The Cycladic islands in Greece are most known for their iconic white-washed buildings stacked on a hillside that wrap around small, sparkling bays. Islands like Mykonos, Santorini and Paros are often the first to capture tourists’ hearts, however, it is well worth the effort to venture off the beaten path and visit some of the lesser known jewels of the Aegean Sea.
In an attempt to avoid the tourist masses and discover what the Cyclades are truly about, our family began visiting the small island of Sifnos nearly 20 years ago. Sifnos, back then, and still today is known for its wild beauty, architecture, ceramics, and unique cuisine. The way individual porches and verandas open up to the streets and pathways on the island have attracted architects from all over the world to come visit. Sifnos is perhaps best known for their history of ceramics produced on the island which date back to antiquity. For centuries, the island’s towns were busy with pottery workshops and ceramics were stacked onto fishing boats and exported all over the Mediterranean. Today, the pottery is still alive and thriving, but only a few workshops continue to use the same traditional clay and glazes, such as the Lembesis family. This family includes 5 generations of potters and their studio is in a small village near the top of the island and worth visiting, but until you do be sure to check out our collection of Lembesis bowls.
We couldn't mention a Greek island without talking about food - unlike the rest of the Cyclades, Sifnos has its very own cuisine and is home to the annual Cycladic Gastronomy Festival. Read more about the food this island has to offer and why Conde Nast says Sifnos “has the most sizzling food scene in the [Mediterranean] right now” in the “To Eat” notes on our travel page.
From Athens, Sifnos is three hours by catamaran or five hours by ferry. For ferry schedules, check here. You an make easy connections from Sifnos to the islands of Milos and Serifos. From Sifnos' port of Kamares, we take a bus or taxi to our windmill villa at the top of the island and from there we rent mopeds to scoot around during our stay. To prepare for the rest of your visit, check out our recommendations on our travel page and for some light reading try The Greek House, Christian Brechneff's lyrical memoir of his 30-year love affair with the island.
OUR LEMBESIS COLLECTION