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Vathi- Port from Open Sea

This little port is quite easy to be missed when approaching by private sailboat. Even though we had been warned to be observant, we sailed right on by the small entrance! So, turn around we did, and so worth the extra distance! A lovely little port, unspoiled by tourists, with small tavernas along the little beach to the right of the port.

Just in front of the docks, is a quaint little white church, surrounded by a large open pedestrian walk way and platea.

There are some small private bungalows and rooms along the beach, which looked very enticing, worth coming back for a land-logged stay in the future!

White Churchs of the Islands

Nothing is more characteristic of the Cycladic Islands than their crips white, domed Byzantine Orthodox churches juxtaposed against the brilliant Aegean Blue Sky! Is this what reminds us of our smallness?

Island Folk Art

One thing you can notice, if you look closely on all the islands, is their distinct and creative ways that the local people have integrated the natural materials into their daily lives.

Here is an example of a modern adaptation where the stones of the beach have been used to renew an old table. The light blue colour is also something new. In the past, most island homes were painted one blue colour.

I suppose now that modern colours have arrived, we will begin to see the appearance of modern paint as well. At least in Serifos the locals have chosen wisely to retain a similar hue of blue to freshen their homes and this same colour is repeated all along the beach front of many different houses, shutters and furniture.

There is nothing so unattractive to see, is the uncontrolled mish-mash of colours starting to destroy the harmony of some urban places and even on some islands. We hope the Ministry of Culture will implement and enforce certain regulations that will keep the integrity of the islands.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Unspoiled
  • Cons:Difficult to find but this good!
  • In a nutshell:Nice quiet island for just escaping the noise of the city.
  • Intro Updated Jun 13, 2007
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  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2011 at 5:03 AM

    Love the photos! This looks like a lovely place. Gillybob greetings

  • mindcrime's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2010 at 1:05 AM

    I wish you had more tips about it, I'll be there soon...

  • Balam's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2008 at 1:50 AM

    Ummm I fancy mousaka now, Great Pics.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Another interesting and alluring page!I think Im getting closer to Greece already!?

  • Orkaena's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2007 at 12:13 PM

    Lovely and luring pages dear friend! but... at all, Sifnos or Serifos??

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2007 at 1:41 AM

    Hi Janet, yes this is one of the hidden gems we visited during our sailing trip. Thanks for bringing us here :-)

  • robertgaz's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2007 at 9:11 PM

    My lips are sealed ;~)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2007 at 5:17 AM

    I love Icons and your Icon photographs up close are amazing. Oh, sometimes, don't you just want time to stand still and stay the same without the encroachment of modern distractions?


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