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Location address: Greece, Sifnos
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Places of Interest nearby
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.
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.More information
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.Linked characteristic groups Wist je dat... Linked thematic groups Geology
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.
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
The islands landscape of Sifnos is mainly influenced by the two main underlying rocktypes (lithology): limestone and metamorphic green-schists/blueschists.
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 thematic groups Geology
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.Linked thematic groups History More information
Plenty of nice old walk paths link the picturesque villages and make Sifnos the ideal island for tranquil hikes.
The island is visibly greener than Serifos. And that is no coincidence. Check ou the geology.