Cyclades Islands, Destinations

Sikinos

Sikinos

Sikinos is a typical island of the Cyclades, with terraces, low stone fences and dense chapels that dot a landscape bathed by the wonderful green and blue waters of the Aegean Sea.

The picturesque port of the island with whitewashed houses is Aloprónia and only 3.5 km away you can visit the capital of the island, Hóra, a town that includes two neighborhoods, the oldest Kástro and the most recent Horió. This is the starting point for the trails that cross the entire island. Visit the monastery of the Zoodochos Pighi fortress and enjoy a stunning sunset from there. The Byzantine monastery of Episkopi and the Ayia Marina chapel is definitely worth visiting, as they also offer a beautiful view from their location at the top of the hill.

Thyme honey, local dairy products, and capers are some of the delicacies your palate should treat.

Don’t leave Sikinos before visiting…

  • The mansions constituting some of the greatest examples of traditional Cycladic architecture.- Pantanassas Timios Stavros church located east of the stone-paved square. It was built in 1787 and has a wooden gold-plated templon and amazing post-Byzantine icons created by the Cretan School.
  •  The three windmills on the highest place of Chora.
  • Zoodochos Pigi monastery built in an amazing area at the edge of a rock and looking like a castle.
  • The Folklore Museum housed in an old oil-press in Chora.
  • The Byzantine and post-Byzantine collection.
  • Christos (Jesus) Byzantine church.
  • Aghia Anna, Aghios Vassilios and Eisodia tis Theotokou (the Presentation of the Virgin Mary) churches.
  • Episkopi monastery complex located 4 km SW. The most important examples of ancient settlements are still preserved in this monastery’s Koimisi tis Theotokou (Assumption of the Virgin Mary) church, created after restoring a Roman mausoleum of the 3rd century A.D.
  • Aghios Georgios Byzantine church.
  • Palaiokastro with ruins of ancient settlement.
  • Mavri Spilia (Black Cave). It is one of the largest caves on the island.
  • The ancient settlements in Aghia Marina area (S of Episkopi) where visitors can see ruins of ancient buildings. Another settlement is located on the NE side of the island close to Malta cape.
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