6 days of luxury on the water from Athens to Sifnos
Only in Sifnos island can you stroll through medieval towns that time forgot, swim in brililant blue Cycladic waters and indulge your Greek culinary fantasies.
Trip checkins are on Saturdays, at 5:00p.m. and you’ll be checking out from your yacht in Sifnos on Thursday, at 5:00p.m.
- Perfect for all types of groups
- One way trip
- Ideal trip to combine with another holiday stay
- Private tour is operated with just your party and the captain
What you need to know
Capacity: Up to 6 people
Yacht type: Sailing yacht
Departs from: Athens
Duration: 6 days, accommodation for 5 nights
Nearest airport: ATH – Athens, El Venizelos – Greece
ON THE WAY TO SIFNOS ISLAND
Upon leaving Athens, you’ll sail southeast along the Athenian riviera for around five and a half hours, until you reach Kea’s bay of Koundouros. The bay features a number of small coves and beaches – it’s also a summer destination for the affluent who have turned many of the area’s traditional mills into luxurious villas. Peaceful Koundouros is a safe harbour to spend the night in.
Go for an early swim at Koundouros’ organized beach, or sail just north to Pisses beach, before setting off for Sifnos island.
Known for its whitewashed towns that gleam in the noonday sun, Sifnos is an island that beckons you to explore its secrets. Sifnos is also a favorite amongst Greeks who are looking for good food and lively bars. There’s a lot to see in mainland Sifnos, so renting a car is also a good idea. Sifnos has a rich culinary tradition that’s why, when eating out, don’t go for the typical Greek dishes – tempt your tastebuds. Sifnos is also rich in natural beauty. The Natura 2000 nature reserve is situated on the west of the island, and is home to many indigenous species of plants and animals.
THINGS TO DO IN SIFNOS
Kamares is a large, shallow and protected bay that’s ideal for relaxed holidays for friends and families. You won’t find them on Google Maps or Tripadvisor, but ask around and you’ll get directions to Piratis (Pirate) Bar and the tavern of Koutouki. At the other side of Sifnos, the town of Castro (Castle) is a picture-postcard community overlooking the Aegean whose roots are lost in antiquity. The Venetian castle overlooking the town dates back to 1635. Also standing proudly just outside this medieval town is the church of Eftamartyres, one of the most photographed churches in the Cyclades. Situated inland, the capital of Apollonia and nearby Atermonas are where you’ll find most of Kythnos’ dining, entertainment, shopping and services.
Vathy attracts lots of yachters who find refuge in its protected waters. The beach is quite long – up to 1.5 km and, thanks to its shallow water, perfect for swimming. Platis Gialos is the island’s most popular beach. A number of restaurants and beach bars are situated along its 800 meter stretch. Watersports are also to be found here. You won’t find a long beach at Chrysopigi, but the volcanic rocks right underneath the church of the same name are popular for sunbathing and diving. Within walking distance is Apokofto, an isolated and fine-grained beach with azure water and Tamarix trees that offer plenty of shade. Faros is a small and picturesque community where you can go for a quiet swim in its two beaches of Faros and Fasolou.
At the northwest of the island, at Achlada, you won’t find a beach but you can drop anchor at a series of secluded coves. Heronissos is the beach of a small fishing village at the northern tip of Sifnos. From Kamares, go for a day trip with your incrediblue yacht to swim and eat the catch of the day. Arrive early in the day if you want to seek refuge under the Tamarix trees.