Artemon Things to Do
Walking around in Artemonas is the best you can do here as it has many lovely corners, the renovated windmills, some beautiful mansions, lots of churches (that fit perfectly with the rest of the village), the house where poet Ioannis Gryparis was born etc It’s a picturesque place in general, we enjoyed not only the elegant mansions, the picturesque alleys and the flowered gardens (usually filled with perennial conifers and fruit trees) but also the numerous bakeries and patisseries where we bought the bread of the days and some delicious local desserts.
The village is located on a nice spot anyway atop a hill so you may have some great view from there, especially if you go near the windmills (one of them is renovated and transformed into a small hostel). The village is much quiter than Apollonia but also not really far if you want to be near the pubs of the capitals.
Opposite church Panagia Mpali you can visit the folklore exhibition of Ioannis Atsonios “Emeis Palia Sta Spitia Mas” (once upon a time in our homes) where you can see some exhibits of traditional life on the island. The exhibition takes place only in summer months.
In mid august the narrow main alley houses a street party, local Djs play loud music through out the day (and night) for those who want to dance.
In early September for 3 days at the central square of Artemonas takes place the Festival of Cycladitic Kitchen “Nikolaos Tselements” (named after the famous cooker/writer that was born in Sifnos) that includes booths from other islands of Cyclades.
You will find many traditional foods but also several other events, fold dances, music, representation of potteries etc What’s more a bazaar with local products will satisfy those who want to buy local food.
Check also the Cultural Center of Sifnos that houses several temporary exhibitions (it’s located at the beginning of the road towards Herronisos)Related to:
Artemonas is the birthplace of Nikolaos Chryssogelos, the great local teacher and national fighter during the greek revolution against the Ottoman Turks. He became the first education minister of the modern Greece.
We saw his bust on the small square that was named after him. Not much to do here, I took some pictures of the bust from different angles (pics 2-3) but also checked the numerous plaques on the wall that mention that the space was donated in the memory of Georgios and Flora Vernikou, you will notice members of Vernikos family mentioned through out the island, no surprise as it is a rich family that have its roots in Sifnos and donated many things.
Artemonas is also the birthplace of Ioannis Gryparis, a famous greek poet, philologist and translator. He was the first director of the National Theatre. You can visit his house at Artemonas (located at Gryparis street of course) while his statue stands at front yard of the elementary school. I forgot to take a picture :(Related to:
- Historical Travel
As every village in Sifnos there are many churches in Artemonas too. It was so nice to see that all of them were in harmony with local architecture.
Opposite the main parking lot (where the bus departs/derminates) you can visit the church of Agios Konstantinos & Eleni (pic 1), a beautiful church dedicated to Constantine the Great and his mother Saint Helena (she supposed that have found the relics of the True Cross).
Opposite the second parking lot we saw the church of Taxiarches (pics 2-3-4), dedicated to Archangels Michael and Gabriel (in greek orthodoxy they lead the heavenly host so they called taxiarchs). The church was beautifully decorated, we were there early one morning that was Great Friday on orthodox Easter and stood there during the mass with many locals.
Other churches in Artemonas:
Panagia Ammou (Virgin Mary of Sand), house a rare icon showing Virgin Mary without the Divine Infant on her hands.
Panagia Kochi, probably built upon the spot where the temple of Artemis was during the ancient era.
Agios Loukas, at the entrance of Artemonas
Panagia Mpali, another beautiful church
Ai Giorgis Afentis (St George the Master) with icons from 1645Related to:
- Religious Travel
Artemonas, Kamaroti, , 84003, Greece
Good for: Solo
You can easily walk around in Artemonas, the bus will drop you next to the main parking lot, everything is in walking distance.
There’s a simple map at the bus stop (pic 1) where you can see every church or other interesting site.
It’s hard to get lost here anyway :)
Artemonas is located on central east part of Sifnos, 1,5km north of Apollonia, 4,5km northwest of Kastro, 7km of Kammares (the port).
You can easily drive there, there are 2 parking lots, one opposite Taxiarches church and the central one where the bus terminal is. Public parking is free all over Sifnos island.
From Apollonia you can also reach Herronisos (14km to the north), Poulati church (3km to the east but the last part is dirt road, you may need a 4x4 car).
Artemonas is the starting point for every bus on the island. You can catch bus to Apollonia, Kastro, Kamares, Platis Yialos, Vathi, Faros.
Single ticket is 1,60euro (for Apollonia only 1euro), pay directly at the driver.
Coming from other villages to Artemonas have in mind that bus leaves you at the entrance of the village and then you just walk inside
In early May there were only a few buses on the island but during summer there are many more through out the day.
For timetable off season you better check here before you arrive, on may 2013 it was fully updated including the special buses for the Holy Week but also the timetable for the next months. Usually they have it written on the bus stop too, most hotels will have the timetable too.
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