On the way to Santorini
, Serifos is often neglected by tourists. The island`s calm atmosphere and isolated beaches predispose to lazy and crowd-free holdays. But if you happen to spots its Chora from the ferry, it will definitely grab your attention and make you consider it.
Serifos is one of the smaller Cyclades Islands
, with almost circular shape and area of 75 square kilometers. It lies between Kythnos
, with predominantly rocky landscape but on many of the beaches there are trees growing right on the sand, as the island has drinking water. It is connected via ferry to Piraeus and other islands of the group. Ferries arrive at the port of Livadi
, which is a small resort with a couple of sandy beaches. Above Livadi rises up the impressive capital - Serifos or Chora, with white houses amphitheatrically arranged on the slopes of a high hill, starting from Livadi and reaching to the top of the hill and the chapel of Agios Konstantinos. Chora is divided into two neighborhoods, Kato (Lower) Chora and Ano (Upper) Chora. A ring road encircles the entire village but the streets inside it are mainly pedestrian, with small squares, cafes, restaurants and labyrinth of stairs leading to Agios Konstantinos chapel, with the best view of the entire gulf.
Except for Livadi and Chora, there are a few more sleepy villages in the inner part of the island. Accommodation and tavernas can be found around the beaches but they are too small to be called resorts. All beaches accessible by car are localized on the south, west and north coast. The beaches in Livadi are sandy, shallow and partly organized with sunbeds and parasols. Since they are in the big gulf where the port is, they are sheltered from winds and waves are very rare. Other popular beaches close to Livadi and Chora are Lia, Agios Sostis, Psili Ammos and Agios Ioannis, all on the east coast and easily accessible but without beach facilities. a bit further to the north is Platis Gialos, small and isolated. To the south are Vagia
, long and empty most of the time, nevertheless there are a few hotels in the area. Kalo Ampeli is another beach to the south, a small cove with sand and pebbles and clear blue water but you can reach it via a small path. Around Kalo Ampeli there are rocks in which the sea has carved some interesting channels. The west part of Serifos is rocky and not developed, there are only two beaches which can be accessed via land - Sikamia and Avissalos.
In an area called Megalo Livadi the old ore mines of Serifos can be visited. They are right by the sea and they were exploited until 1964. Today visitors can can see some of the buildings, abandoned mining facilities as wagons and a loading platform.