Hiring a sailboat is one of the best ways to explore Sifnos. The island has some organized marinas, the main ones being Platys Gialos Marina and Faros Marina. Sifnos is a destination where many yachts cruise during their summer vacation. It is easy to find the ideal sailboat of your choice from Sifnos or any other marina in the Cyclades. You can directly contact the owners of the vessels for the ideal boat, or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a sailboat with a captain or without one if you have a license, and enjoy cruising the beaches and unique coastline of Sifnos. You also have the option to rent a sailboat and enjoy a one-day cruise to Kimolos, or a two-day cruise to Serifos. Finally, by chartering a luxury sailboat, make sure to include Sifnos in your week-long itinerary around the Cyclades islands for an unforgettable vacation.
Sifnos is known for its long-lasting gastronomic tradition and is nicknamed the “island of flavors” in the Cyclades. Sifnos was one of the richest places in the ancient world, not only because of its development of ceramic arts, but also flourished due to its gold, silver mines, and rich mineral deposits. To the present day, it is an island that is characterized by its authentic Greek cuisine, ceramic pottery, and exceptional architecture. The abundance of raw materials allowed the inhabitants to put their crafts to use and has helped spread the art of pottery all over Greece. Today there are more than 12 pottery workshops, which can be found in the picturesque settlements of Kamares, Faros, Vathi, and Platis Gialos. The former capital of Sifnos was Kastro, a fortified castle made with a wall of Sifnian marble that protected its inhabitants in prehistoric times.
Around the island, visitors will also see plenty of fortified towers, in the earlier days they were used as lookout points in case of surprising raids from pirates. Today you will find the beautiful capital known as Apollonia, perched around three steep hills and offering endless walking alleys. That is not all, Sifnos is a popular destination because of its beautiful natural landscape. Whitewashed houses, green olive trees, and numerous beaches blend harmoniously. Sifnos is a relatively small island, compared to other Greek islands, but has plenty of archeological sites to visit and more than 350 monasteries. From the center to the coast, you can be one of the many guests who rent a sailboat in Sifnos to make the most out of your vacation.
You can visit remote beaches and surrounding islands with your daily cruises in Sifnos. For example, the beach of Chrysopigi will fascinate you. This is a sandy beach about 10 km from Apollonia and is a favorite swimming spot because of its rocks and crystal-clear waters. At the edge of the rocks, you can stop to visit the Monastery of Chrysopigi, a special place featuring artworks that date back centuries and offers breathtaking views. Not too far, you may find the perfect shade on the beach of Apokofto or anchor in the charming coves of Glyfou and Fasolou. By renting a speedboat or motorboat, you can cruise along with one of the biggest beaches in the Cyclades, Platis Gialos. There are several restaurants around Platis Gialos, you may also stop to visit some workshops to better understand the process of pottery. On the southwest side of the island, an attractive destination to explore with a catamaran or motor yacht is the bay of Vathy. If you wish to stay away from the crowds and swim in lovely waters, this is an excellent choice.
By sailing in Sifnos, you can also enjoy a day cruise to Kimolos or Polyaigos. Kimolos has an unspoiled landscape with gorgeous beaches. You will not find any trendy bars, restaurants, or crowds here, so it is a wonderful getaway island. Similarly, Polyaigos is an uninhabited island that is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. You may also enjoy a two-day cruise to Serifos. The sea passage between Sifnos and Serifos often experiences high winds, renting a sailboat is highly recommended. Serifos is one of the hidden gems of the Cyclades, with a plethora of diving spots. Sifnos is also a common starting point for a week yacht charter experience. With a captain, you can explore Milos and Santorini too. Plan your island cruises in Sifnos with neighboring destinations, and you have yourself the perfect vacation.
Below you will find some useful information for your sailboat rentals in Sifnos.
Platys Gialos Marina: located on the south side of the island, has docking facilities for about 40 medium-sized yachts and is about 14 km from the port of Kamares.
Faros Marina: located on the south-eastern side of the island, has berthing facilities for about 20 medium-sized yachts and is approximately 12.5 km from the port of Kamares.
Port Kamares: located on the western side of the island, has a ferry connection with Folegandros, Kimolos, Milos, Piraeus, Serifos, and Mykonos.
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