Location Katavati Sifnos
You will find us at the heart of Katavati, one of the largest but quietest residential villages in Sifnos. In a location with views of both the mountains and the sea, untouched by the hubbub of the tourist areas, we are still a mere 15-minute walk (at a relaxed, holiday pace) from the centre of Apollonia, through cobbled alleyways that lead down to the famous “Steno”, lined with shops, bars and restaurants. There is a bus stop 200 metres from the hotel, with services connecting you to all major destinations. But, whichever mode of transport you choose, you won’t have any difficulty getting around; the challenge will be to decide what to see first. Sifnos may look small, but it contains much more than you imagine. The monastery of Chrysopigi, an image emblematic of Sifnos, and cosmopolitan Plati Yialos, with cafes and restaurant lining the beachfront; picturesque Herronisos with fresh fish served daily, and the little fishing village of Faros; Kastro, the old capital, keeping watch over the Aegean Sea from within its ancient walls, and aristocratic Artemonas, with well-tended alleyways leading to hidden delights; and Kamares, our port, with a beautiful sandy beach that’s awarded the Blue Flag of the European Union year after year: each one calling you, and all fighting for your attention.
For those who love hiking, Sifnos has one of the most beautiful, most well-maintained trail networks in Greece and Fyrogia, just 500 metres from our door, is the starting point for several of the most popular routes. From here, you can follow the trails to Profitis Ilias, the island’s tallest peak (where our most famous panigiri – church festival – is held on the 19th of July), the ancient acropolis and museum of Agios Andreas (1300 BC), with breath-taking views of the entire Cyclades island complex, Mavro Horio, Panagia tou Niliou, and Vathy, to name but a few. For the more adventurous and the horse lovers among you, there is also the option of trail riding to explore the island on horseback and see Sifnos from an entirely different point of view. Finally, if marine activities are more to your taste, you can hire a private boat and discover the island’s most secret and remote beaches and coves by sea.
We don’t need to tell you that Sifnos, with its long tradition in gastronomy, is considered by many as food heaven: you’ve no doubt heard a lot, and you will find out much more, first-hand, when you visit the island’s many excellent restaurants. If your visit includes a weekend, however, make sure you try our traditional revithada, chickpea stew, cooked in our private wood-fire oven overnight on Saturdays, and served every Sunday.