less popular island with small secluded beaches

Sunset view


Sikinos is a small mountainous island of the Cyclades, located between Ios and Folegandros. Unlike the neighbor Ios which is famous for its great nightlife, this island is a very laid-back and almost untouched by tourism.

Sikinos is best known for the lonely white chapels with sea views and the hiking trails.

Hotels in Sikinos

Where to stay in Sikinos?

View of Chora

Sikinos has only two settlements - the main village Sikinos Chora and the port of Alopronia. Alopronia is on the east coast and offers the greatest selection of hotels for the island, a few tavernas and a sandy beach with shallow water.

Sikinos Chora is built on a hill in the northwest and consists of two small settlements next to each other - Kastro and Chorio. Chora has the authentic look and spirit of a Cycladic village and for sure you will not meet crowds of people, although visitors come mainly in the village for a meal in the cozy tavernas and for the view from the church of Agia Anna.

Which are the beaches of Sikinos?

Sikinos is not the type of an island for a beach holiday. There are seven beaches total and only three of them can be reached by car - Alopronia, Dialiskari and Agios Georgios. Alopronia is sandy and shallow, while Dialiskari and Agios Georgios have sand mixed with pebbles and rocks on the sea bottom. They all have some trees for natural shades as well as parasols to use free of charge provided by the municipality of the island.

The rest four beaches are secluded bays between rocks, accessible only by boat or via hiking trails. The paved road of the island connects the port with Sikinos Chora and with the beach of Agios Georgios.

What to do in Sikinos?

Small square in Chora

Obviously, there are not many things you can do in Sikinos apart from hiking or relaxing at the few beaches, but do not miss the following places:

- Sikinos Chora
- The church of Agia Anna and the Monastery of Panagia Chrysopigi above Chora
- The old stone church of Episkopi
- The church of Agia Marina for the fantastic sea and sunset view

How to get to Sikinos?

Sikinos can be reached only by boat and ferry. There is no airport in the island, the closest is the airport of Santorini.

There is a ferry from the port of Piraues on mainland Greece which stops at Sikinos a few times weekly. In the summer there are also regular speed boats which connect Sikinos with Ios, Folegandros, Santorini and other islands of the group.

Destinations in Sikinos

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