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Right in the middle of the Cyclades, among the many picturesque islands you can find Serifos,with its population of 1500 people and 70 km coastline it is one of the scarcely inhabited island, where the typical atmosphere has been preserved to a great extent. Serifos is the third biggest island of the Cyclades and stands between Kithnos and Sifnos - about 15 km from both. What characterize this piece of paradise is serene landscape, lavish and green valleys, rolling hills sprinkled with churches, monasteries and small chapels. You will really feel as if you are in the cradle of civilization surrounded by many ancient monuments. The typical for all Greek archipelago islands one or two-storey whitewashed houses reflect the light and create that specific indescribable spirit of the place. Let alone the endless golden beaches, the lovely and accommodating local people, diverse culture life (and night one, as well). At only 15-minute walk from the beach there is a naturist beach, if you like that type of summer fun.

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The taverns and ouzeries welcome you all day and night long.There is a 1100-year old church called Panagia in the hora ("hora" - the main town and administrative centre). If you want a real undisturbed and calm relax, just go to the small and quiet fishing village of Mega Livadi on the southwest. The northern part of Serifos island is perfectly suitable to wind-surfing, and all the other beach water sports (especially kite-surfing recently). The hilly landscape on Serifos makes you relish breath-taking views over the surrounding islands and the sea. You can reach the island by ferry (twice a day). All the beaches in Greece are of very high quality, but Serifos' stand out - they are excellent - golden sand and wonderful views again - the most magnificent is reckoned to be the beach of Psilli Ammos, 2 km east of Livadi.
From 6th century BC onwards started the gradual economic development of Serifos, and the central income came from exploit of the mineral deposits at the islands. Serifos fought against the Persians on the side of Athens, many Greek people came to live here and the ethnic balance in the island changed, so ever since then it is a purely Greek island, even though the land was under Macedonians, Egyptians and Romans. The islanders had to survive Venetian and Ottoman rule, until 1821, when Serifos island joined the Republic of Greece.
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The two things you should not miss in the hora are the Castle of Gria on the elevation of Koutalas, and the Taxiarch Monastery. Here are some of the wonderful sandy beaches for swimming: Karavi, Kalo Ampeli, Agios Sostis, Ganema, Vagia. Sikamia is a pebbly beach - it is the most remote and if you would like to sunbathe all by yourself in solitude and privacy, this is the place for you. Naturists can find peace and quiet at Livadakia and Koutalas. There is no place in Greece, which is not connected to history or mythology. Serifos is no exception - according to the legends, it was home to the hero Perseus who chopped off the head of the scary Gorgon Medusa - the only mortal beast of the three Gorgon sisters who had snakes for hair and glance which turned everything alive to stone.
The whole Serifos island, something intangible in its atmosphere, will make you feel surreal - is it the legends, the panoramic views, the Venetian-style houses and domes mixed with typically Greek ones, that create a kind of "impressionistic painting" feeling in the viewer, is it the hospitality and easy-going temper of the locals will make you feel great, and each moment of your holiday - a real relaxation. You can get to this fairy-tale island by ferry, it's at 70 n. miles from Piraeus

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