Holidays in Serifos

View of Chora, the main town of Serifos island with the traditional architecture

Located on the western side of Cyclades and only 2 hours by ferry from Athens, Serifos is a small island with cozy atmosphere. A place of distinctive Cycladic beauty, Serifos island is a wonderful Greek destination for calm, off the beaten track holidays. Although it is located so close to the Greek capital, the island does not get as popular as other Cyclades islands, like Santorini, Mykonos, Paros and Naxos. Instead it keeps a low pace atmosphere with virgin beaches and hospitable locals. Holidays in Serifos can be easily combined with island hopping to Sifnos, Kythnos and Milos, three other wonderful islands on the western side of Cyclades.

Serifos hotels and tourism

As tourism in Serifos is not developed but keeps a low profile, tourist facilities and services are more basic than in other Greek islands. Serifos hotels, in particular, consist mostly of family hotels, studios and apartments. All these accommodations have traditional Cycladic style and modern facilities. Some luxurious hotels and villas in Serifos are popping up over the last years around the island, but the majority of hotels in Serifos are medium-scale, family-run businesses. Particularly lovely are the Serifos beach hotels, as they provide direct access to the beach.

Beaches

The most popular beaches of Serifos are located on the southern side of the island. Livadakia, Psili Ammos and Megalo Livadi are the most frequented and organized Serifos beaches. These beautiful places with the crystal water are lined up with many Serifos beach hotels and taverns, creating nice places to look for accommodation in Serifos. The island also has many other beaches that are not organized and can be accessed by road or boat. Agios Sostis, Sykamia, Ganema, Koutalas and Lia are among these less popular beaches of Serifos.

Villages

Apart from the small tourist settlements on the beaches and the port village of Livadi, Serifos actually has only one village, Chora. Constructed on the slopes of a steep hill, Chora is the capital of Serifos and a place of exquisite Cycladic beauty. It is made of small white houses, paved paths and many churches. In fact, on top of the hill there is a lovely church with breathtaking view to the Aegean Sea. Smaller villages of Serifos may be considered the tourist places of Livadi, Koutalas and Megalo Livadi.

Sightseeing

Sightseeing in Serifos is not many. The most important sight to visit in Serifos Cyclades is the location of the Old Mines, on a hill above Megalo Livadi. There, visitors can see mines that were in operation since the ancient times, old tools, a transhipment staircase and other remains of the old mining activity. In this place, a large strike took place in 1916 and three mining workers died, fighting to establish their rights. This strike is the most important event in Serifos history.

Another interesting sight in Serifos is the Monastery of Taxiarches, located on the northern side of the island. This monastery was constructed in the late 16th century, on the site of an older chapel. Many other monasteries and churches are spread around the island, most of them opening only in special occasions. Nice chapels are also found in Chora, the capital of Serifos, Cyclades islands.

Serifos in a glance

Swim in: Livadakia, Psili Ammos, Agios Sostis, Lia
Things to see: the Old Mines in Megalo Livadi, especially during the sunset time; the view from the church of Agios Konstantinos, on the highest spot of Chora
For a night out: stay in Chora, where there are few taverns and bars; these bars are lounge and usually close a bit after midnight; in August there are concerts and other events at the small open theatre in Kato Chora

How to get to Serifos

You can go to Serifos by ferry from Athens.
From the port of Piraeus: In summer, there are daily ferries from the port of Piraeus, the main port of Athens, to Serifos. The ferry trip lasts from 2-4 hours, depending on the vessel. This ferry also connects Serifos with other islands of Cyclades, especially the islands of Western Cyclades, like Kythnos, Sifnos, Milos and Kimolos. In low season, the ferry to Serifos from Pireaus departs 3 times per week.
From the port of Lavrion: Occasionally, in high season, there is a week ferry to Serifos from Lavrion, the southernmost town of Attica peninsula.

Villages and beaches
View from the hill top above Chora, the capital of Serifos

At a distance of only 5 km from Livadi, the main port of Serifos Cyclades, is Chora. This is the main village and capital of the island, constructed on the slopes of a hill, at an altitude of 230m. Chora Serifos distinguishes for the traditional Cycladic architecture and has two main quarters: Ano (Upper) Chora and Kato (Bottom) Chora, while on top of the hill is Kastro, the ruined castle that the...


View of Livadi Port from the top of Chora, Serifos island

Livadi is today the largest settlement of Serifos island. This is actually the main port of Serifos where ferries from Athens arrive and where fishing boats and private yachts find a safe shelter to moor. Lined up with boats and yachts, this port is a romantic place to stroll around in summer evenings. Established around 1870, during the period of the mining prosperity of Serifos, this village followed...


The relaxing beach of Livadakia in Serifos island and Chora at the background

Livadakia is a large bay with golden sand, only 500 m from Livadi, the port of Serifos island. Part of this beach is organized with sunbeds, umbrellas and seaside taverns, while there are also many Serifos beach studios and hotels there, providing accommodation with easy access to a fantastic beach and the tourist village of Livadi. Many trees line up Livadakia beach, offering natural shade to visitors....