Sifnos, belongs to the Western Cyclades. The island combines natural beauty with elements of intense Cycladic culture offering unforgettable holidays.
It is located between the islands of Kimolo (10 nautical miles), Serifos (12 nautical miles), Paros (14 nautical miles) and Milos (20 nautical miles). In antiquity the island was known as Akis because it is shaped like a slightly elongated oval. It reaches 18 kilometers at its longest point on the north-south axis and 8 kilometers at it’s widest on the east-west axis. The island covers an area of 74 sq. kilometers, with a total shoreline of 28 nautical miles and abstains 75 naval miles from Piraeus.
Sifnos’s terrain is slightly rugged, rising to 680 meters at its highest peak, Profitis Ilias or Ai Niyias. In a small distance just off Platis Yialos on the southeastern coast, we meet the deserted island Kitriani with the unique small church of Panayia Kypriani built in the 10th – 11th century. Administratively Kitriani belongs to Sifnos.
The permanent residents of the island are almost 2.000. The main occupation of the residents is pottery. The residents of the island are considered the best craftsmen of Cyclades. Agriculture, stockbreeding, fishing, ceramics, are also main occupations of the island’s residents. A large number of males are employed in the merchant marine and tourism also occupies a large segment of the population.
Local products include honey, wine, cheese, capers, figs, almond sweets, bourekia, almond cookies, bread rings, pastelli (nut and honey bars), honey pie, and, of course, ceramics and weaving.
Sifnos administratively belongs to Eparcheio of Milos and the Cyclades Prefecture. In 1914 the island was separated in two Communities, Apollonias and Artemona. In 1999 the conjunction of these two communities constitutes today the Municipality of Sifnos.