Hiking on Serifos

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Like the neighbouring island of Sifnos, Serifos has an inviting landscape made for hikes. While Sifnos attracts hikers from near and far, there are still few who have discovered Serifos. There are still several of the old donkey paths on the northern parts of Serifos, one can also hike along the lush green streams of the valleys. The most beautiful period is the spring when the grass is green and the flowers are in bloom.

One of the finest hiking trails starts (signposted) at the small settlement (about three houses) of Pyrgos a few kilometres after the village ofSPanagia. There is a 6 kilometres hike from the sign down to Sikamia beach. Along the way you pass the village of Galani. The long Sykamina beach is a perfect end to an enjoyable hike. You should pre-order a taxi for your trip back. Or hike the same route back to the road where the rented car is waiting.

If you are going to hike on Serifos, I recommend Anavasi's blue map (1:17,000) that describes several hiking routes on the island. Terrain Maps is another Greek cartographic company specialized in hiking maps. Their map of Serifos has a scale of 1:25,000 and describes fifteen hiking routes. Both maps are available for purchase on Serifos. I can also recommend the hiking book Santorini, Sifnos, western and Southern Cyclades by Dieter Graf. The book describes four hikes on Serifos in detail.

The paths to Sykamina beach.

The path to Sikamia beach.

Hiking on Serifos.

Serifos is a barren island, but there are small oases with vegetation and dovecots.

Sikamia beach.

Sikamia beach.

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