Classic Cycladic style
Sifnos is the perfect balance of seclusion and sophistication. In the rugged hills, stone-paved trails thread past honeycombed dovecotes and blue-domed chapels. On the sandy bays, bronzed beauties kick back with cucumber margaritas and baby squid tempura. In the sugar cube villages, design hotels nestle beside wood-fired bakeries.
The definition of low-key luxury, Sifnos has everything in moderation. You’ll find old-time tavernas with tables in the sand at Vathy. Stylish boutiques and late-night bars in Apollonia. Ancient columns propping up medieval houses in Kastro. Wafts of jasmine and flashes of hot pink bougainvillea in the whitewashed alleys of Artemonas, one of the prettiest villages in the Cyclades.
If you love food, you will love Sifnos. The island has been a gourmet destination since Nikos Tselementes wrote the first Greek cookbook a century ago. While Tselementes aspired to haute cuisine, today’s locals excel at Greek soul food: chickpea croquettes flecked with marjoram, caramelised onion and caper stew, slow-roast lamb with dill and red wine. Dishes are named after the terracotta casseroles handmade in the island’s potteries, where you can pick up exquisite ceramics for a song.
Authentic and unpretentious, Sifnos is accessible (3 hours by ferry from Athens) but still deliciously traditional. Little wonder it’s so popular with affluent Athenians and cosmopolitan tastemakers. From grand manor houses to breezy bungalows, we have exclusive access to some of the most stylish villas on this very special island.
Arietta Sifnos, Exabela
Hidden behind high walls, this manor house is located in the peaceful village of Exambela....
Hidden behind high walls, this manor house is located in the peaceful village of Exambela. Built in 1870 for one of the most prominent families...