Hiking on Sifnos

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If you want to know Sifnos' soul for real, you should go on a hike, seeing as many of the old donkey tracks is still in original condition. Sifnos is a suitable island if one have not tried to hike before, which I think you should do while you are in Greece. There is so much to discover as you hiking, small details and encounters that you would otherwise miss.

Try the hike that goes from Apollonia to Apokofto beach. The hike is easy and goes along old donkey tracks (monopatis), no motor vehicles that disturbs, just bleating goats and braying donkeys. When you get to Apokofto you throw yourself into the sea and reward yourself with a cold beer at one of the tavernas. Could not be better. My absolute favourite hike is the one that goes between Faros and Kastro. For the experienced hiker, I can recommend the one that ends 695 meters above sea level on top of the mountain of Profitis Elias above Kamares. There is a monastery with the same name. The view is overpowering.

If you are going to hike on Sifnos, I recommend the blue map (1:25,000) published by Anavasi, which describes eight hikes on the island. Terrain maps is another Greek cartographic company specialized in hiking maps. They have a map of Sifnos with a scale of 1:20,000, and it describes thirteen hikes. I also recommend the hiking book Santorini, Sifnos, western and Southern Cyclades by Dieter Graf. The book describes twelve hikes on Sifnos in detail. The travel agency Aegean Thesaurus in Apollonia organizes guided hikes around Sifnos if you do not want to hike independently.

Many travel to Sifnos to hike.

Many travel to Sifnos to hike.


On hike to Faros along old donkey paths.


Hiking on Sifnos.

Many of the old donkey track remains. This trail runs between Apollonia and Faros, via Kastro.



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