how to go there
Boat is the only option to reach Sifnos island as there is no airport although some rich people may use the heliport :)
Pic 3 shows where Sifnos is among other islands of Cyclades.
We arrived at Kamares by ferry from Piraeus, slow ferry (pic 1) takes 5hours30’ (31 euros one way) while the fast one (pic 2) takes 2hours 30’ (48 euros one way).
Kamares is the port of Sifnos island located at the west side. You can book a room there or move 5km east to Apollonia (the capital) which is the biggest village with more restaurants, pubs etc Some others prefer to stay in other villages that are located near the beach, choose between Platis Yialos, Vathi, Faros, Cherronisos etc
How to move around
Sifnos is a mid size island, with small distances. You can just relax in one village enjoying the beach or/and visit other areas for as half day trips. Near the port we saw an info booth with several maps covering almost every village/beach of the island. Pic 5 is the map of Kamares
All villages in Sifnos are connected with several buses (especially during high season), all of them start from Artemonas/Apollonia. You pay directly to the driver, one way ticket costs 1,60e except Apollonia-Artemonas route (1e) and Kamares-Platis Yialos route (2.20e)
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.
there are 10 taxis on the island, there were always 3-4 of them at the central square of Apollonia waiting for customers.
if you don’t have a car and you travel there off season and the bus times are not suitable you may use a taxi. If you need to call one use the following numbers:
2284031656, 2284033570, 2284031295, 2284031719, 2284031626, 2284031661, 2284031173, 2284031473, 2284031777, 2284031216
By renting a car or a scooter you will feel much more comfortable and getting everywhere around without worries about the next bus.
There are many rental spots in Kamares:
Elmar(2284031040), Podotas group (2284033081), Sifano (2284033044), Thriftys (2284033383), 1o Moto car rental(2284033791)
But also in Apollonia:Apollo (2284033333), F & S (2284031795) and in Platis Yialos: Chrisopigi Travel(2284071523)
Sifnos has an interesting network of old footpaths that connect villages with churches, monasteries and ancient sites. We noticed a map of these paths at Kamares (pic 5), most of them are about 4-6km long but also some longer ones.
-Apollonia>Kato Petali > Moni tis Vrysis > Platis Yialos (6.8km, 3h30mins)
-Kastro > Faros > Chrysopigi (4.7km, 2h20mins)
-Platis Yialos > Fykiada bay > Profitis Ilias Kondou > Platis Yialos (8.2km, 4h)
-Katavati > Vathy (6.7km, 3h30mins)
-Agios Loukas > Poulati > Kastro > Moni tis Vrisis > Agios Andreas (7.2km, 3h40mins)
-Apollonia > Agios Lazaros > Agios Simeon (6.1km, 3h)
-Agia Anna > Agios Sostis (4.3km, 2h)
Island cruising by speedboat
This was actually when we had to leave Sifnos. Our ferry was unfortunately cancelled because of bad weather and we could either stay a couple of days more or hire a boat to sail us to Paros in two hours. We were all up for the boat thing - it could be pretty fun trying to sail in a boat with our very own captain. Well, we were pretty naive, and imagining a yacht with sundeck and bathroom was really aiming to high, when we saw the little speedboat that was going to take us to Paros. Well, we thought, that could be an exiting experience too, and in good faith we got in the speedboat and my dad got ready with the camera, dispite the "captain's" advise to pack the camera away. The first 5 min. was fine...the next 1 hour and 55 minutes was hell. There is a reason why the ferries get cancelled because of bad weather! The waves were huge, and the speedboat was bumbing up and down, leaving my organs in my throat and my back soar from all the crashing into the boat.
I cannot recommend this. It would probably have been much better in good, quiet weather (I don't know what we were thinking about), but I still wouldn't recommed it..I would stick to the old, wellknown ferry. The trip only left us wet, shakiing and crying...and one camera shorter.
- Sailing and Boating
OF COURSE, FLEXIBILITY IS IMPORTANT
Sifnos is an island with an oval shape, with nice small villages spreaded among his beautiful rocky mountains and some sandy beaches.
I recommend you to rent a car for a couple of days to ride wandering the island, the views and the isolated beaches are stunning, the paradise of the photographers.
Two or three times we rented a 4WD Suzuki, rough enough and with a good traction force to make bearable the riding on those paths.
Te "FS" Rent A Car office is just on the block behind the Anthoussa Hotel in Apollonia, just on the bus stop square. The price per day was rounding the u$s 40, for sure today is higher (like everythings), anyway, this island is cheaper than the others.
After you feel enough rides crossing the island I recommend to use the Public Transport,, is very cheap, efficient and with service covering almost everyplaces of the island.. (just remember tha the last round trip is at 11 pm on high season and 9 pm on low season)
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...OR FLY RUSHING THE WAVES
Flying Dolphins company has high speed ships, two classes indeed: the Hydrofoils and the newest Catamarans. Tickets are more expensives than a ferries tickets, and more or less a half cheapest than airplane ticket cost.
The time to arrive to destinations is a 30-40% less than a standard ship. This service has just one problem, when the sea is too rough they can't sail, but when is calm the speed is amazing. For timetables check the website below.
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ONLY BY SHIP...
Sifnos hasn't airport because his rough mountains, so, you cannot choice another transportation way but the ship.
Several companies departs from Piraeus port to Sifnos, at least two frequencies by day .
One of this companies is Ventouris Lines, perhaps it isn't the state of the art in sea transportation but you don't need the Queen Elizabeth for a 3 and a half hours trip.
First departure from Piraeus at 7:30 in the morning, buy tickets just on the pier or on the ship.
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wind through your hair
The best way to see Sifnos is by scooter. The freedom to go where you want, when you want is wonderful. The roads are narrow and curvy so it's important to take your time - well it was for me as it was my first time on a scooter. Renting was easy, visa. I can't remember the cost exactly but I do remember thinking it was reasonable.
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- Road Trip