Places of Interest nearby
Sifnos has plenty of nice and historical walking paths linking the picturesque villages and churches. It makes Sifnos the ideal island for tranquil hikes. To maintain this unique cultural heritage of the island, the project “Paths of Culture” was set up in 1972, a project of ELLENIKI ETAIRIA. This Society for the Environment & Cultural Heritage in cooperation with the Municipality of Sifnos and with the involvement of local schools, local cultural organizations and volunteers, implemented this project “Paths of Culture” by carefully selecting and signposting a series of walks, offering visitors the opportunity to discover the local products and the island’s natural beauty in a healthy and eco-friendly way.
Did you know that Sifnos had ancient gold mines near Agios Sostis. Sifnos has ore deposits of gold, iron, lead and silver. They were exploited since the Antiquity.
Sifnos is well known all over Greece for its long tradition in pottery and its naturally occurring flameproof clay. To make their pottery, Sifnians exploited the abundant high quality argil deposits, the running water from springs, and the lentisk, used as carburant.
Linked themes: Geology
Sifnos was a weatlhy island due to its gold and silver mines and ores. The island was so wealthy that they built the famous Treasure of Sifnos in Delphi in the 6th century BC.
Linked themes: Geology
These are a few food items that are recommended you should try when in Sifnos.
Revithia (chickpea stew)
Mastello lamb stew
Honey and honey pie
Linked themes: Eat and drink
Between 800-500 B.C, Sifnos experienced a rapid economic development due to mining. Sifnian currency came into circulation for the first time, manufactured in local mint. It was also the period when the original fortifications were established, and the agora, temples, watchtowers, and so-called “optical telegraphs” to the defend of the precious metals mines were built.
Sifnos is characterised by hills and small fertile valleys verdant with olive trees, vines and grain inland and a steep coastline. In the centre of the island the highest peak, Prophetes Helias, imposes at an altitude of 678 metres.
I don’t know how to define why, but Sifnos is a very childfriendly place.
Linked characteristics: Child friendly
Prophet Elias and the west part of Sifnos have been included in the European network “NATURA 2000”. The north part of Sifnos has been declared as one of the Important Bird Areas of Greece.
The islands landscape of Sifnos is mainly influenced by the two main underlying rocktypes (lithology): limestone and metamorphic green-schists/blueschists.