Sifnos Trails

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Sifnos Trails is the name of the hiking trails network of the island of Sifnos in the Aegean Sea, Greece. The network has a total length over 100 km, divided in 19 beautiful trails.
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Patricia B
Halifax, Canada38 contributions
May 2022
Lots of trails for different levels with spectacular views and not overly crowded. Once you are on a trail it is well marked, that being said, good luck finding the trail heads. I would recommend that Sifnos does more to promote these wonderful trails as a tourist destination and have more signs to point out where the trails start. Oh and of course be sure to take your sunscreen and hats and water bottles with you.
Written June 12, 2022
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London, UK231 contributions
Aug 2020
The series of trails across Sifnos has been created with real thought and care. Signage is discreet but clear, descriptions are excellent, the trails cater for all levels of fitness and ambition. Extremely well designed and presented.
Written September 16, 2020
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Thank you for you kind comments!
Written September 17, 2020
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Mark I
Dunbar, UK188 contributions
Sep 2020
A fantastic network of well way marked trails. On a couple of occasions I found it a little hard to find the start of a trail but once you are on them it’s almost impossible to get lost. No 1 offers a bit of everything, villages, olive groves and the coast and can be combined with a section of No3 to create a loop starting and ending with Artemonas/Apolonia with a handy lunch stop at Kastro.

There are a selection of maps available from the bookshop in the square in Apolonia and I would recommend picking one up to help locate the start of some of the trails and also to make it easier to combine trails. There are local guides that will take you on the trails but if you are even halfway confident navigating then you won’t need one.
Written December 13, 2020
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Claudia D
Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina1,094 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
Great island to hike if are going to choose this kind of trip this is your island.
Trails that connect beaches in the most incredible spots.
You are going to discover lonely tiny beaches just for you. Olives, goats and the most amazing silence ever.
Aignos is a very small island that you will feel very close and fall in love with. There are not so many islands with this hike offers.
Written June 9, 2022
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Marcos T
Nicosia, Cyprus174 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
One of the main reasons I chose Sifnos for my holidays was the extensive trail network. Stayed for 4 days and did 3 trails. Here are my impressions in must-do order.

1) Platys Yialos-Fykiada-Platys Yialos.
Trail starts at bus terminal bus station in Platys Yialos. Begins with 800mtrs of dirt road and then rhe ascend begins. The uphill path goes on for about 2km and ends at Profitis Elias Kondou. Amazing views of Platys Yialos from up there.
Trail then levels off and starts descending. After about 45 min. you will see Vathy Bay and have some nice photo ops. Keep going for another 45 minutes and you reach the deserted but amazing Fykiada Bay. Take a well deserved brake here...a swim in the clear blue water will invigorate you.
From Fykiada bay to Platis Yialos is another 1 1/2 hrs. This is the most beautiful part if the trail wuth many photo ops. Towards the end of the trail there is a final ascend of about 30 minutes until you rach Platis Yialos.
Total hiking time including 30 minute brake at Fikiada 4 1/2hrs.

2) Apollonia-Kastro-Panagia Poulati-Artemonas-Apollonia.
Start at Apollonia square and takr trail no. 3 towards Ayios Andreas. At the junction with trail no 1 go east on 1 towards Kastro. This part shouldnt take more than an hour. At Kastro take a brake but dont forget to visit the small church of Seven Martyrs on top of the rock. Amazing views from here.
The trail continuous parallel to the sea until you get to the Panagia Poulati monastery. Amazing photo ops here with Kastro in the background.
Now the tough part of the hike starts. It will be about 45 minute uphill hike till Artemonas.
Once in Artemonas go through the village and take the main street that will get you to Apollonia in about 15 minutes.

3) Apollonia to Kamares.
This is an easy downhill trail that will be completed in about 1 1/2 hrs. Nothing really memorable. It will be a pleasent afternoon walk.

Sifnos is a hikers paradise and highly recommended if you are into hiking.
Written July 15, 2019
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Singapore, Singapore251 contributions
Sep 2018
Sifnos is a hiker paradise, and its hiking trails are very clearly indicated and mapped all the way, making it even better. I did most of them and thanks to the info on the website and in situ it helped me prepare accordingly. I can't wait to go back and hike on the couple of trails I didn't do.
Written November 6, 2018
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Gabriela E
67 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
A must do activity. Amazing project. 100km of trecks mapped in this small and beautiful island. We did trail #6a (short but mean... ) gaining breathtaking views from the top; trail #9/9a through long stone walls and curious goats, finishing with the most spectacular beach of Vroulidia bay (this wasnt part of the trail but if you have a scooter or car, highly recommended). We'd done additional trails but beginning of september still hot. We"ll comd back to complete. Dont miss!!
Written September 5, 2017
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Toronto, Canada253 contributions
May 2017 • Solo
The network of trails is well-maintained and well-signed (generally - there are a few confusing intersections) with a variety of both lengths and difficulties available. It is also easy to link a few shorter trails together, perhaps broken up by a snack or lunch in a small village along the way. Hiking shoes are fine - no need for boots (no trails are too wild or strenuous). Just be aware of three things if planning to hike here: 1. It's not a flat island, no almost none of the trails are flat - you need to be comfortable with climbing a lot of stairs. 2. There is almost never shade on the trails, so dress appropriately, and bring plenty of water. 3. There are vipers on the island. I had a close encounter with one near the bottom of trail #3. Nothing to be paranoid about (they will generally avoid you long before you see them), but do watch where you're walking.
Written May 10, 2017
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Fuerteventura9,868 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
The local government - the Dimos - have done excellently in restoring, signposting and mapping the lovely Sifnos walks. We have done a number of them and we stayed longer this year and last because of them. Not only do you see idyllic countryside, but you walk through lovely villages like Artemonas and Kastro, see exquisite views of bays like Faros and Chryssogi and there are marvellous vistas of many other Cycladic islands. On a clear day and depending on where you are, you can see Serifos, Kythnos, Syros, Paros and Antiparos, Naxos, Iraklia, Ios, Sikinos, Folegandros, Kimolos and Milos. Take some time to explore some of the magnificent churches en route, particularly in Artemonas and Apollonia.

We will back to Sifnos next year for at least 12 days largely because of them. The people in our rooms and in restaurants say that it has been great for the island and helped to attract more visitors outside the main summer season. A free walking guide and map are available at the tourist offices at the port and there is more information on each of the walks on the internet.

You do not need to follow the trails exactly. You can make up your own walks by doing a combination of them. For instance, a very pleasant walk is out on Walk 7 from Artemonas and, rather than taking the left turn on Track 7 take the broader track heading for Agios Ioanis and Panagia ta Magana until you reach Track 8. Return on this one to Artemonas via Again Anna or continue on Trail 8 to Agios Sostis. We also walked out on Walk 7 to the fresh water spring at Tris Pighes and took the path from there right up the hillside to join Trail 8 at Agios Minas. The path is quite rough but still doable.

Note that the path from Plati Gialos to Chryssopigi is not officially a Sifnos Trails walk, but the path is very handy. From the left hand end of Plati Gialos beach follow the road up past a posh holiday complex with a pool on the left. You will come to the main road. Immediately across the road you will see a very steep concrete road. Continue up this – it dwindles to a path. You will again come to the main road having cut out a very big stretch of it. Continue up the road for 200 metres. You will see the bus stop/shelter where the Plati Gialos bus picks up and drops off people from/for Chryssopigi. Behind the bus shelter the stone stepped path to Chryssopigi starts. It takes us between 30 to 35 minutes to walk from Plati Gialos to Chryssopigi (and another 15 to 20 minutes to walk to Faros along the excellent path with its magnificent views). You may not want to continue right away as there is an excellent taverna, Chryssopigi tavern, by the sea and swimming is very nice at the far end of the beach.
Written September 27, 2016
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Brenda R
Vigo, Spain76 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Very well marked trails which you can mix and match. Some tough going in the summer heat. You see so much more by foot.
Written August 27, 2019
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