Guide of SIKINOS

The island of Sikinos is small and fairly uninhabited; it lies between Ios and Folegandros. There is only a small population that is mainly devoted to wine cultivation, for which it is famous throughout Greece. It is little known by international tourism and so its beauty has remained intact. The coasts are beautiful, as are the stone walls and slate roofs of the villages and there are breath-taking views across the expanses of olive trees that will remain in the hearts of tourists who visit this hidden island.


According to Greek mythology, the name Sikinos came from the name of the child born between King Thoas and a nymph. Legends aside, this island has been inhabited since ancient times and the temple dedicated to Apollo proves this, later the island was also dominated by the Ions and the Dorians. Like the other Cyclades islands, it was Venetian territory from the 13th to the 16th century and then passed into the hands of the Ottoman Turks until it was liberated in the nineteenth century. The remains of these cultures are visible in the Chora and Kastro that were built and fortified by the Venetians and on the fort, you can still see the openings where the islanders threw boiling oil onto the invaders! Another important site to visit is the monastery of Zoodochos Pighi, it was built in the fifteenth century and was dedicated to the Virgin Mary.  


Besides the historical and architectural beauty, the beaches, the views, and the blue sea are what people come here for. This is an island where you can rest, take walks, fish and dive in its clear waters. The beaches are made of pebbles and rocks and there is Aghios Ghiorgos, Aghios Nikolaos, Aghios Panteleimonas and Dialiscari, but the most famous is Poulati, which is also popular with scuba divers.

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