Cheronissos at Sifnos
It is located at the northest end of Sifnos. It is a traditional fishermen village with a small sandy beach and taverns where you shall taste fresh fish
Kamares at Sifnos
Kamares is the biggest coastal village. The port of Sifnos is located here. The central settlement extends towards the right side of the bay. This is the first place that the visitor will see when he comes to Sifnos. Here, you will find restaurants, cafeterias, confectionaries and travel agencies as well as a sandy beach.
Chrissopigi at Sifnos
It is a rock where the monastery of Panagia of Chryssopigi, the protector of Sifnos, is situated. At the entrance of the rock, there is a rupture that has been created by a miracle to save the women of Sifnos from the pirates. Here takes place the most important festival of Sifnos, every year, at the feast of the Ascension.
History of Sifnos
According to Pliny, Sifnos’ initial name was “Meropia” and “Akis”, while according to Stephanus of Byzantium it was “Meropi”. Its current name derives from Siphnos, the son of the mythic attic hero Sounios, according to another version, the name of the island derives from the adjective “σιφνός” (sifnos), which means void, probably because of the ancient mine galleries and according to others, it derives from the word “σιφνείς” (= mole).
To the southeast of Apollonia, on the hill of Ag. Andreas there are the double walls of the pro-hellenic citadel, that prove the existence of a city of that period, whose name is unknown. The external wall looks like the wall of Troy and the walls of the Mycenaean period. Many vessels and tombs of that historical period have been found at the same area.
It is thought likely that the first residents of Sifnos were the Carians and the Cretans. According to Herodotus, the first residents of Sifnos were the Ionians, colonists of Athenians. During the Classical period there was an important city on the island that Herodotus calls “Asty” with sublime buildings, which has been located where today is “Seralia” or “Kastro” (eastward). At this city there was a Prytaneum, the “Lefkofryx Agora”, built of white marble from Paros, a big temple and the theatre of Dionysus.
Ancient Sifnos was famous for its gold and silver mines, which had made the Sifnian people very rich. Later on, due to the exhaustion of the deposits or due to the flood of the tunnels by the sea, poverty fell on the island.
History source: Wikipedia