Serifos is Love!
Bare, undulating hills interspersed with small, fertile valleys covering this picturesque island.
The rocky coastline is deeply indented with a succession of coves and bays.
The curious rock formations resemble human figures which call to mind the myth of Danae, Perseus and Medussa, as if these prehistoric inhabitants of the island had been turned to stone.
Livadi is the sheltered port on the eastern side of the island, where there is long, horse-shoe-shaped sandy beach.
Perched on the top of a steep hill, Hora or Serifos, the main town of the island, with its little cube-shaped houses and churches in the island style, with its Venetian castle above, looks like a fairytale town.
The fortress-like monastery of the Archangels (moni Taxiarchon), near the village of Galani, which houses some fine wall-paintings and important books and manuscripts, is of special interest.
The village of Panagia (which takes its name – meaning ‘Our Lady’ – from the dedication of a fine 10th century church) commands a panoramic view of the whole island.
The greatest attraction of Serifos is its magnificent beaches – Mega Livadi, Koutalas, Agios Sostis, Psili Ammos, Agios Ioanis, Sikamia.
However, it is a charm all of its own, something in the unique ‘atmosphere’ of the island, which attracts an ever-increasing number of visitors from all over the world!
How to get to Serifos
Travelling from Piraeus Port to Serifos Island takes 2 ½ hours by high-speed boat and 4 ½ hours by ferry boat.
Myth & History of Serifos Island
Serifos, a rock made of iron rooted in the middle of the sea, was known for its ore deposits from the ancient times.
It was inhabited by the Boeotians, 3000 years ago, having Diktis and Polydektis as kings, and flourished so much that it had had, since the 6th century B.C. its own currency.
This is where Perseas was born, the legendary son of Zeus and Danae, the only daughter of Acrisius, the King of Argos, who, being afraid of a prophecy given by the Delphi oracle that his grandson will kill him, first locked her in the basement of the palace and, then, when Zeus left her with a child by appearing before her in the form of golden rain, put the mother and the child in a box and threw them at sea; the gentle waves of the Aegean Sea led it to Serifos.
Perseas, once he became an adult, wanting to release his mother from the suffocating courtship of Polydektis, wore the winged sandals and by holding the mirroring shield of Goddess Athena, cut off the head of Medusa, the dreadful monster that turn into stone anyone who looked at it; the blood of Medusa inseminated Earth to give birth to Pegasus, the winged horse that was reasonably regarded by many as an offspring of Serifos.
Perseus showed the head of Medusa to the conniving King Polydektis, turning him into stone and made the doting Diktis king of the island and husband of Danae.
Odysseus has also visited this island when returning to Ithaca, according to the legend, but he did not have a good time in the cave of the Cyclops Polyphemus, who sent him off by targeting his ship with a rock outside the Koutalas cove.
Today, there are still remnants of Cyclopean walls overlooking the Aegean Sea.