Places of Interest nearby
Location address: Greece, Sifnos, Vathy
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Most of the houses near the beach of Vathi can only be reached via the beach because the main paved road stops at the border of the village. If you rent a room in Vathi, there is a big chance you will carry your luggage with a wheelbarrow (or they will do that for you). Because there are no roads and as such cars in the village, it makes it a great place for children.
Vathi, means “deep”. Some sources state that it takes its name from the depth of the sea in the harbor, as well as from the fact that the harbor here is situated at the low end of the surrounding area. But the local potter Flora Markou explained us that it means deep because the bay is deep versus the surrounding mountainous areas. As such, the depth doesn’t refer to the depth of the sea here but of the depth of the bay versus the mountains. Tha makes more sense because the bay itself is not that deep here.
Vathi Beach is actually a small bay with sandy shore and crystal water. This golden beach streches for more than 1 kilometre and it is arguably one of the most beautiful areas of Sifnos for the shallow waters and an amazing surrounding of high cliffs. Along the beach you will find numerous beach facilities, trees for cool shade as well as plenty of bars and restaurants. One can easily reach Vathi via an road from Apollonia, the capital of Sifnos. The most unique characteristic of Vathi is the Church of Taxiarches which stands in front of the small port.
Vathy doesn’t have a central sewer system. But that doesn’t mean that the sewage goes into the sea. The sewage is collected in cisterns, and these cisterns are being emptied at regular intervals, and deposited in a proper location.
Linked characteristics: Peculiar
Vathi was famous for its exceptionally well-made ceramic pots, which were exported to the nearby Cycladian islands, but also as far as Crete, Cyprus and Alexandria. This old tradition of pottery making is still alive in Vathi. Make sure that you visit the pottery workshop and gallery of Flora Markou.
A typical Aegean architectural element as you can find many in Vathy.
Vathy is a very child friendly place.
Prehistoric tombs dating from 3000-2000 B.C. can be found in Pounda (Vathi).
Linked themes: History