Cycladic Island Holiday Homes Most in Demand in the Mediterranean 

Mykonos, Paros and Santorini remain among the leading destinations in the Mediterranean, further establishing their investment dynamics in the post-pandemic holiday home market, according to Algean Property, who completed an annual review of 30 locations across the Mediterranean region.

In the report, Algean said that in the last few years, the holiday home market in the Mediterranean has steadily evolved from a promising real estate segment into the most dynamic and active sector of the real estate industry in this area.

“Demand across Mediterranean holiday destinations skyrocketed during the pandemic, with Greece, Spain and France leading the race. Yet, there are exceptions to this narrative with some locations experiencing small increases in yields and others experiencing a more substantial increase, mostly explained by rent figures growing faster than the sale price,” it said.

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Report by Aegean Property

For another year, Mykonos tops the list of best performers with an average gross yield of 7.4%. Paros (7.1%) is one of the destinations that were able to increase its yield compared to 2019 (6.5%). Although prices increased, rent growth outpaced sales prices growth resulting in a higher yield, further closing the gap with Mykonos. Overall, Paros has been able to benefit from Mykonos’s spillover effects with the islands being geographically near to each other. 

“This has allowed for new investments and more luxurious projects being built, increasing sales price while the greater number of tourists and pent-up demand from the pandemic has allowed rents to rapidly grow,” the report said.

Santorini’s sale price and rents experienced a slight increase compared to 2019 but overall performance remained the same with 2019 (6.3%). Skiathos and Tunisia share the 4th and 5th spot with sale prices, rents and yields remaining unchanged compared to 2019 (6.0%). 

The sixth spot is reserved by Porto Heli (5.3%) which was able to increase yields compared to 2019 (5.1%) as a result of a slight decrease in sale prices, whereas the Dalmatian Coast remained in the 7th spot with sales prices, rents and yields remaining unchanged compared to 2019 (5.1%). 

The top 10 destinations are completed by Chalkidiki, Chania and Kefalonia which all share the same yield of 4.8% with Kefalonia experiencing a significant increase in its yield compared to 2019 (4.1%) explained by rent growth outpacing sales price growth. 

The remaining 20 destinations recorded the following average gross yields: Elounda (4.6%), Zakynthos (4.6%), Rhodes (4.5%), Montenegro Coast (4.5%), Corfu(4.3%), Nice (4.3%), Turkey – Mediterranean Coast (4.3%), Athens Riviera (4.2%), Marbella (4.2%), Turkey – Aegean Coast (4.0%), Mallorca (3.7%), Saint-Tropez (3.7%), Messinia (3.6%), Sardinia (3.5%), Tel Aviv (3.4%), Ibiza (3.3%), Cannes (3.3%), Capri – Amalfi Coast(3.3%).

This article was first published here. 

For more Real Estate News & Views on Greece and Europe’s South, head to The Greek Guru.

*Image courtesy of Sotheby’s Greece 

Eco Lodge with Luxury Villas by the Sea in Milos

Set on a striking and tranquil clifftop overlooking the Aegean Sea, Skinopi Lodge on the Cycladic island of Milos features three immaculate villas with extraordinary views.

Found hidden above a tiny fishing village- and located within a protected archaeological site- the Lodge offers direct access to a private swimming spot, as well as peaceful surroundings- making Skinopi the ultimate destination for those seeking pure escapism, as well as serving as the perfect base for those desiring to explore the alluring island in depth.

Featuring minimalist architecture, which offers guests a chance to reconnect with nature, Skinopi Lodge was created in partnership with prominent Greek architects Kokkinou-Kourkoulas and landscape architect Ellie Pangalou.  

Carefully designed to harmoniously blend into the wild landscape and authentic Cycladic culture, the stylish sea-facing villas are primarily made of local stone, which was inspired by the Syrmata (traditional fishermen cottages) of the island. The other main material that takes centre stage is glass- with modern floor-to-ceiling glass windows framing the sea views and other spectacular natural surroundings; including lush olive groves and aromatic plants.  

Once you step inside to the light-filled, open and airy spaces, you will find whitewashed walls and traditional cement floors, as well as pristine seafront private land, creating the ultimate retreat with your own private front-row view of the sunset.

The villas also boast outdoor kitchens for al fresco cooking and dining, outdoor showers for bathing in the moonlight, breezy indoor-outdoor spaces with a private sundeck for quiet time with family and friends (all with endless views of the spectacular sea). Each villa also features controlled air-conditioning, a safe, flat-panel TV, portable stereo, and WiFi.

Perfect place to retreat, recharge and explore.

Skinopi Lodge

Read our Complete Guide to Milos here

Top 22 Greek Islands to Visit in 2022

Given there are over 6000 beautiful Greek islands, of which roughly 227 are inhabited, deciding which one to visit is always a hard decision to make.

If you’re planning a Greek summer holiday for 2022, the editors at IN+SIGHTS GREECE rounded up their favourite Greek islands (based on recent visits) and recommend adding them to your Greek island getaway list for this year!

P.S. This list is in no particular order- they are all just as spectacular as each other!

Folegandros

The charmingly mysterious Folegandros, situated in the corner of the southern part of the Cyclades, entices with its deep blue waters that are in complete harmony with its steep mountains, picturesque Chora, and jaw-dropping sunsets. This Greek island exudes natural beauty and it’s a dreamy destination where you can completely relax and unwind in style.  

Donousa

Part of the Small Cyclades, Donousa is perfect to explore by boat so you can get up close to the magnificent caves like “Spilia Tichou” with its beautiful stalactite formations- or discover “Fokospilia” a habitat of seals. Also, head over to the southeast of the island where you’ll find a mountainous village with breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea. And for the most beautiful beaches on the island, make your way to Livadi and Fikio.

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Spetses

Located a little over two hours away from Athens, the luscious island of Spetses is a perfect weekend escape from the Greek capital. This idyllic, car-free island of the Argosaronic Gulf is a favourite spot for affluent Athenians and international jet-setters. 

Skyros

Located in the Sporades islands, Skyros is only three and a half hours away from Athens; a destination untouched by tourism, it retains its tradition and authenticity. Whether you are an adventure seeker or looking to relax, Skyros offers a unique experience that entices you to unveil all its mysteries. 

Serifos

The dreamy landscape of this almost untouched Cycladic island is composed of rugged hills, historic mining sites, breathtaking coves, picturesque settlements, classic Greek island architecture, and endless beaches. The wild beauty of Serifos will fill your soul, relax your mind, and steal your heart. 

Naxos

Whitewashed houses, delicious food, unbeatable beaches. This is Naxos island in one sentence- one of our favourite Greek islands that never ceases to amaze. Beautiful beaches, ancient sites and museums; plus great food, atmospheric mountainous villages, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere for those who want to stay out all night. Naxos has something for every type of traveller and fulfills even the most demanding one! 

Syros

Home to the beautiful town of Ermoupolis, Syros features stunning neoclassical architecture, old mansions, marble-paved streets, charming town squares, imposing churches, and historical monuments. Syros is not only rich in both history and culture, but it also boasts beautiful beaches including Galissas, Delphini, Kini, Finikas and De La Gratsia.

Hydra

A small island in the Saronic Gulf (just 2 hours away from Athens), Hydra island has a charming atmosphere and romantic allure. It’s aristocratic, yet authentic and features a rocky landscape with elegant, imposing stone mansions, narrow cobblestone alleys with colourful bougainvillea; plus impeccable sunsets.

Milos

Volcanic rocks, vast blue magic waters, stunning sunsets, jaw-dropping beaches, geological formations and picturesque settlements by the sea, all together narrate exquisite stories about this Cycladic island that blows your mind away every time you step foot here. Fast becoming one of Greece’s most popular destinations, there is still an authentic and untouched beauty about Milos island

Paxos

Boasting spectacular azure waters and charming architecture, Paxos is one of Greece’s most beautiful islands. Located on the Ionian, it boasts some of the most stunning and exotic beaches in the world; as well as a wonderful natural landscape with lush vegetation. Combining a cosmopolitan feel with natural beauty, Paxoi is a Greek island that has been described as a “paradise on earth”.

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Kefalonia

The largest of the Ionian Isles, Kefalonia remains pure and protected from mass tourism. What makes this place so special is the pride locals take in keeping their island clean, fresh, modern, yet warm and inviting, all while encouraging its natural charm and authentic beauty to shine through. From the main town of Argostoli where you’ll find a range of eateries, bars, and boutiques through to gorgeous fishing villages and quaint towns, there’s so much to see and do on this lush island.

Ikaria

Wild landscapes, diverse beaches, thermal springs, lively summer festivals in beautiful village squares, rugged mountains, and tavernas serving foods made from organic produce and local goods like goat’s cheese, honey, and meat are all part of the Ikaria experience.

Astypalea

The simplicity of this authentic island, which shares aesthetic elements of the Cyclades and the Dodecanese, is what makes this destination extra special! Astypalea’s magnificent Chora, the old port, picturesque windmills, an imposing Venetian castle built of dark stones, and stunning beaches with crystal clear waters are the main reasons to fall in love with this beautiful Greek island. 

Crete

Greece’s largest island is always a good idea! Renowned for its breathtaking beaches, rustic natural beauty, delightful cuisine and its remarkable hospitality, there is so much to see and do here. The main places to visit are Chania, Heraklion, Rethymno, and Agios Nikolaos; it doesn’t really matter where you go, as it’s a magnificent island filled with rich culture, history and traditions.  

Andros

An ideal Greek island year-round as it’s located just two hours from Athens, Andros is filled with lush vegetation, abundant water, and stunning beaches. The beautiful Cycladic isle owes its lush greenery to its rich underground and surface water resources. Here you can experience the island’s rich culture and culinary flair. Also make sure you visit one of the many historic monasteries and churches, the amazing museums and enjoy the endless nature and its hiking trails.

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Tinos

The third-largest Cycladic island, Tinos is gifted with impeccable beauty. Crystal-clear waters, rare sorts of stone, architectural masterpieces, several charming villages with alleyways and bougainvillea, dovecotes, and the perfect environment to stimulate any artistic inclination- the island of Aeolus has it all!

Patmos

The Aegean island of the Apocalypse is known as the place where Saint John the Theologian wrote the Book of Revelation. Patmos is a nostalgic destination, offering wild beauty, a striking coastline, medieval Chora, a maze of alleyways filled with cascading bougainvillea, and beautiful doors. Patmos is an unspoiled island that you should explore at your own pace.

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Karpathos

Also located in the Dodecanese, Karpathos is an island of untouched beauty that’s loved for its authentic customs and centuries-old traditions. Visit the ancient acropolis, caves, churches and see locals in their traditional dress. Offering beautiful views from authentic mountainside villages- here you’ll get to understand what Greek island life is truly about.  

Rhodes

The largest island of the Dodecanese, Rhodes is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. Make sure you visit Lindos, which has one of the best microclimates in the Mediterranean is a must, as well as the beaches of Anthony Quinn and Kallithea.

Lefkada

This Ionian isle boasts remarkable natural landscapes, world-famous beaches, verdant mountains, delightful local cuisine, a noteworthy winemaking tradition, and an exciting range of things to see and do. Otherwise known as Lefkas, it’s the perfect spot for a summer holiday.

Symi

An absolute gem in the heart of the Dodecanese, Symi is a small but mesmerising Greek island, which lies in the north of Rhodes. Surrounded by deep green seas and covered in cypress trees, this beautiful destination is home to one of the prettiest ports in Greece, neo-classical mansions, and dreamy fishing villages. Many visitors arrive here on their private yacht and spend days (or weeks) enjoying the magical views surrounding them. 

Kythira

This undiscovered island close to Athens is filled with history, captivating scenery,  imposing castles, secret caves, medieval villages and beautiful beaches. Located off the south coast of the Peloponnese, Kythira also features delightful villages and lovely local delicacies that you’re sure to enjoy. 

Mykonos Jewellery Store Designed to Look Like a Pool 

Designer studio THE SAINT OF ATHENS teamed up with Dive Architects to come up with what is described as being a surreal, summer idea.

Cosmopolitan and picturesque places like Mykonos tend to trap themselves in a dipole of rigid tradition versus forced extravagance. Thankfully, emblematic Italian jewellery brand GAVELLO Milano came up with a solution that transcends the island’s stereotypes with a creative aesthetic idea.

GAVELLO nel blu by SAINT OF ATHENS and Dive Architects, is a jewellery store within a pool, as in, a typical Cycladic store (as seen from the outside) designed to resemble a pool on the inside. 

Light blue tiles, beach balls, striped bolsters, lockers, and a pool ladder on the wall create an oh-so-familiar ambience and evoke an oblique summer feeling. 

Mirrors, cushions, custom terrazzo display cases, and display cones & cylinders (on which someone might even want to hang their towel) serve as practical elements as well as conceptual props that enhance the pool concept. A few square meters are enough for interior design to show its surreally ingenious side and for opulent products to acquire a whole new market context.

This article was first published here. 

For more Real Estate News & Views on Greece and Europe’s South, head to The Greek Guru.

Photography by Gavriil Papadiotis

Experience Andros Like Never Before

Andros’ boutique guest house, Mèlisses has teamed up with local producers to create a series of gastronomic experiences that will showcase the alluring Cycladic isle in a unique and beautiful way; as guests will be treated to the freshest ingredients the island has to offer- in the most stunning of settings. 

With the aim of bringing guests from different backgrounds together over a shared meal (to experience the true essence of Andros) dinners will take place at a range of remarkable spots around the charming and diverse island. This will include gatherings at a neoclassical home of a shipowner, a picturesque seaside dinner on a sandy beach, and a gathering at a secluded olive grove. 

What’s even more special is that the location of each dinner will not be disclosed until one day before the event- so guests will be treated to surprise after surprise! 

The dinners will be in collaboration with leading local and international chefs, who will highlight local ingredients and support its producers. In addition, 50% of proceeds will be donated to charitable organisations including Philanthropic Association of Apoikia and Andrion Club.

“We believe in supporting the island of Andros, as well as its local producers and communities,” says the Mèlisses team.  

When asked what guests can expect, Allegra Pomilio, the outstanding host at Mèlisses, who warmly welcomes her guests and invites them to feel at home, told IN+SIGHTS GREECE, “We haven’t finalised the menu yet, but one thing I can reveal about the first event is that honey will be one of the key elements of our dishes.”

And without giving too much away, Allegra revealed that she and her talented team have been working on a few new dishes including a “Tart with Honey, Cardamom Pastry Cream and Fresh Fruits”; and a “Homemade Ravioli, filled with Honey Roasted Squash- served with Pistachio and Beurre Noisette Sauce”. 

“The Hive” Dinner Saturday, 18th of September, 2021

The first pop-up event from the series will be a communal epicurean experience featuring a five-course dinner curated by the talented Mèlisses’ team. The meal will feature seasonal ingredients native to Andros, paired thoughtfully with Greek wines and spirits. 

“Our first supper will be at the house of Mèlisses, our hive, where guests and friends alike gather.” 

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Mèlisses

This beautiful B&B is a place where you can fully experience the character and charm of Andros island. Overlooking the Aegean Sea, Mèlisses is like a home away from home, as Allegra and her family beautifully transformed her family’s Greek residence into an enchanting place for visitors to stay.

The property features two double bedrooms with direct access to the large infinity pool, two suites, and a cottage with a private pool. All rooms overlook the Aegean Sea, while breakfast is served at the open kitchen in the main house, in front of the infinity saltwater pool- making it a memorable experience for guests. 

For more details on The Hive Pop Up Dinners head to melissesandros

Main image by @eventions_wedding ©

Stylish New Seafront Hotel Opens in Paros

A stylish new seafront hotel has opened its doors on the beautiful Cycladic island of Paros. Just a short stroll to Naoussa village, Cove features elegant and earthy rooms and suites; not to mention tranquil outdoor living spaces that are designed for guests to enjoy a peaceful and memorable getaway. 

Cove is a boutique hotel featuring 40 elegant suites and five luxurious family suites with private pools. It offers an all-day beach bar and restaurant and is spread out on 20 acres of land. 

Location 

Set right in front of the beach of Agioi Anargyroi, Cove offers breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea, which looks extra spectacular during sunset. Only 700 metres from the centre of Naoussa, 5km to Kolymbithres beach, 1 km to the Wine Museum of Naoussa; and the Venetian Harbour and Castle are also just a walk away. 

Style & Character 

Boasting clean and modern lines, earthy materials and fine details, the sleek hotel is designed with a perfect balance of comfort and style. Designed by Athens based architectural firm eDje, the minimalist aesthetics are actually warm and inviting. 

Rooms

The hotel offers 45 suites, with five of these being signature suites, which have been designed to promote slow, easy living both indoors and outdoors. All signature suites come with their own private pools and can accommodate up to four adults and one child. Room types include Superior Double Rooms, Classic Suites, Junior Suites, Executives View Suites, Deluxe Family Rooms and an Interconnecting Classic Suite. 

Food & Drinks

The Cove’s new Rada Restaurant serves fresh Cycladic inspired dishes using locally sourced and seasonal produce. Set on the beach, guests are able to enjoy the sunset and the breathtaking surroundings as they enjoy their breakfast, lunch or dinner. At the hotel bar, guests can enjoy lush cocktails, and healthy smoothies and specially made to order drinks. 

Facilities

The hotel features an infinity pool, complimentary parking, a restaurant, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a bar. Guests are also able to make the most of the lovely garden and rest assured the hotel provides a 24-hour front desk and room service.

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Ideal for…

This modern hotel is the ideal getaway for families, couples, and all those looking for a peaceful getaway that’s also only moments away from a beautiful Cycladic town that’s filled with charming cafes, taverns, bars and boutiques. Positioned right on the beach, it’s also perfect for anyone who wants to spend their entire time relaxing by the water. 

Services

  • Free WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • 24-hour services
  • Pool
  • Housekeeping

A: Agioi Anargyroi, Naoussa 844 01

10 Things You Shouldn’t Miss When in Mykonos

The cosmopolitan island of Mykonos, sitting under perfect blue skies and the enjoyable Greek sun, always manages to impress and attract thousands of visitors from all over the world. Stunning beaches, award-winning services, delicious food and picturesque landscapes make the island a wonderful place to be.

Lists of things to do in Mykonos are endless as there is always something new to discover and try. I visited the “island of the winds” this May- one of the best months to be in Mykonos, as it’s not crowded. I returned home with new insider tips and suggestions- and here they are!

1. Enjoy a dip in Paraga beach

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One of Greece’s most popular islands (image by Maria Petropoulou)

One of my favourite beaches in Mykonos, with crystal-clear waters, beautiful views and a cosy atmosphere. Soak up the sun and relax at one of the beach bars.

2. Try fresh fish at Tassos tavern

After your dip, walk barefoot to Tassos tavern and enjoy a wide range of traditional Greek food. Don’t miss ordering fresh fish; make sure to ask Kostas about the fish of the day and how you want it cooked. Accompany your fish with a Greek salad, octopus and other seafood delicacies that will satisfy your taste buds. Make sure to keep some space for the lovely desserts they offer; Halvas, Samali or Chocolate Pie.

3. Have your breakfast at Kazarma, in Mykonos Chora

I suggest you wake up early and take a slow stroll through Chora. Find Kazarma- one of the all-day seaside restaurants- and have an excellent breakfast along with a Freddo Espresso, of course, or a fresh juice. 

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Stroll through Chora (image by Maria Petropoulou)

4. Alternatively, go to Gerasimos bakery and grab one of their delicious freshly-made pies and walk around the alleys. Try “Tyropita” (cheese-pie), “Spanakopita” (spinach pie) or a slice of the super nice pizza.

5. Enjoy fresh fish with a view at Nikolas tavern

This place is heaven. Located in Agia Anna, in a beautiful spot, the tavern offers delicious local fresh fish and other Greek flavours, while it also offers fantastic sea views. Extra bonus is the homemade cheesecake created by the owner’s wife.

6. Unwind under the wild beauty of Panormos beach

Windy but so unbelievably beautiful, the wild landscape of Panormos will take your breath away. Located on the north coast, Panormos is known for its dramatic scenery and amazingly clear water. You can find tranquillity in the relaxed section as well as more intense vibes at the boho-style beach club Principote

7. Visit Scorpios Mykonos

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Lunch at Principote

A place that holds a reputation for a good reason. Its boho and stylish vibes make Scorpios Mykonos one of the most unique spots on the island; definitely worth visiting. Make sure you dine at the restaurant or have a drink on the sunset deck.

8. Don’t miss out on Alemagou

Located at Ftelia beach, this is also a great beach bar featuring a bohemian setting- perfect for spending a relaxed and refreshing day at one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.  

9. Enjoy Greek traditional food at Limnios tavern

Limnios is located at Agios Stefanos- approximately 15 minutes from Mykonos town- and offers delicious Greek cuisine. My personal favourite is “Dolmadakia” (grape leaves stuffed with rice, meat and shaped into rolls). Not many people get these right, so thumbs up for Limnios. What is also worth trying is their meat dishes; especially the burger. 

10. Have a drink at Galleraki

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Boho-chic Scorpios

The old-time classic Galleraki is always a good choice for great cocktails near the sea. Visit it in the evening and enjoy perfect sunset views. 

Where to stay

I strongly recommend La Maison Blanche, owned by the wonderful Mrs Christina and her daughter Sophia. It consists of beautiful villas, offering a truly fantastic view. Mrs Christina is always there to help and guide you with whatever you may need. The villas’ terraces overlook the Aegean Sea, Mykonos Town and the surrounding Cyclades islands. 

Enjoy your time in Mykonos! 

Stunning New Boutique Hotel Opens in Milos  

A new waterfront hotel has opened its doors on the beautiful Cycladic island of Milos. Set on a pretty fishing village, White Pebble Suites features earthy and serene rooms and suites; not to mention tranquil outdoor living spaces that are magnificently designed for guests to enjoy a peaceful and majestic getaway. 

Location 

Shaped by its volcanic past, Milos offers its visitors breathtaking beaches and an exotic beauty unlike any other island in the Aegean Sea- as the spectacular volcanic rocks paint the beaches red, pink, and orange. White Pebble Suites is poised on the waterfront fishing village of Pollonia. Filled with sun-dappled cafes and a range of seafood tavernas, from the hotel, you are only steps from a rocky cove and a charming sandy bay. Serene by day and lively by night, Pollonia is the ideal spot for exploring Milos and the surrounding islands. The hotel is 12km from Milos airport and 10km from the port and Milos Town. 

Style & Character 

Designed by Athens-based KKMK Architects, the intimate hotel features polished cement, wood, and pale marble- offering a modern interpretation of Cycladic minimalism. Pebble-shaped tables and curvaceous built-in furniture are inspired by the rippling limestone cliffs and organic architecture of Milos; while the smooth white curves around the unique volcanic landscapes of the island also feature in the design, which is both warm and inviting. 

Rooms

The 12 sea-view suites are immersed in their natural surroundings and extend to shady terraces with sparkling sea views, Eight of the suites have heated plunge pools where guests can unwind and watch the sunset. Aromatic plants and swaying reeds create natural borders between suites, a cocoon of privacy and serenity.

Food & Drinks

The seasonal, modern Mediterranean menu at the hotel is created by executive chef Vasileios Giannopoulos, who specialises in Greek cuisine and sources ingredients from all over the Cyclades. Guests can enjoy restaurant-worthy room service, romantic poolside dining, spirited cocktails at the seaside bar, and tailor-made menus for private dining. 

Facilities

White Pebble Suites also features a spa, a beautifully curated boutique featuring the latest resort and beachwear, a seaside pool bar, and private dining.  There is also a saltwater swimming pool that appears to flow into the sea, and Wellness Spa dedicated to the healing powers of the island’s minerals. The spa features a tranquil treatment room, hammam, and revitalising Vichy shower. Poolside yoga is also available on request. 

Ideal for…

This secluded and intimate hotel is the ultimate hideaway for couples, solo travellers, and those looking for spa retreats. White Pebble Suites is also the perfect backdrop for special occasions — from intimate weddings to anniversaries, milestone birthdays, or private parties. For buy-outs, a team of event planners will devise a one-of-a-kind itinerary, from banquets and beach barbeques to sunset cruises and island-hopping adventures.

Services

  • Free WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Concierge service
  • Pool
  • 16-hour front desk

A: Pollonia, Milos 84800 Cyclades

Ultimate Guide to Serifos

The dreamy landscape of this almost untouched Cycladic island is composed of rugged hills, historic mining sites, breathtaking coves, picturesque settlements, classic Greek island architecture, and endless beaches. Discover our Complete Guide to Serifos. 

Simple, authentic, and majestic. The wild beauty of Serifos will fill your soul, relax your mind, and steal your heart. Discover why this is one of the Cyclades’ best-kept secrets.

What you need to know before you arrive

-Serifos is located between Sifnos and Milos.

-The post office, travel agencies, bank (Alpha Bank), ATM, gas station are in the Livadi area.  
Groceries stores are in Livadi as well as in Chora.

Getting there

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Stunning Cycladic Isle

Serifos is easily accessible by ferry from Piraeus port in Athens approximately 2 hours), and from some islands of the Cyclades, including Milos, Sifnos, and Kythnos. During summer, some extra routes are carried out from Lavrion port.

Tips for getting around 

It’s better to rent a car or motorcycle in order to explore the island at your own pace and visit the many beaches of Serifos. During summertime, buses leave from Livadi to Ano Chora, every thirty minutes. Timetables are usually posted at the bus stops and tickets are sold inside the bus. If you want to book a transfer by taxi, you can call on +30 694 4473 044, +30 697 3801 051, or +30 694 4908 637. 

Where to stay 

If you have a car, it is better to stay in the picturesque Chora of the island. Otherwise, Livadi (the island’s port) is the best option in order to have easier access to transport and it’s closer to several shops and tavernas. 

Best time to visit 

The best time to visit Serifos is from May to October and especially during the summer season. The busiest summer months are July and August, so if you want to skip the crowds, you may choose June or September.

Climate- Warm and mild. Winds are frequent on the island though. Chora, sitting atop a hill is pretty windy, so if you go in the evening make sure to take a jacket.

Where to sleep 

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Stroll through the tiny alleys

Captain’s House Serifos, an old house of a former Greek Captain, that dates back to the 19th century, situated in Kato Chora, next to the Primary School and the Folklore Museum. 

Rizes, located on a hill above the beach at Psili Amos and just two kilometres from Livadi. It features 14 apartments and two luxury suites. 

Coco-Mat Eco Residences, on Vagia beach, is a complex of 13 miners’ houses built in the early 1900’s- now an upscale, contemporary eco-friendly place to stay. 

Where to eat

-Check out Traditional Greek taverns “Plakes”, “Aloni” and “Louis” at Chora.

-Seafood by the sea at “Lepi Lepi” at Livadi.

-Traditional cafe “Stou Stratou” at Chora.

-Fish tavern “Tis Kalis” at Livadi.

-Meat tavern at “Mpakakaki” at Livadi.

-Modern Greek cuisine at “Metalleio” at Livadi.

-Blue bamboo Thai restaurant at Livadi.

-For more traditional Greek taverns also add “Stefanakos” at Psilli Ammos and “Nikoulias” at Platys Gyalos to your list.

What to eat  

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Fresh seafood at Lepi Lepi

-Marathokeftedes (wild fennel fried balls)

-Myzithra cheese (usually accompanies choriatiki salad)

-Mastello (slow-cooked goat) 

-Revythada (chickpea soup, baked in the oven)-

-Fava (yellow split pea puree) 

-Syglino (traditional cured pork)

Where to drink 

Vatrahos, Gaidaros, and Aerino at Chora are all great choices. 

Where to swim

Agios Sostis with its soft sand. Next to the beach, there is a small chapel with the same name. 

Psilli Ammos, ideal spot to relax.

Agios Ioannis, reminds me a lot of Psili Ammos

Platys Gyalos, a sandy beach with no tourist facilities. 

Sykamia, a beach away from mass tourism, ideal if you want privacy. 

Livadakia among the most picturesque beaches on the island.

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Ganema Beach

Karavi, located after Livadakia with sand and crystal clear water. Two old shipwrecks found at the entrance to the bay is what gives the beaches their name. 

Kalo Ampeli, one of the quietest southern beaches on Serifos.

Vagia, a secluded beach on the southern side of Serifos.

Ganema, a sandy beach with crystal clear waters on Koutalas Bay

Koutalas, with some trees that provide shade.

Malliadiko, one of the most famous beaches of Serifos, with soft sand and transparent deep blue water.  

Discover history 

-According to mythology, Serifos was inhabited by the Cyclops, who is said to have built several of the monuments on the island, such as the White Tower and the Walls of Liomandras. 

-Moreover, Akrisios, the King of Argos, was told by an oracle that his grandson would be responsible for his downfall, so he locked his daughter Danae in the palace. In spite of this precaution, Zeus, who was in love with Danae, managed to leave her with a child by appearing in the form of golden rain. Once Danae gave birth to her son Perseas, Akrisios put both of them into a box and threw it into the sea.

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Town Square

-The box washed up on the shores of Serifos and was found by King Polydektis, who also fell in love with Danae. Wanting to get rid of Perseas, Polydektis sent him to kill Medusa, the mythological creature who turned people into stone by looking at them. With the help of the god, Perseas killed the monster. Athena gave him a shield with which he could reflect Medusa’s gaze and successfully attack her. Returning with the head of Medusa, Perseas turned Polydektis into stone.

-During the Prehistoric Times, tribes from Crete lived on the island. Phoenicians and Myceneans followed. In the 7th – 6th century BC, the Ionians used the iron on Serifos to become a great commercial and political center. During the period of the Persian Wars, Serifos was part of the Athenian Alliance. In 146 BC, Serifos came under Roman Rule and was used as a place of exile for those who were against the Romans. In the Byzantine Era, the island was used as a place of exile for political dissidents, while during the Venetian Rule, Serifos flourished commercially, because of the slaves that were brought to work in the iron mines. The Ottoman Rule was a time of great decline. Serifos took part in the Greek Revolution and was liberated along with the other Cyclades Islands in 1830. From then on, iron mining played a major role in the island’s economy, while agriculture, fishing, and tourism were also important factors in Serifos’ survival. 

Culture & traditions of Serifos

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Views from up top

-Rich and well-organised festivals by locals, the “Ktitores” (owners) as they are called in Serifos are festive events that are held by each church. The “ktitores” will serve guests the delicacies that they have been preparing all day long such as boiled goat with spaghetti, fava, salads, and local wine. 

Xylopanagia is the most important festival in Serifos. Its name comes from the “tsakomata” (fighting) with wooden sticks between men; for winning the heart of the most beautiful woman. The festival takes place on the 15th of August, around the old olive tree of the square at the most ancient church of Serifos, in the village of Panagia. According to the tradition, the couple that dances first around the olive tree in front of the church will be married within a year. Today this custom does not take place anymore, however, the festival is still one of the most important on the island, and all the locals celebrate it every year. 

-Another important festival is that of Panagia of Liomantra, near the small homonymous settlement, which takes place four times per year.

Do as locals do…For breakfast, coffee, or a cocktail at night, go to the Yacht Club, an “all-day-every-day” place to be and the local’s favourite, since 1938. 

Insider tips- Cars cannot go all the way up to Chora, and much of it is paved footpaths, so luggage and baby prams would need to be carried up and down. 

Ideal time to spend here? I would recommend staying here for at least three days.

Favorite part?

Having a slow morning, and eating breakfast at kafeneio “Stou Stratou” in the main square of Chora, while admiring the neoclassical facade of the Town Hall and church. You will find a menu full of poetry.  

What to avoid? Climbing the steps from Livadi or Kato Chora to Ano Chora, before the evening, as it is extremely hot. Try it only early in the morning or late in the evening. 

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The island’s historical windmills

Top activities

Hiking- You will find endless trails everywhere on the island, but do not forget to wear comfortable shoes and a hat.

Scuba Diving- Serifos Scuba Divers Club, located in Livadi, offers a dive into the crystal-clear waters of Serifos.

Windsurf and Kitesurf-The bay of Livadi (beaches of Livadakia and Avlomonas), the bay of Koutalas, and the beaches of Ganema and Vagia, are ideal for these water sports. 

Every September Serifos Sunset Race is held and attracts runners and swimmers of all ages. 

Where to shop

-Kerameio, a high aesthetic pottery studio, and shop. Here you can find handmade ceramics by local or other Greek artists.

-Charisma gift shop in Chora sells unique and contemporary Greek gifts inspired by local traditions and symbols.

-Theta concept store in Livadi showcases a mix & match of collections made by their artists, jewellery, design objects, coffee table books, etc.   

What to see 

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Amazing scenery everywhere you go

The Folklore Museum, housed in a building of traditional architecture at Kato Chora (founded in 1976), contains articles (most of which donations of the residents) from the daily life of the Serifians. The museum also contains textiles, ceramics, porcelains, utensils and tools, local traditional clothes, and other objects, while there is also the reconstruction of a traditional Serifian house. Behind the Folklore Museum, there is a small theatre with a capacity for 300 people, where several cultural events take place.

The Archaeological Collection of Serifos, situated at the Mills’ square in Chora, contains findings of the Classic, the Hellenistic, and the Roman Era that came from various areas of the island. Some of the most important exhibits of the museum are a series of headless statues and a collection of amphoras.

-The mining ruins at Mega Livadi and Koutalas region (the soil of Serifos is rich in ore deposits). The mines have been on the island since 3000 BC and gave such prosperity and strength to the islanders that in the 6th Century BC, they created their own currency. After the end of the Greek Revolution, in 1830, Serifos reopened its mines, which started operating on a big scale. Working conditions in the mines were very harsh and thousands of workers lost their lives in the mine galleries due to the inhuman working conditions and the lack of safety measures. The mines of Serifos have now been abandoned since 1964 when they closed. A neoclassical building, once the mining headquarters, overlooks the bay.

-The picturesque Chapel of Agios Konstantinos stands over a Venetian castle built in 1434 (and renovated in 1928), on the highest spot of Chora. It offers an amazing panoramic view of the sea and the close islands, ideal for sunrise or sunset.   

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Polina, at a local cafe

The White Tower, an archaeological site in the Mega Livadi region, supposedly built around the 4th – 3th centuries BC. Nowadays you can admire only the remains of the walls in surroundings, still unspoiled by building development. 

-The Throne of the Cyclop, or else Psathopyrgos at Mega Livadi region, a great sunset spot. The Monastery of Taxiarches at Platys Gyalos and the Lighthouse at Spathi cape with panoramic view.          

Take a day trip to… Sifnos. The ferry between the two islands takes just 50 minutes, so you can easily hop on a boat in the morning and enjoy the island that owes its reputation as a foodie island to Nicholas Tselementes.

Can’t leave until you…

-Visit the Chrysoloras Winery at Platys Gyalos, where the owner and winemaker Christos Chrysoloras makes bio-certified wine with local grape variety (called Serfiotiko), which produces a unique white wine. 

– Walk from Chora and take the path that goes down to Livadi. You will pass by a number of blue-domed churches and chapels- it offers breathtaking views. 

Immaculate 17th-Century Holiday Home in Tinos

On a charming mountainous village in the centre of Tinos, you will come across a traditional 17th Century home (that once belonged to a local bishop). After being beautifully restored, it has now become one of the coziest holiday villas on the island. 

Perched on the high slopes of Mount Exombourgo, the fabulously renovated Xinara House in Tripotamos is the ideal place to stay if you are looking for an authentic Cycladic experience. 

Boasting an elevated position that offers unobstructed views of nearby charming hillside villages and the majestic Aegean Sea (that’s extra-spectacular during sunset), the property includes a set of two immaculate villas, tastefully styled to blend in beautifully with their natural surroundings. 

Proud owners and hosts, Peter and Susan Marston, who purchased the home in 2016, worked closely with locals to retain as much of the traditional architecture as possible, and throughout the villa, you will find locally produced Tinos marble, which is featured on the floors, tables and even solid-marble basins for the bathrooms and kitchen. 

The light-filled home also features originally carved marble fanlights, plasterwork, and traditional island pebble-patterns are laid on the terrace. Xinara House is a real “home away from home” and guests are able to rent out the entire property, which accommodates up to 13 people; otherwise the villas can be divided into two, with the House, being the bigger option; and Blacksmith, which fits 2-3 people.

The exterior of the villa has been perfectly repainted with natural limewash and there are also splashes of  ‘loulaki’ (Greek island blue) giving the villas a traditional, yet fresh facade. Outside really is just as spectacular (if not more so) than the interior spaces; as this is where guests are really able to feel the island vibe and sense true Cycladic life.

The private bougainvillea-filled gardens are home to mulberries, walnuts, almonds, figs, and other delightful fruit trees; amongst the pretty terraces, Peter and Susan grow organic fruit and vegetables for their guests to enjoy throughout their entire stay. A vineyard has also been planted and produces rosé, and new vegetable gardens (plus fresh eggs) stock the kitchens. Breakfast is included; with generous servings of fresh and organic island milk and yogurt, eggs, bread, granola, fruit, and a perfect shot of espresso- the ideal way to start your day! 

On the private terraced gardens, guests are encouraged to create their own tasty lunches and dinners; and the outdoor kitchen space includes an original wood-fired oven. Guests are able to help themselves with the organic vegetables and other delicious local produce available, including the lovely wine produced from the property’s own vineyard. 

Spend time relaxing and unwinding on one of the many loungers and hammocks; or wander around and get up close to the lemon and orange trees, ancient olives, and cactus. From here you are also only minutes away from beaches and restaurants, or hike around the island’s ancient paths and villages. Only 10 – 15 minutes from the main town of Xinara, old tracks from the house will lead you directly to the mountain, down to old villages, the port, and to one of the island’s best beaches (safe, sandy, and with a beach bar) it’s just a short drive from the house and ideal for families. 

Nearby you will also find a nice variety of taverns, cafes, bakeries, and other stores. These come personally recommended by Paul and Susan, who want their guests to have the most memorable stay in Tinos, an amazing island they have completely fallen in love with. 

Staying at a Blissful Private Residence in Folegandros

An old authentic Cycladic home on the island of Folegandros has been restored into a stunning villa with impeccable views and a bohemian vibe.  

Folegandros is my favourite island, so as soon as the opportunity arose, of course, I jumped at the chance to go back. This Cycladic island with its impeccable wild beauty allows me to feel completely carefree every time I set foot on it.

This time I was invited to explore the brand new Makarias Villa, a “re-creation” of Blue Sand Hotel and Suites, a boutique stay at Agali beach.  

Makarias Villa is a separate residence, blissfully set on a tranquil edge of Ano Meria village, just 3 km from Agali beach. Katerina, the owner who is also an interior designer, used her old family home as a canvas. The house was completely restored, with respect to the local architectural tradition and has now been turned into Makarias Villa. “Makarios” in Greek means happy, and this is exactly what you become when you stay here. 

This fully renovated, unique escape blends the owners’ love for vintage and coastal interiors, high-quality amenities, and sleek, rustic-inspired elements. But what is really remarkable is that the restoration preserves and reveals all the traditional elements of this off-white cubic house. Small windows that used to protect locals from the strong winds are now the medium through which natural gleam plays a game of light and shadow with the white walls, highlighting the interior’s fine details. 

The layout is preserved as it was. You can imagine the old owners (Katerina’s grandparents) living in the spaces, especially in the kitchen, where the modern amenities have been blended in so masterfully that nothing seems odd or starkly modern. Everything at Makarias villa is in harmony with the particular local feel. The decor is in touch with the eternal style of island architecture; and the bohemian feel blends in beautifully with a modern minimalistic design using ageless materials such as wood, stone, and forged cement. 

The Cycladic, earthy exterior offers a peaceful setting with an outdoor sitting area and a small private heated plunge pool with a hot tub and comfy wooden sunbeds- that provide bedazzling views to the turquoise Aegean Sea, which is only a few hundred metres away. The scenery is an explosion of bright colours, where an orange and pink palette dives down to the sea. The sense of freedom from there is incomparable- allowing guests the chance to really relax and unwind. Artfully combining seclusion and privacy amidst unspoiled nature, Makarias Villa is perfect for stargazing, endless tranquillity, and certainly an abundance of pure, summer Mediterranean breeze. 

For those in each of the ultimate traditional Folegandros island experience; with a passion for cultural authenticity, privacy, and a bohemian vibe- the brand new Makarias Villa will definitely please. Leave everything behind and indulge at a place that makes you feel at home (with a jaw-dropping oceanfront setting overlooking the azure bay as well). 

7 Greek Islands We Can’t Wait to Revisit

Given there’s over 6000 stunning Greek islands, of which roughly 227 are inhabited, deciding which one to visit (or revisit) is always a hard decision to make. 

The obvious choice for many is Santorini and Mykonos (there’s no denying their beauty) but for us, there are many others we can’t wait to get to again this summer and they are all just as breathtaking as each other!

Hydra 

A small island in the Saronic Gulf (just 2 hours away from Athens), Hydra island with its classic beauty has seduced many international personalities such as Sophia Loren, Maria Callas, Aristotle Onassis, and Leonard Cohen, who purchased a house on the island in 1960. Moreover, the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd used to regularly vacation here. Hydra has a charming atmosphere and romantic allure, it is aristocratic, yet authentic and features a rocky landscape with elegant, imposing stone mansions, narrow cobblestone alleys with colourful bougainvillea; plus impeccable sunsets.

Samos

With a history going back to the Neolithic era, Samos island is rich with a varied and impressive archaeological beauty that can raise the pulse of even the most bored, tag-along visitor. From hiking in beautiful nature to visiting charming little villages, tasting some of the best wine Greece has to offer, and swimming at beautiful beaches that offer clear waters and a chilled vibe- Samos has something for everyone. 

Milos 

Volcanic rocks, vast blue magic waters, stunning sunsets, jaw-dropping beaches, geological formations (that awaken your imagination), and picturesque settlements by the sea, all together narrate exquisite stories about this Cycladic island that blows your mind away, every time you step foot here. Fast becoming one of Greece’s most popular destinations, there is still an authentic and untouched beauty about Milos island

Naxos

Whitewashed houses, delicious food, unbeatable beaches. This is Naxos island in one sentence, one of our favourite Greek islands that never ceases to amaze. Naxos is the largest Cycladic island and it has it all. Beautiful beaches, ancient sites and museums, great food, atmospheric mountainous villages, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere for those who want to stay out all night. It has something for every type of traveller and fulfills even the most demanding one!

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Kefalonia

There’s something magical about Kefalonia island, the largest of the Ionian isles, which still remains pure and protected from mass tourism. What makes this place so special is the pride locals take in keeping their island clean, fresh, modern, yet warm and inviting, all while encouraging its natural charm and authentic beauty to shine through. From the main town of Argostoli where you will find a range of eateries, bars, and boutiques through to gorgeous fishing villages and quaint towns, there’s so much to see and do on this lush island; home to Myrtos, one of Greece’s most breathtaking beaches.

Astypalea

From the moment you arrive, Astypalea island will take your breath away. The simplicity of this authentic island, which shares aesthetic elements of the Cyclades and the Dodecanese, is what makes this destination extra special! Its magnificent Chora, the old port, eight picturesque windmills, an imposing Venetian castle built of dark stones; and stunning beaches with crystal clear waters are the main reasons to fall in love with this beautiful Greek island. 

Symi

Another gem in the heart of the Dodecanese, Symi is a small but mesmerising Greek island, which lies in the Southern Dodecanese, north of Rhodes. Surrounded by deep green seas and covered in cypress trees, this beautiful destination is home to one of the prettiest ports in Greece, neo-classical mansions, and dreamy fishing villages. Many visitors arrive here on their private yacht and spend days (or weeks) enjoying the magical views surrounding them. 

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