sifnos and Greece are here. No worries, both are a short walk from each other and to other superb little towns.
Hotels in Apollonia and Artemonas
Windmill Bella Vista
One of the best hotels in Sifnos and in Greece, the Windmill Bella Vista offers suites set amongst an original 18th century windmill. The rooms are tastefully decorated and have incredible views. The hotel has a gorgeous pool and a restaurant. They offer horseback riding, cooking, winemaking, and Greek classes.
Eutuxia Rooms & Studios
The hotel is just a couple of steps from the best restaurants and bars in Apollonia, on a leafy street offering peace and breathtaking views. All of the rooms have great views, most to the sea, and come with a lovely terrace to chill. There are a couple of rooms with equipped kitchenettes. The complimentary breakfast is homemade and delicious.
Kastro with its incredible castle is considered the jewel of Sifnos. Everything is authentic, pretty, and quaint. The little town is perched on a cliff overlooking the sea and other lovely towns. What we love about Kastro is that it’s car-free and 2 km from Apollonia and Artemonas.
The town has just a couple of restaurants and hotels. Unlike its neighbors, it’s very quiet and peaceful. You may find yourself completely alone while walking about its streets. At the foot of Kastro, lies Seralia, a tiny fishing dock with a couple of tavernas and a pebbled beach.
Hotels in Kastro
Aris & Maria Houses
If you are looking for comfort, views, and authenticity, book a room at Aris & Maria Houses. The house hangs from the cliff and offers gorgeous views. Rooms have a lot of character and modern-day conveniences. If you want to have proper Wi-Fi, be sure to tell the hotel. This is an isolated house in the middle of a hill, so Wi-Fi can be tricky. Your hosts will treat you like a king!
In Motivo, each room comes with a kitchenette, TV, and a balcony with lovely views of the mountains and a glimpse of the sea. This big traditional house is tastefully decorated and spacious. The beds are comfy and the service is personalized. The owners are locals and will give you fantastic tips. The internet works perfectly.
The Best Beaches in Sifnos
Kamares is the main port in Sifnos, where ferries from Athens arrive. Besides, boats from the nearby islands operate during the summer. What makes Kamares special are the two huge hills that protect it from the wind.
Kamares beach is the longest in Sifnos. Since it’s sandy and shallow, it’s the best beach in Sifnos if you have kids. Shops and hotels line its streets. You will find the world-famous Sifnos ceramics here. For food, try the great restaurants overlooking the port. The northern part of the town is car-free, fantastic to walkabout.
Hotels in Kamares
Hotels in Sifnos and in Greece don’t get any better than Hotel Nymfes. It is one of our favorites in the country! The rooms are elegant, big, and come with a balcony with the best views in town. Traditional Sifnos ceramics decorate the beautifully manicured grounds. The pool is perfect, and the breakfast is top quality. Everything is made with local products!
Delfini is the last hotel overlooking Sifnos port. That’s why the views are so cool. You have to walk some 10 minutes to get to the beach. However, you can access a small beach directly from the hotel to swim! They have an infinity pool too. Rooms come with all modern-day conveniences and sea views. The best have a private hot tub.
Platis Gialos Beach
One of the most popular beaches in the south of Sifnos, Platis Gialos offers crystalline shallow waters. This is a long and narrow sandy beach with no trees, but loads of bars, sunbeds, and umbrellas to choose from. Other than the beach, you can visit two superb monasteries. Chrisopigi is next to the sea, while Panagia Tou Vounou is up the hill.
Don’t forget to climb to Aspros Pirgos, an ancient tower overlooking the beach. Platis Gialos is also popular for treks to cute little towns and secluded coves. Bring a recyclable bottle of water since the southern part of the island is less populated.
Hotels in Platis Gialos
Ideally situated just 10 meters from the beach, Verina Terra suites is the best hotel in Platis Gialos, if not all of Sifnos. The rooms are set around a cool pool with sunbeds and umbrellas. Besides, the beds are super comfortable and every room has a terrace to chill. The hotel has a bar on site and manages the restaurant by the same name. They can arrange all sorts of activities.
Giaglakis offers the best private rooms in Sifnos. Though simple, guests love them for their authenticity and atmosphere. The hotel is set around a lovely garden. Rooms come with a fully equipped kitchenette and a cool patio. To go to the beach all you have to do is walk one minute.
The small fishing village of Vathi, in southwest Sifnos, is a Mecca for trekkers. Since the north of the port is unpopulated and hilly, it offers splendid views, especially killer sunsets. The town itself has no streets, so almost everything has a sea view.
Vathi is a bay with shallow water, fine sand, and a couple of trees for shade. To some, it is one of the best beaches in Sifnos. In fact, the only 5-star resort on the island is here. You have a couple of tavernas and bars offering delicious food, sunbeds, and umbrellas.
Hotels in Vathi
Without a doubt, the Elies Resort is the best hotel in Vathi and Sifnos. The 65 m pool is huge and an attraction in itself. A 55,000 m2 olive forest surrounds the resort. Everything is upscale, elegant, and fancy. As you can imagine, the food is also top quality. A gym, a couple of bars, and sophisticated service complete the feast.
Aerides Boutique Rooms
You can’t sleep closer to the beach than at Aerides Boutique Rooms. Guests love this simple, comfy hotel due to its incredible location, clean rooms, and personal service. Rooms come with a fridge, TV, and great beds. Do yourself a favor and book one with sea views. You will sleep hearing the waves.
To the south of Sifnos, we find Faros, a charming little town with three beaches. Fassolou, Faros, and Vlycho are a step away from the center of the town. Faros Beach offers the best view of the Monastery of Chrisopigi on the rock by the sea. Fassolou is a sandy little bay perfect to be on your own and with killer sunsets.
The island’s most famous trek starts from Vlycho beach and leads you all the way to the Monastery of Chrisopigi and the Church of Agios Charalampos. What we love the most about Faros, is that its three beaches have no wind!
Hotels in Faros
Margarita and Chara
If you want a studio with one of the best sunsets in Faros and Sifnos, book one at Margarita and Chara. The hotel is just a couple of steps from the three beaches. Though rooms come with a kitchenette, there is a great taverna next door. Their homemade breakfast is superb!
The closest accommodation to Fassalou Beach, and with one of the best views in Sifnos, is Fassolou Studios. The hotel is on top of the mount, set in a gorgeous garden. Book a room here if you want to be on your own. No worries, you can walk to nearby tavernas and restaurants. Every room has a patio to enjoy unforgettable sunsets.
Our Recommendation for the Best Place to Stay in Sifnos
To us, the best place to stay in Sifnos is Kamares. The beach is long, wide, and sandy. Besides, there are plenty of restaurant and accommodation options. However, it never gets crowded and you have a natural shade under trees and umbrellas and sunbeds to rent. If you are into luxury resorts, stay at the Elies Resort in Vathi.
For some Sifnos culture, Apollonia and Artemonas are the places where to stay. Another fantastic place is Kastro. This atmospheric town is the epitome of a Greek Island and offers the best views in Sifnos. Regarding accommodation, Sifnos has a wide range of options, so you will find exactly what you want.
How to Get to Sifnos
Ferry from Athens
We always use Ferryhopper to check and buy our tickets across the Mediterranean. Ferries from Piraeus are the best way to get to Sifnos. Piraeus is the biggest port in Greece, just next to Athens. No matter where you stay in Athens, it is an easy trip to the port. From Athens to Sifnos, the ferry takes from 2.5 to 5 hours depending on which one you take.
As you can imagine, there are far more frequencies during the summer. However, ferries operate all year round. The trip is an attraction in itself and a must. Be sure to grab a window seat and go on deck. You won’t believe how beautiful Greece is.
Ferries from Other Islands
Travel only to Sifnos is you have no option. If you have enough time, we strongly recommend visiting other islands nearby. They are all gorgeous and quite different. Serifos is only 15 minutes from Sifnos. The ferry from Paros to Sifnos takes anywhere between 1 to 3 hours. The ferry from Milos to Sifnos takes anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours. Again, there are far more frequencies during summer, ferries operate all year round.
There are also ferries from Sifnos to Santorini, which take from 3 to 6 hours. Finally, the ferry from Mykonos to Sifnos takes between 2 to 6 hours. There are so many options that it’s better to use Ferryhopper. They have the best prices and all the routes!