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At the Cycladic landscape civilization flourished through the daily routine, the celebrations, the religious festivals, the whitewashing of the house taking care of the cobbled lanes, the maintenance of the dry stone walls in the fields, the wise cultivation of the land, the creation of works of art for clay, the picking of the olives, the meeting with the saltiness of the sea. The houses harmoniously woven knitted with the natural landscape even today emphasize the need for the respect of the civilization with which they harmoniously boarded with the passing of the centuries.

hotel sifnos Here, at Sifnos island, one still can find routes lined with stones, forests with cedar-trees and oak-trees, lentisk and olives groves, sand hills and sea plants (like little lilies) which are threatened with extinction from the Mediterranean coasts. Today we are invited to pass into a future which is much friendlier towards civilizations and the environments which were both created and respected by previous generations.
        Sifnos, the birthplace of perhaps the best known chef and food writer, Tselementes, and of Markou, another highly esteemed of Greece, has a delicious local cuisine. Make sure you try some of the local specialties, such as revithokeftedes (chickpea-balls), manoura or mizethra (local cheese), ambelophasoula, a local variety of beans accompanied by skordalia (a thick spread of sauce made of garlic), chickpeas cooked in the oven, salad with locally produced capers, and lamb cooked in mastelo (special ceramic pot). The Sifnian home-made cookies and pastries are famous; many of these; such as biscuits, almond cookies, little pies filled with local cheese and the local variety of sesame snaps, you can find the traditional bakeries and pastry shops on the island, as well as in some restaurants.


sifnosSifnos is the rampart of development and propagation of pottery in the area of the Cyclades. The first samples of pottery art date back to the early Cycladic period (small statues, decorative items and utensils) and this art continues since then until today. Initially, the pottery shops were located in the inland, near Artemonas and Ano Petali, in order to be protected from the invasions of pirates dominating in the Aegean Sea. Later, they were transferred to the island's bays and particularly to those protected by the strong north winds. The Sifnian people diffused their art all over Greece while many pottery shops were established by Sifnians or by people having served as their apprentices. Today there are still more than twelve pottery-making shops throughout Sifnos, contributing in continuing the tradition of our ancestors. So, the island's visitor may find wonderful decorative pots made by the skilful hands of Sifnian potters, who since many centuries have been working with craftsmanship and devotion the Sifnian soil, shaping objects of unique beauty and art.


sifnosEqually worth mentioning is the Sifnians contribution to the sciences and the Greek literary tradition. As someone wrote, "if, in ancient times, Sifnos's wealth was measured by the gold and silver it produced, in the last two centuries it can be measured by its cultural output." indeed, the island can boast a large number of Sifnians who contributed to the social development and reconstruction of the modern Greek state: politicians, teachers, religious leaders, journalists, lawyers and economists. And we shouldn't neglect to mention the local literary tradition that has become an integral part of the literary tradition in Greece, and which still remains vibrant today.


Known as the "Poets Island", Sifnos has given birth to such poets as Ioannis Gryparis, Cleanthis Triantaphillou (also known as Rambaya), Aristomenis Provelengios, Stelios and Theodosios Sperantzas, Titos Patrikios , and Nikos G. Stafilopatis, the editor of the Anthology of Sifnian Poets the collection of folklore songs and carols which won the Greek Academy's Prize, as well as the playwrighter Manolis Korres, the folklorist Manos Philippakis.


At the summer months the centre of nightlife is Apollonia,  but  there are picturesquely little café and bars almost in all villages.


Sifnos Hotel
: Apostolos Diaremes
: +30 22840 33068, +30 22840 31624


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