Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Sifnos lies in the Cyclades between Serifos and Milos, west of Delos and Paros, about 130 km (81 mi) (80 nautical miles) from Piraeus (Athens’ port).

As there is no airport on the island, the only way to travel to Sifnos is by ferry. There are ferries to Sifnos almost daily from the port of Piraeus in Athens, while there is also a good ferry connection between Sifnos and other islands of Cyclades.

Island hopping from Sifnos is an excellent opportunity to explore more Greek islands after your vacation on this astonishing place.

Sifnos is a relatively small island.The municipality has an area of 73.942 square kilometres (28.549 sq mi) and is 15 km (9 mi) long and 7.5 km (4.7 mi) wide.

You  are advised to spend at least three nights in Sifnos. It’s a very pretty little island with lots to offer, and three days + three nights will give you time to visit the beaches, mountain villages, Kastro and sights in between at a reasonable pace.

 

Sifnos is one of the most beautiful Greek islands. Located in the Cycladic region of the beautiful Aegean Sea, Sifnos offers amazing beaches, beautiful nature, picturesque villages, delicious Greek food and a chic lifestyle. However Sinfos is very famous for its culinary tradition and ceramics.

The permanent population of Sifnos is 2,625 people.

Sifnos operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

The standard voltage in Greece is 230 V with a frequency of 50 Hz. Most visitors will then require a voltage converter, especially for Americans used to a 120 V standard. However, if your device can run on either 110 V or 220 V at 50 or 60 Hz, all you need to use it in Greece is an adapter plugs

The simple answer is to always drink bottled water by default. Tap water varies in the islands and during the year, it can get very salty and taste awful. The high salt content can upset some people. It is safe from a microbes point of view.

Absolutely! Sifnos is a very safe island.

There is no obligation to tip at restaurants, hotels, bars, or spas in Portugal, but how much should you tip for exceptional service? You can’t go wrong by leaving a little extra when service exceeds your expectations.

Good english is spoken widely in Sifnos, pretty much everyone under thirty and of the whole population half or more. While most of the people you’ll run into will be very friendly and speak or at least understand English, it might be helpful to learn a few words of Greek.

 

You can take a ferry from the ports of Athens to reach the island of Sifnos, and namely from: Piraeus – Sifnos: There are many sailings throughout the week from Piraeus to Sifnos and the ferry trip lasts from 3 hrs to 5 hr 30 min.

 

The ferry to Sifnos takes between 3 to 5 hours, depending on the vessel and the route.

 

As there is no airport on the island, the only way to travel to Sifnos is by ferry. There are ferries to Sifnos almost daily from the port of Piraeus in Athens, while there is also a good ferry connection between Sifnos and other islands of Cyclades.

 

The key thing to do is to get away from beaches exposed to the north wind. 

 

Yes, the Health Center of Sifnos is located in Apollonia.

The two pharmacies of the island are located in Apollonia (the first is next to the national bank of Greece and the other next to the Post Office.)

Transportation

Sifnos is one of the easier Greek islands to get around with or without a car. Roads are generally good. The conveniently frequent and reliable bus system goes most places the visitor would want, and taxis are easily available with affordable fixed rates between towns.

 

Sifnos is one of the easier Greek islands to get around with or without a car. Roads are generally good. The conveniently frequent and reliable bus system goes most places the visitor would want, and taxis are easily available with affordable fixed rates between towns.

 

The local buses of Sifnos are a convenient and cheap way to get around the island but if you really want to explore the island with much more flexibility you should rent a car or a quad.

 

Ticket costs are typically between €1,8 and €2,3 for a single journey depending on the destination.

 

Bus tickets are purchased when boarding by cash only. There are no advanced sales of bus tickets.

 

On the entire island there are only about 10 taxis, which means that depending on taxis for transport can be an exercise of great patience during high season. In Apollonia the main taxi stand is right infront of the Post Office.

 

Transactions

It’s always advisable to bring money in a variety of forms on a vacation: a mix of cash and credit cards.

 

Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Greece.

 

Yes. Most shops, restaurants, and museums will accept international cards, especially in more touristy areas. American cards like Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are accepted in a majority of locations.

 

There are THREE banks in the center of Apollonia. The ATMs are all reliable, located in Apollonia, Kamares and Platis Gialos.

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