Serifos is a beautiful quaint island for holidays off the beaten path. It’s one of the least visited in the Cyclades and promises relaxation, fun and memorable holidays. On this Ferryhopper page, you can find tips for the best beaches, villages and food on the island, as well as useful information about ferry routes to Serifos, to book your tickets in just 4 clicks!
White houses of traditional architecture at the village of Chora in Serifos
Vacation in Serifos
Serifos is an idyllic destination, distinguished by its wild charm and untamed nature. The island is famous for its impressive rocky landscapes and magical beaches. Chora, the island capital, is one of the most beautiful villages in the Cyclades and charms visitors with its devine local architecture. The picturesque village is also home to many hotels, restaurants, bars and traditional tavernas.
How to get to Serifos
You can get to Serifos by ferry from Athens. There are regular ferry routes from the port of Piraeus in Athens to Serifos throughout the year. Since there’s no airport in Serifos, this is the only way to reach the island from mainland Greece. Find more information on how to travel by ferry to Serifos below.
What to do in Serifos
Serifos is said to be the native land of the mythical Cyclopes, and although you won’t see any during your visit, there are many monuments and archaeological sites that you can explore. Apart from its rich past, Serifos is also home to many amazing beaches of inimitable beauty. You can swim in crystal-clear waters and enjoy both sandy and pebble beaches at popular spots or secluded coves. Visit the magnificent Chora and more cute villages, try local dishes all over the island, hike to the mountains and have fun at night under the stars.
Beaches in Serifos
The beaches of Serifos are diverse, exciting and unspoilt. There are popular coasts with visitor amenities, exotic beaches with tamarisk trees and exceptional waters, secluded coves and remote beaches you can only reach via a hiking trail. Whether you prefer beaches with sand, pebbles, trees or umbrellas, you can find your personal favorite on the island! Here are some of the best beaches in Serifos according to ferryhoppers:
- Agios Sostis: These are two amazing beaches with emerald waters stretching across a narrow strip of land. One part of the beach is sandy, while the other is covered with pebbles. There are no visitor amenities, so make sure you bring all beach essentials.
- Psili Ammos: It is one of the most popular beaches in Serifos. This dreamy sandy beach has turquoise waters and tamarisk trees. There are no sun loungers and umbrellas, but you can find traditional tavernas for a delicious post-swimming meal.
- Ganema: The beach of Ganema is one of the largest in Serifos. One part of the beach is sandy, while the other is covered with pebbles. There are tamarisk trees for shade, as well as 2 beach bar-cafés.
- Livadakia: Livadakia is a family-friendly beach with sand, turquoise waters and tamarisk trees for shade. The village of Livadakia is a great destination for food, coffee and accommodation.
- Vagia: It’s a sandy beach with emerald waters. There are some umbrellas and sun loungers, but no natural shade. Don’t miss the chance to explore the beautiful seabed of the beach that is covered with colorful pebbles.
- Sikamia: This is one of the prettiest beaches on the island. It’s perfect for relaxation and it’s covered with sand and small pebbles. There are plenty of tamarisk trees for shade and there’s also a restaurant to enjoy your lunch by the crystal-clear waters. It often gets windy.
- Kalo Ampeli: Kalo Ampeli is a cute little cove with emerald green waters and golden sand. There are no visitor amenities or trees, so make sure you come prepared. You can get to the beach taking a 20-minute hiking trail.
- Lia: This unspoilt beach has colorful pebbles, deep blue waters and impressive rocks. You can get there by driving on a dirt road, followed by a 10-minute hike. Make sure you bring water and snacks, and bear in mind that there’s no natural shade.
The magical beach of Psili Ammos in Serifos
Sightseeing in Serifos
Serifos is an island with a rich history and many interesting attractions. There are many monuments dating back to ancient times, as well as several sites of great historical importance from the island’s modern history. Here are some of the best sights in Serifos:
- White Tower
- Spathi Lighthouse
- Ancient burial monument of Tholos
- Gria Castle
- Castle of Chora
- Old Mines
- Cyclop’s Throne and the Cave of Polyphemus
- Old wash house
- Monastery of the Taxiarches
- Folklore Museum of Serifos
- Archaeological Museum of Serifos
- Exhibition of rocks and mining tools
Industrial bridge at the Old Mines of Serifos in Megalo Livadi
Nightlife in Serifos
Nights in Serifos are laid-back and romantic. There are many bars, cafés and restaurants in Chora and other villages, where you can try delicious cocktails under the starry night and taste amazing local dishes. All day café-bar-restaurant Stou Stratou in Chora is one of our favorites! Most bars and tavernas play lounge or traditional Greek music, while there are places with live music too. Although nightlife in Serifos is mostly about getting together with your closed ones over drinks and mezzes, there are a few clubs around the island if you feel like dancing.
The ultimate summer experience in Serifos is to attend a local festival. These local celebrations take place mostly from July to September and they're a great way to have fun, dance to Greek tunes and see the authentic island lifestyle.
Food in Serifos
The rich terrain of Serifos has blessed the local cuisine with local products of exceptional quality. The rocks and minerals found on the island intensify the flavors, creating unique products and mouthwatering dishes. When in Serifos, you have to try local cheeses and wine that are unlike anywhere else in Greece. If you’re lucky, you can taste the intoxicating lakkou cheese, a truly unique and rare Greek cheese that is fermented in an underground pit. We recommend that you bring some wine and souma back home too. Here’s what to try in Serifos:
- Louza: cured pork with herbs and spices
- Marathotiganites: deep-fried pancakes with fennel and onions
- Pastelli: sesame and honey bar served on a lemon tree leaf
- Matsi: fresh pasta
- Souma: strong alcoholic drink infused with saffron
- Lakkou cheese: cured cheese with herbs, fermented into a pit
- Local wine
- Chickpea stew with rosemary
- Deep-fried sun-dried tomatoes
Villages in Serifos
The largest villages in Serifos are Livadi and Chora on the northeast part of the island. These two villages are a 10-minute drive from each other. Chora is a typical Cycladic village with white houses, paved alleys and blue window frames, and it is built on the hillside of an impressive rock.
Livadi, the main port of Serifos, is where most permanent residents live. It is also a great place to stay if you’re looking for a variety of shops, restaurants, bars and hotels. Ferryhopper suggests that you visit more of the island’s villages, to admire the local architecture and try amazing dishes at the kafeneia. Here are some of the top villages in Serifos:
- Megalo Chorio
- Megalo Livadi
Impressive windmills in Chora at sunset
Useful information for Serifos
Serifos is a great holiday destination as it offers many visitor amenities, despite its traditional and unspoilt character. You can find hotels and vacation rentals in Chora, Livadi and Livadakia. If you’re into camping, you can stay at the camping site in Livadakia, one of the most popular in Greece. On the island, there are super markets, car rentals, a gas station, an ATM, a pharmacy, a post office and a regional medical center in Chora. There’s also a helipad if you’re thinking of flying there by private helicopter!
Useful phone numbers for your stay in Serifos
Find some useful phone numbers for your trip to Serifos below:
- Regional Medical Center of Serifos: +302281051202
- Pharmacy: +302281051700
- Port Authority of Serifos: +302281051470
- Police Station: +302281051300
- Citizen Service Center of Serifos (KEP): +302281052545
- Public bus service: +302281051034
Transportation in Serifos
To get around Serifos you can use the public bus network, catch a taxi or drive your own vehicle. There are frequent bus routes from Livadi and Chora to other major villages, but not all villages are accessible by bus. Ferryhopper suggests that you bring your car or motorcycle, or rent one on the island if you wish to explore the hidden corners of Serifos.
Ports in Serifos
The port of Serifos is in the village of Livadi on the southeastern coast of the island. The port is integrated in the village, making it easy to get there on foot if you’re staying in Livadi or Livadakia. There are buses to the port from more villages on the island, as well as Chora. In the port area you can find plenty of traveler amenities, such as supermarkets, cafés, restaurants, car rentals and hotels.
Island hopping from Serifos
Are you thinking of going island hopping in the Cyclades? Serifos is the place to start your island-hopping experience in Greece! There are frequent sailings from Serifos to Sifnos, Milos, Kythnos and Kimolos, as well as more islands in the Cyclades. There are direct ferry routes from Serifos to:
Om Ferryhopper’s Map of ferries, you can see discover all ferry routes from and to Serifos to easily plan your island-hopping itinerary!
Traditional café with blue chairs in Serifos
Serifos ferry: schedules and tickets
There are frequent ferry routes from the port of Piraeus in Athens to Serifos. During the summer months, you can catch a ferry to Serifos daily. The Piraeus - Serifos route is serviced by various ferry companies and the journey duration is 5 hours with standard vessel and 2.5 hours with highspeed vessel.
Most standard ferries serving the route from Piraeus to Serifos feature vehicle garages, so that you can bring your car or motorcycle on board. Moreover, many ferry companies support e-tickets for smoother boarding.
Good to know: Occasionally, there are ferries from the port of Lavrion to Serifos in the summer.
Where to book ferry tickets online to Serifos
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