|ifnos, lies in between Serifos, Kimolos and Antiparos and is 78 nautical miles from Piraeus. It has an area of 74 sq. km. and a shoreline of 70 km, with a population of 2000. The island is reached on the ferries which run on the Piraeus- Kythnos- Serifos- Sifnos- Milos- Kimolos line, and there are also sailings to other islands in the Cyclades.|
|ifnos was very wealthy in ancient times, thanks to its gold and silver mines. Proof of this, is the treasury which the Siphnians built at Delphi in the 6th century BC to house their offerings. However, it appears that something went wrong with the mines; either they were worked out or flooded by the sea -we do not know which- and their production ceased. The Siphnians suddenly found themselves poor.
n 1207, the Venetian Marco Sanudo conquered Sifnos and it was incorporated into the Duchy of Naxos. In 1537, it was conquered by the Turks. It played its part in the struggle for liberty in 1821 and was united with Greece in 1832.
|ifnos, has a lot of things to offer, even in the most demanding visitor. The imposing landscapes, the picturesque settlements like Apollonia, Kamares and Artemonas, the beautiful beaches like Platys Yalos, the medieval villages like Kastro and the old monasteries like Chrysopigi, taken together with island's excellent infrastructure, made Sifnos a very popular destination.
|Photos and text taken |
from "Sifnos - History-Art-Folklore-Routes""