Things to Do in Sikinos Island Greece

We visited Sikinos island in Greece when we were staying in Ιοs island. With a ferry it is just a 30 minutes ride.

Sikinos is the type of an island where you want to go and forget… yourself. There are no many exciting things to do while it follows the overall Cyclades style.

There are some small secretes for Sikinos island. For example, this chapel you see below is also dedicated to a Nobel prize Greek poet: Odysseas Elytis. His name is carved over the entrance. His wish was mentioned in his last will to build this chapel in the island, although he never visited Sikinos…

The chapel is on your way up to the top of hill after Kastro village, towards Zoodochos Pigi Monastery.

Things to Do in Sikinos Island Greece

White washed houses, knιt close together in its capital with few small coffee and snacks shops here and there, transmit this sense of complete relaxation.

No noise, no heavy traffic is seen or heard; time really seems to slows down.

What to do in Sikinos island?

Sikinos is not developed in tourism, thus you can find accommodation but beaches are offering just umbrellas and sun lounges. You won’t find water sports and such. As said, if you want peace of mind, this is the island to get it.

However, there are some highlights you can do while in the island.

Explore Chora of Sikinos

Chora of Sikinos seems like it is “separated” into 2 different smaller villages. One of the is called Kastro (means: Castle) and the other one is called Horio (which actually translates to: Village). So you have a village called as… Village.

Things to Do in Sikinos Island Greece

You get to Chora by either taking the bus from the port (runs around every hour) or walk the 4km asphalt road (uphill). We did the latter…

Walk through the 100 years old houses and alleys of Kastro, smelling the scent of jasmines and bougainvillea that surround you.

Things to Do in Sikinos Island Greece

Stand next to the three windmills at the clifftop and see the vast sea. Move to Chorio and feel the Cycladic islands style.

Get lost in the numerous alleys that connect houses and hidden places.

Things to Do in Sikinos Island Greece

Stop for a snack and beverages to one of the few coffee shops of the village, enjoying the  shade and cool breezes.

Visit Episkopi Monastery

Things to Do in Sikinos Island Greece
Sikinos Monastery by Kostas Limitsios

Originally build as a Roman mausoleum (3rd century AD), then converted into a Christian temple. One can easily see the different architectures that present the different cultures and religions that veiled this monument.

Next to the main building is the chapel of Agia Anna (with the bell tower and chancel) along with monks cells that are not used nowadays.

Visit Zoodochos Pigi Monastery

Things to Do in Sikinos Island Greece
Zoodochos Pigi Monastery

You will find it at the highest point of Kastro. Has a bit of climbing to reach this place but the view is stunning.

Visit the Church of Panagia Pantanassa

Things to Do in Sikinos Island Greece
Church of Panagia Pantanassa & Square

The church is located in Kastro and has the characteristic blue dome of Cycladic churches. Take a look inside to admire the gilded wood-carved baroque iconostasis. The magnificent icons belong to the Cretan School.

Hiking Routes in Sikinos island, Greece

Despite the bare -yet imposing landscape- Sikinos offers a range of hiking routes. There is a range of paths under the label of “Paths of Culture”. Here is all the information about them:

1. Chorio – Stamatini – Episkopi – Manalis Well – St. Penteleimon – Alopronia: The route is 12.9 km long and takes around 4.30 hours to complete. It starts from the top of Chora and ends to the harbour.

Starting point: The Old Primary School.

What you can see: The traditional mills, the Episkopi church, the Byzantine churches of St. Anne and St. George, a range of cobbled paths with impressive stone walls, the chapel of St. Panteleimon and vineyards.

2. Chorio – Stamatini – Episkopi – Manalis Well 0 St. Penteleimon – St. Dimitrios – Chorio: A circular route, 14.3km long, takes 5 hours to complete.

Starting point: The Old Primary School.

What you can see: Ampitheatrical view of the villages of Castro and Chorio, traditional windmills, Episkopi church, the Byzantine churches of St. Anne and St. George, cobbled paths, the chapel of St. Panteleimon and the church of St. Dimitrios with its 2 vaults and the Byzantine church of St. Stephen.

3. Castro – St. Vlasios  – Bonama spring – Pyrgari – Alopronia: A 3.8 km route, that takes 50 mins to complete.

Starting point: The Old Primary School.

What you can see: The churches of St. Vlasios and St. Artemios, great views to the port and to Bonama spring.

4. Castro – Monastery – Profitis Elias – Aghia Triada – Malta Beach: A 6.2 km route, that takes 2.20 hours to complete.

Starting point: The bus stop at Chorio.

What you can see: The traditional windmills and the cobble stone steps leading to the monastery of Zoodohou Pigis, the church of Panaghia Pantochara, the church of Aghia Triada and Malta beach.

5. Castro – Deutera Parousia – Fotini – Profitis Elias – St. John – Castro: A circular route of 9.3 km. Takes 3.20 hours to complete.

Starting point: At New School.

What you can see: Terraces between cultivated fields, the Byzantine church of Christ, the Monastery of Zoodochou Pigis. The landscape deploys its intense relief as you walk. The little churches of Deutera Parousia , Fotini and St. John are along your way.

6. Episkopi – Aghia Marina: A 1.4 km route. Takes 35 mins to complete.

Starting point: Episkopi church.

What you can see: Episkopi church, the Byzantine churches of St. Anna and St. George, the old cobbled path to the naturally fortified ancient village and traces of the temple of Pythian Apollo and of the Agora.

7. Chorio – St. Dimitrios – St. Panteleimon – Katergo – Alopronia: A 8km route. Takes 3 hours to complete.

Starting point: The Old Primary School.

What you can see: The villages of Chorio, the Byzantine church of St. Stephen and the church of St. Dimitrios with the 2 vaults, an amphitheatrical aspect of Castro and Chorio, flagstone paths with impressive low stone walls, the chapel of St. Panteleimon, orchards.

Get to the Folklore Museum

Such museums host items that depict the daily life of locals from old times. There are commons with similar museums met in different locations in Greece but also in those of other countries. For example we met the same style of objects (and usage) in Croatia, Ios island and Sikinos too.

Sikinos Beaches

There are 4 beaches in Sikinos island. These are the following, mentioning the distance from the capital (Chora) of Sikinos:

Port beach (4km): This one is directly after you disembark from the ferry. It is next to the harbor but is sandy. There are a couple of coffee shops with snacks directly next to the beach.

Things to Do in Sikinos Island Greece
Port beach, Sikinos

Malta beach (8km): A private small cove at the north part of the island.

Agios Georgios beach (5km): Small with clean waters and isolated.

Dialiskari beach (4km): More a cove and then a beach. Approachable by small boats. There are a few rooms to rent.

How to get to Sikinos island?

Things to Do in Sikinos Island Greece

You can get the ferry from Ios island and do Sikinos as a half-day trip. There are 2 options with cheap and expensive ferry prices, depending on which company you choose from Ios.

We paid around 6 euro per person to get to Sikinos, while there were options for around 35 euros. We suggest to take the early one around 9 am and return with the 2 pm ferry. Since it takes only 30 minutes to get there from Ios, you have plenty of time to see Chora.

Make sure to grab the bus to Chora directly after your disembarkation, otherwise you will have to wait for 1 hour for the next one.

If you travel from Athens to Sikinos by Ferry then it takes around 10 hours to do so (same one serves Folegandros island). Closest airport is in Santorini.

A good ferry tickets provider for Greece is this one.

Where to stay in Sikinos, Greece?

Being on the island we think it is best to stay anywhere between the port and Chora (the capital). Sikinos is and easy going and quiet island.

Chora is build at the top of the island and has a cozy authentic style. Most hotels are around the port.

Since it is a small island there are good but limited options for accommodation. Check prices and availability from here.

Enjoy!

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