17 Photographs That Prove the Greek Island of Sifnos Is the Next Santorini
Greece has long been a favorite European destination for travelers, and its many islands have been regularly featured in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. But there's so much more to the country than the popular islands of Santorini, Páros, and Crete.
In fact, photographer Stephanie Bassos' favorite island, Sifnos, is a lesser known destination with Greece's quintessential sandy beaches, traditional architecture, pottery shops, more than 200 churches, and classic Mediterranean cuisine.
Just a short journey from Athens, travelers can reach Sifnos in three hours by high-speed catamaran or five hours by ferry, which makes it the perfect addition to any island-hopping tour of the Cyclades. While visiting the Cyclades, visitors should also check out the island of Tinos for more hidden beaches, scenic views, and no less than 700 churches.
In 2006, Bassos spent the summer on beautiful Sifnos, and its siren call has driven her to return over the years. Her stunning photographs prove precisely why Sifnos should be at the top of your travel to-do list.
The Port of Sifnos
A ferry arrives at the beach town of Kamares, the port of Sifnos.
After a swim, a couple relaxes on the rocks outside of Chrisopigi Monastery.
Chrisopigi is one of the most popular churches on the island, and is a great place to visit on the way to the village of Platys Gialos.
Potter George Atsonios sits outside his pottery shop, Peristeriōna, in Kamares.
Traveling by motorbike is a popular mode of transportation on the island.
A flight of stairs leads up to a beautiful home in Kamares.
Andrea Miano stands outside of his restaurant, Maiolica in Platys Gialos. Travelers will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy traditional Mediterranean cuisine.
A Mediterranean Table
At Maiolica, the focus is on local ingredients. The tabbouleh salad, goat cheese tortellini, and marinated sardines are just a few of the menu highlights.
Just a stone’s throw from the Kamares beach is Old Captain: a lively bar known for good music and strong drinks.
In the early morning light, shops begin to open along the main strip in Kamares.
A Pottery Shop
A collection of unique pottery by Antonis Kalogirou.
A boy runs across the beach in Kamares.
The Church of the Seven Martyrs
Explore the east side of the island with a visit to The Church of the Seven Martyrs in Kastro.
Panos and Rania, of the restaurant Camaron, carefully prepare a dish for one of their customers.
Camaron, best known for its delicious pizza, is an ideal spot for lunch or dinner while watching visitors return from the nearby port.
A small boat paddles along the beach at Vathi.
Sunset on Sifnos
The sun sets and night settles in on Sifnos.