Cycladic Island of the Day: Unpretentious Sikinos

Three quick answers to your questions about Sikinos; where should you swim, what should you sip, and what must you see?


What should we see?

The Episkopi in Sikinos is one of the most beautiful landmarks in the Cyclades and you must experience it drenched in the golden afternoon light. It was built in the 3rd century as a mausoleum and recently they discovered an unlooted tomb here. In the 17th century it was converted into a church. The marrying of antique and medieval styles has created a structure that is indescribably enchanting. If you’re planning a trip to Sikinos for next year, you’re in luck, because while the Episkopi is currently partly covered by scaffolding for restoration work, next year it will be done, and open to the public.

What should we drink? 

Wine from old local varieties with incredible views of the neighboring islands at Giorgos Manalis’ winery (Tel. (+30) 6932.272.854), which is a destination in its own right. We’d go to Sikinos just for this. Try both of the brand-new, single varieties: Mavrotragano aged in oak barrels for two years, and Assyrtiko aged for four months.

Do we really need to go on a hike to get to the beach?

The fact that most beaches on Sikinos are accessible by footpaths is not really a problem. If you don’t feel like walking, the beaches of Malta, Santorineika, Agios Panteleimonas, Karas, and Ai-Giannis are all accessible via Savvas Doulfis’ boat (Tel. (+30) 6937.014.734). Excursions are organized daily. 

You can read more about Sikinos here.


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