Depart by coach from the pier of Kamares, the main port of Sifnos island, to reach the Mycenaean Acropolis at Agios Andreas. The Acropolis lies on the top of a hill, known as the "Kastro tou Ai-Dria" (St. Andrew's Castle), and it located on the way from Apollonia to Vathy. Recent excavations brought to light a town that was built in the 13th Century B.C and was inhabited for a hundred years before being abandoned in the 12th Century B.C. It was once again occupied in the Geometric Era in the second half of the 8th century. The town was naturally fortified by the steep hill that also allowed for an excellent view in case enemies were planning to attack and was further protected by the double fortification wall built around it. It was eventually abandoned in the 4th century B.C. Ceramics from the different eras of habitation have also been unearthed. Enjoy a visit to the small museum at the archaeological area. Next to the archaeological site is the beautiful church of Agios Andreas that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the island and the Aegean sea.
Your next visit will be the monastery of Panayia Chrysopigi, the protectress of the island, unique symbol of Sifnos. A famous monastery for its architecture and position. Built on a rocky promontory, cut off from the mainland by a narrow strip of sea. Built in 1650 on the foundations of an old church, according to a basilica plan with vault, the monastery is the most visited monument on the island, as much for the beauty of the site as for the peaceful atmosphere of this tranquil location.
After visiting the monastery, you will continue on foot on a very pleasant 25 minute easy hike from Chrysopigi to Faros village. This coastal footpath is inlaid with cobblestones and it offers magnificent scenery. Above the sea, the hike passes by the ruins of the historical ore dock for loading the ore on to the ships with ore jennies (small railcars). A little further up above the ore dock ruins are remains of the mines (like open mouths). The mines were producing silver and iron until late 19th century, and gold in the ancient times. Then the trek continues, traversing the beach of Glyfo, the small traditional settlement of Faros village and its beach.
From there, you will board your coach again on the way to a traditional workshop in Agia Anna, passing through the mountainous terraced, since ancient times, landscape of Sifnos. You will also see everywhere many small brilliant white churches with blue domes. There are more than 370 small idyllic churches scattered throughout this small island. At the traditional pottery workshop in Agia Anna a demonstration of the ancient potter’s craft will be given, during which handmade ceramic items will be produced on the potter’s wheel. Sifnos potters are considered to be the backbone of development and propagation of the pottery craft in the Cyclades. The first samples of pottery art date back to the early Cycladic period and this art continues until today. There are still many pottery workshops throughout Sifnos, continuing the ancestral traditions of the island, shaping objects of unique beauty and art. After the pottery workshop, you visit also a traditional crafts workshop where you will have the opportunity to browse through a gallery shop with hand crafted household linens and rugs produced by the family’s traditional loom.
Following your visit, you will board your coach for your return drive to the port of Kamares.
It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes.
A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final departure time will be announced on board.
Approximate length of excursion is four hours 15 minutes.