It is worth taking a 10 minutes walk up to the Venetian castle, built in the 15th century, to drink in the view of the blue sea! An ideal place for taking a stroll or making a stop by the nearby cafés, fish tavernas and pastry shops located next to the seashore is the Serifos main Port, also know as Livadi. This area has a beautiful sandy beach but is also very close to Avlomonas and Livadakia beaches. Beach-goers will have plenty of beaches to choose from while visiting Serifos Island; rocky, pebbly or sandy ones accompanied by crystal blue waters will satisfy all tastes.
Beaches are reached either by car, walking trails or by sea. Serifos’ cuisine bursts with aromas and flavours! On your vacation here don’t miss: delicious meat products such as louzes, syglina (traditional cured pork) and sausages, as well as the islands rich aromatic spices. Taste marathopites and marathotiganites (fennel pies baked or fried), revythada (traditionally cooked chickpeas) with a local variety of raisins, sun-dried octopus, local cheeses such asmyzithres and xinomyzithres. Make sure to accompany your meal with the islands local wines. If you have a sweet tooth then try pasteli (sesame bar) which is cut in a diamond shape, with an almond in its middle and usually laid down on a lemon leaf as well as their delicious sweet wines.
The old mines: The coastal settlements of Megalo Livadi and Koutalas are deeply associated with the island’s long and turbulent mining history. The sights of the region include the remains of the old mine facilities, the impressive mining ladder, the former head quarters of the company who exploited the area, as well as the memorial dedicated to the workers who lost their lives during the great miners’ strike in 1916, claiming better working conditions. At the area of Koutalas, you can also see the Hellenistic Lefkos Pyrgos (White Tower), the remains of the Gria Castle and the throne of the Cyclops (known as Psaropyrgos). Also, the cave of Cyclops (Cave Koutalas), a former ancient religious centre, with remarkable stalactites and stalagmites.
MoniTaxiarchon: A monument of great architectural and religious value, situated close to the village of Galini. This fortified monastery was built in 1572 and it’s dedicated to Serifos’ patron saints, Michailand Gavriil. It features beautiful 18th century frescoes and other important relics.
Events, products and specialties
The inhabitants of Serifos - currently over 1,200 - are polite and warm hearted, and preserve the Cycladic tradition of hospitality and festivities. The backbone of the religious and social life of the island is made up local festivals, where the hosting celebrators will willingly serve you tasty treats on handmade, ceramic plates accompanied by the island music of local instruments. Try boiled kid meat with pasta, mashed fava beans - and the famous wine of Serifos. Some of the celebrations of Serifos include those of AgIa Triada, on the day of the Holy Spirit in Mavra Voladia, Christos Sotirason on August 6th, in Pyrgos, Panagiain Ramos and Skopous on 15 August, Taxiarches on 8 November in Monastiri. In Serifos you will find the Cyclops throne. Serifosis renowned for its wonderful pork products (louza, siglina, sausages) and dairy products (myzithra of charani, sour myzithra, piperati), along with capers and sundried tomatoes which are essential in its cooked foods and salads. The favourite dishes on the island are revithada, marathotiganites, and sundried octopus. Also search out the local thyme honey, It is exceptional!
Hiking is highly recommended in the island’s well-marked routes (try the most popular trail: Chora-Kastro-Livadi). Cycling, diving, windsurfing, sailing and fishing are also on the agenda.
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