This small Cycladic Greek island of Serifos is found between Kythnos Island and Sifnos island, in Western Cyclades, 2 hours away from Piraeus port and in the Aegean sea.
“Naked” hills interrupted by small valleys, typical Cycladic architecture underground rich in iron ore – which was explained until the middle of the last century – exquisite beaches as well as small secluded bays, is what in general terms comprises the Serifos island.
Things to Do in Serifos Greece
What you see first, approaching the harbor of Serifos, is Livadi – the port – with typical white Cycladic houses.
It is the most living place of the island where you can find picturesque small restaurants and cafes by the sea, as well as gift shops and mini markets, all easily approachable on foot.
Being at Livadi, if you survey back, you can see the impressive Chora hitched on the mountain.
It 5 km away from Livadi, and it is worth visiting it either by the local buses or on foot, following the long path starting from Livadi (Our proposal though is to go up to Chora by vehicle and come down on foot, using the path).
There you can walk through its narrow streets ending up to the remnants of the Castle with the breath-taking view to the Aegean.
Where it is time to think about swimming, you will face a lot of excellent alternatives.
Beautiful Beaches of Serifos Island
“Lia beach,” “Ag. Sostis beach”, “Psili Ammos beach,” and “Ag. Ioannis beach” are exquisite beaches in the eastern part of the island, where you can go following the direction for “Psili Ammos.”
If you take the south road, you will discover the magnificent seaside of “Vayia,” “Ganema”, “Koutalas” and “Mega Livadi”, in the southwestern part of the island.
Another worth swimming beach is “Sykamia”, to the north.
For those who love adventure, the beaches of “Kalo Ambeli” would be their ultimate choice in the southern part on the way to Vayia and Ganema. (This is not accessible by road).
Considered you have a car with you (or a mo-ped), the access to the beaches of the island is a more or less comfortable case.
If you do not, though, then you have limited choices, as the local buses go only to Koutalas, Ganema, and Mega Livadi in the southwest part of the island, passing through Chora and other mountainous villages, as well as to Psili Ammos and Ag. Ioannis in the western part of the island.
In that case, try to double-check the departure and return runs of the buses (The timetable is found in the entrance of the small yacht port at Livadi, from where the buses depart).
Flyboard at Serifos Greece
The Flyboard is a fantastic machine, powered by a jet ski, that allows propulsion underwater and in the air.
Flyboard is very intuitive, and once you find your balance, you can start flying in the air or jump like a dolphin out of the water.
Half bird, half dolphin, fly boarders are superheroes of the oceans. They fly before your eyes, dive into the depths, and reappear in a breath, riding between the sea and the sky.
It is a show unique in the world!
Find your balance, and you will become Flying Man or Dolphin Man!
Between 2 and 20 minutes are needed to learn with an instructor.
Exploring the Caves of Serifos Greece
In the northwest area of Serifos, there is Mikro Livadi (Little Meadow).
The greater area has lots of mining history and interests.
For many decades the area was bursting with life, as over 6000 miners with the primitive means of that time and their iron filled the mountains of Serifos with lots of holes!
Nowadays, the only things that remain are rusty wagons and them memories of the elders.
Lots of the mining galleries are reachable to visitors, and each one has a different story to tell.
It is a real underground journey!
Everything starts from the main gallery of a mine in the area of Mikro Livadi, which goes through an entire mountain and ends up to the bay of Koutala-Kalogero (deserted beach).
Multiple entrances with similar exits consist of a difficult puzzle where the visitor will be called to explore.
From the entrance and the surrounding area, the visitor gets the first taste of what a mining activity is about.
He/she can see wagons, rail tracks, and half-ruined bridges. It is a scenery pulled out from a science fiction movie.
You can go through the entrance that is near one beach and end up to another one. You will swim, dive, enjoy the sun, the sea, and the peace of these routes.
Finally, as a genuine explorer, you can rest at the traditional taverns of the area.
Sightseeing Serifos Greece
- Churches like St. Athanassios at Chora, built in the 19th century.
- The Folklore Museum and the archeological Collection at Chora.
- The dominating neoclassical building of the old iron-minerals` headquarters of Mega Livadi.
- The remnants of the old iron mine rise at Koutalas bay and Mega Livadi.
- The “Taxiarchis” monastery near Galani village in the northwest part of the island, which was built during the 17th century (it would be wise of you to arrange first before visiting the monastery, as there is only one monk there!).
- The church of Virgin Mary(Panagia) in Panagia village, built around 950 – 1000 A. D. At the point, we would like to mention to you the traditional local feasts that take place at specific dates of the year(celebrations` eves) and it would be an unforgettable experience for you or could go(provided you are found at that time in the island).
- The Holy Spirit’s (Penticost) fests, it takes place on Pentecost eve of Ag. Triada church, in the western part of the island near Mega Livadi village.
- The St. Panteleimonas` fest: on the 26th of July at Chora.
- The fest of the Saviour: on the 5th of August at the Saviour’s church near the beach of Kalo Ambeli.
- The Madonna’s fests that take place on the 14th of August in two areas: at Ramos` Madonna’s church and Panagia` village.
- The Ag. Sostis` fest; it takes place on the 6th of September at the most picturesque church by the sea of Ag. Sostis beach.
How to Get to Serifos
Serifos is solely accessible by ferry from the port of Piraeus (Athens). There is no airport on the island. Your trip will last around 2.5 hours but sometimes it may take longer depending on if the routes change or if you book with a slow ferry. For the speed ferry, the ticket fee is around 50 euro (one way).
Where to Stay in Serifos Greece
Serifos has different kinds of accommodation. From low budget ones to boutique hotels.
If you are looking for something in the mid-range close to Chora and in case you don’t have a car or bike, then choose Indigo Studios at Livadia. Livadia is close to all the places to eat and party, to beaches and to the ferries.
If you travel frugally and seek just for a clean room but with basic amenities, then Cavo D’Oro is a good selection.
Serifos is a beautiful island, and there are a lot of outdoor/adventure activities to do there.
Go and get the Serifos experience!
We want to thank Serifos Scuba Divers for their article.