"Sikinos, The Hidden beauty of Cyclades" Sikinos Island by dimilag

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Sikonos is one of the most beautiful islands in the Cyclades, with stunning landscapes and pleasant beaches. The island has avoided mass tourism, and the islander’s main source of economy is fishing and farming. Its ancient name was Oinoe (wine island). Today local pure honey is the product you should try.

Sikinos lies between Folegandros and Ios and is 39 sq km in area. It is 120 nautical miles from Piraeus, that is, approximately 9 hours by boat. It is a mountainous island with Troulos (600 metres) as its highest peak. It also has small but not particularly fertile valleys. Its climate is dry and very healthy but the aridity, which prevails in most Cycladic islands, does not favour cultivation. The 300 inhabitants of Sikinos are mainly engaged in stock-breeding and fishing and much less in agriculture and tourism, which is growing very slowly on the island. The locals are simple, warm-hearted and hospitable people. They like tourists and take great pains for their comfortable stay on Sikinos. Its Hora with the beautiful stone mansions, snow white houses, arched windows and paved alleyways, creates an irresistible picture.

The Villages

Sikonos Town consists of the villages Kastro and Chora. The town is a labyrinth of narrow lanes that wind their way upwards. At the top is the fortified monastery of Moni Zoodohou Pigis. In the Chora, there is a private Folk Museum , where they have on display local and agriculture items.

Alopronoia is a small port on the southeast coast, and is a small resort with a wide sandy beach ideal for children.

History - Mythology

Sikinos' history is identical to that of the Cyclades Islands.The cultivation of vineyards flourished since the early years and gave the island the name of Oini (island of wine).

Mythology reports that the king of Limnos, Thoas found refuge in Sikinos, that was then named Oinoe and after he married the Nymph Neis they had Sikinus, their son after whom the island was finally named.

Hora is one of the most beautiful settlements of the Cyclades. It was captured by the Venetians and attacked by Barbarossa. 1774 was a tragic year for Sikinos. The island suffered one of the biggest pirate raids, which caused terrible havoc. The occupation by the Francs and the subordination of the island to the Ducha of Naxos, followed in the 17th century, by the Russians. lt suffered recurring raids by the pirates and followed the rest of the Cyclades in the revolution of 1821. It was finally united with the rest of the Greek state in 1830.

The monastery of Zoodohos Pigi, or Hrissopigi, stands west of Hora, successively a colony of the Athenians, the Macedonians, the Ptolemies of Egypt and the Romans, who used it as a place of exile. The island, following the fate of the rest of the Cyclades, joined the Athenian League and then passed into the possession of the Macedonians, Ptolemies, and Romans. The latter used it as a place of exile. In 1537 the Turks captured it. The locals rightfully call it "Kastro" (Castle) since a strong fortification wall with embrasures surrounds it. The islanders took refuge in its inside from the pirate raids. It has been abandoned since 1834 with the church of Zoodohos Pigi as the only reminder of its glorious past.

Through the times, Sikinos has retained its tradition, colours and all the other characteristics that compose a typical Cycladitic island.

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  • Last visit to Sikinos Island: Dec 2001
  • Intro Updated Sep 22, 2007
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