Best Things to Do in Sikinos Greece in 2024

Sikinos flies under the radar compared to its popular neighbors like Santorini, Milos, Paros, and Folegandros. Despite being surrounded by the buzz, Sikinos offers a chill vibe and fewer crowds, making it perfect for those seeking a laid-back Greek island experience. At least this is what I always enjoy, whenever I visit Sikinos, the old authentic Greece which I feel is evaporating island by island.

If you decide to visit Sikinos, you, its 260 permanent residents, and perhaps Tom Hanks, the actor, if he is visiting his house on the island, you will enjoy a unique Cycladic atmosphere.

Evgenia owner of Travel the Greek Way in Sikinos Greece.
During my first visit to Sikinos

No need to keep you waiting! Here are the coolest things to do in Sikinos, Greece:

  • Dive into its beaches with clear crystal blue waters.
  • Walk impressive ancient hiking trails all over Sikinos.
  • Visit 60 remote chapels and monasteries with stunning sea views.
  • Food tasting in authentic Greek taverns with the best Greek salad and the local capers.
  • Wine tasting with sunset at the single but with a magnificent view, winery.
  • and.. dance at the single after-hours bar in Chora!

If you are planning a trip to Greece right now, I hope I will persuade you to visit this gorgeous, quiet island!

Beauty and Simplicity. Credit: Anastasia Kipourou

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Best Things to Do in Sikinos

1. Explore Alopronia, Sikinos Tiny Port

Alopronia port and beach

If you are visiting Sikinos from cosmopolitan Santorini or lively Ios, you might find the quietness of Sikinos a bit eerie at first. But maybe this is what we all need to find inner peace and relax from life’s stress. The ferries arrive at Alopronia, Sikinos’ single port, one of the three settlements in Sikinos, and the most popular and sandy beach.

Vrahakia Beach

At the port, you can go to the 3 to 4 traditional taverns working around the coast. Try the Greek salad with the soft sour local cheese and taste a caper pie, if there is one on the menu, you will thank me. On the other side of the port, there is a small hidden and mostly quiet beach, especially in the mornings called the Rockies (Vrahakia) by the adult locals.

Alopronia is a convenient base to stay as most of the hotels/rooms and supermarkets are around the beautiful small, sandy bay. From here you can take the bus to Chora or the small boats to get to more remote areas of Sikinos.

Where to Stay in Alopronia

Maistrali in Alopronia

Porto Sikinos Hotel (mid-range, family-friendly, with breakfast): the hotel is very conveniently located on the main port, you can walk from the ferry to the hotel. The beach is one minute and the bus to Sikinos Chora is 5 minutes.

Maistrali (budget, family-friendly, self-catering): Maistrali is so close to the water, that you can hear the waves if you leave the balcony doors open at night. A fab low-cost property, 4 minutes walk from the beach. Check availability and prices on Booking.

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Stroll Beautiful Sikinos Greece Chora

Chora Sikinos. Credit: Anastasia Kipourou

One of the best things to do on Sikinos Island is to visit its main settlement, Chora. Chora is 3,5 km from Alopronia, built at 280 meters in height. Chora is – actually – two villages Kastro and Chorio, which are spread on two opposite mountain slopes. On the left, the Chorio is a beautiful maze of whitewashed houses and prickly pears, and on the right Kastro, is the fortified settlement of the 15th-century Sikinos.

Stroll to the picturesque main square in Chora where the Folklore Museum and the old School are located. Right across the Old School, built by Greek benefactor Andreas Syggros, you will find the modern school with just 17 pupils, the children of Sikinos. The main church of Chora is Panagia Pantanassa, a basilica with a blue dome, a usual characteristic of Cycladic churches.

If you take the slightly uphill cobblestone path to the north of Kastro and past an old windmill, you will get to the impressive Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi (or Chrisopigi), built in 1690.

Whitewashed Monastery Zoodochos Pigi in a sunny day. Sikinos Greece.

The monastery (nunnery) has a fortification because this is where the residents were hiding from the pirates’ raids for centuries. It has a spectacular view and is best visited at sunset. Currently, just one nun, young Sister Dorothea, lives here, taking care of the Monastery and its exhibits. If you would like to visit call at +30 69 75 743928 or email: (Please try to dress modestly inside the monastery).

Below the Monastery, is another small chapel, Panagia Pantochara, built by the Nobel prize-awarded Greek poet Odysseas Elytis, though he never got around to visiting it.

Whitewashed Panagia Pantohara Chapel  in a sunny day. Sikinos Greece.
Panagia Pantohara Chapel – Photo Michani you Xronou

Elytis loved the island and believed Sikinos to be an eternal symbol of Greece’s essence, the perfect mix of the Greek glorious archaeological past with the Christian element through purity and transparency.

Where Best to Stay in Sikinos Chora

Sikinos Elegant Studio terrace with a view from the balcony with a table and two chairs to whitewashed houses. Sikinos Greece.
Sikinos Elegant Studio

Sikinos Elegant Studio(mid-range): A relatively new studio, located in Chora of Sikinos with beautiful views and treats from the hosts including transport from and to the port, local bread products, and Nespresso capsules. Check availability and prices on Booking.

Traditional Apartment in Kastro with a table and two chairs on the balcony with view to whitewashed houses. Sikinos Greece.
Traditional Apartment in Kastro

Traditional Apartment In Kastro (budget): Located in Kastro, beautifully decorated rooms, with all necessary kitchen utensils and freebies like welcome fruit, bread, and some coffee capsules. Check availability and prices on Booking.

Best Things to Do in Sikinos Greece: Hike to the Episkopi

The Greek Ministry of Culture in the event for Episkopi and many people. Sikinos Greece
The Greek Ministry of Culture in the event for Episkopi

Within a one-hour walking distance from Chora Sikinos, you reach the ancient settlement of Episkopi. The residents have been fighting for years to save the ancient site. Their efforts resulted in a grand opening of Episkopi again on September 4th, 2022. After 60 years there was also a service held.

The hike to Episkopi is stunning as you pass by local farms using the specific farming method of steps (agriolithies).

Agriolithies farming taken from a drone.
Agriolithies farming

The monastery was built on the site of a 3rd-century BC Roman Mausoleum, an Ionic Temple with Doric columns (an intact tomb containing a noblewoman named Neiko was found in 2017 with all her burial jewelry and precious objects). The Mausoleum was converted into a Byzantine Church during the 5th century AD.

Agia Marina Chapel Views at evening with a view to the sea.
Agia Marina Chapel Views – Photo by Vasilis Spiliotopoulos

If you continue walking well a half an hour or so, you will get to the church and the Archaeological site of Agia Marina with ruins from the Hellenistic and Roman periods and a splendid view.

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Explore the (few) Sikinos Beaches

Agios Georgios Beach. Credit: Anastasia Kipourou

Sikinos doesn’t have a massive variety of beaches like Milos, Mykonos, or Paros. There are only three beaches that are directly accessible by car, all with crystal clear sea and usually very few people: Alopronia(the port), Dialiskari, and Agios Georgios.

Agios Georgios Beach is 5 km from Chora Sikinos with municipal umbrellas (free of charge), a golden sandy beach with a nearby tavern serving fresh fish.

A dirt road in good condition leads to Dialiskari Beach, a small, pebbly beach, 2 km from Sikinos port, with free-of-charge umbrellas. There is no tavern or canteen so you better have lots of water and snacks with you.

A beach with 2 yachts in a sunny day.
Sikinos Beaches

If you would like to explore the other beaches (Agios Panteleimonas, Santorinaiika, Malta, and Ai Giannis) you have either to hike there or take the small boat that departs from Alopronia. Necessary supplies to survive the remote, shade-less beaches, are a beach umbrella, a lot of water, and snacks like fruit.

Discover the Black Cave

Sikinos is also home to an impressive cave, which is among the most extensive caves in the Cyclades. The Black Cave (Mavri Spilia) is located straight beneath the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi; however, you can only access it by boat.

Wine Tasting at Sikinos Manalis Winery

Best Things to Do on Sikinos Island 0manalis winer

George Manalis, the owner of the single winery on Sikinos, is one of the top three best things to do on Sikinos Island. The winery can be found at an organic vineyard in the steep northwestern part of the island 2,5 km outside Chora.

A winery at sunset with many people dinning at sunset.
The Winery at Sunset – Photo We love 2 travel

The winery operates with renewable energy sources and produces four delicious wines from very old Greek varieties: “En Lefko”, “En Thermo”, “Manalis Rose” and “Liosato”, operates a restaurant, wine tasting, and hosts exhibitions (weddings and yoga classes) on one of the most beautiful terraces of the Cyclades. The terrace overlooks the endless vistas of the Archipelago to Folegandros and Ios.

Hike the Ancient Trails of Sikinos

Hiking signs in Sikinos Island.
Sikinos Trails, Photo Tasos Tsoukalas

If you love hiking, Sikinos is a hiker’s paradise, with remnants of ancient settlements, distant beaches, inaccessible caves, and trails that reach the edge of high cliffs. As you walk, thyme and wild oregano aromas accompany you and bring you to gorges, Byzantine chapels, traces of ancient settlements, and remote beaches.

From easy hikes, like the one that connects Chora with Alopronia, to demanding ones like the circular Castle-Pigadi Manali-Agios Panteleimonas-Alopronia-Castle, you will love hiking Sikinos.

Attend the Famous Sikinos Panigiria

Procession of Icon on Sikinos Island and many people in a sunny day.
Procession of Icon in November

The best time to go to Sikinos is at one of the Panigiria (local feasts organized by the churches). There will be some eulogy from the priest and then the music will start accompanied by a lot of good food and wine for everyone present. Food such as fava keftedes, giant beans, string beans, fish and seafood, chickpeas, Sikinioti wine, and local meat.

Six women preparing local food in Sikinos Island.
Preparation of the food by the locals

The dates for Panigiria in Sikinos are:

May 5th, July 1st & 27th, August 6th & 15th, September 8th &14th, and November 21st.

Perhaps you can arrange your visit to Sikinos to coincide with one or two of the panigiria.

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Taverns on Sikinos

Kapari tavern with tables and chairs with view to whitewashed houses in Sikinos Island.
Kapari Tavern

If you would like to experience traditional Greek food there are a couple of choices in Chora and at the port.

Chora Taverns:

  • Kapari tavern with traditional Cycladic dishes, Aegean Cuisine network, serves appetizers of all kinds and dishes with capers as the main ingredient, such as octopus stew with capers, baked sardines with mustard and capers but also pork fillets with herb sauce and capers
  • Steki tou Garbi, for amazing souvlaki
  • Klimataria, for local traditional dishes and classic Greek dishes like gemista (stuffed tomatoes)
Cafe Soulatso with people having their coffee on Sikinos island.
Soulatso cafe in Chora

For coffee, snacks, and local sweets go to Soulatso, and for beers to Anemelo.

I love the tiny bar ‘Kastro’ and a few meters further downhill you can go to the only after bar of Sikinos ‘Themonies’ with disco balls and current hits.

Island Hopping from Sikinos

Sikinos Whitewashed church

Sikinos is directly connected with the following islands:

Folegandros, Ios, Naxos, Kimolos, Milos, Santorini, Paros, Syros, Anafi, Kea, Kythnos, Sifnos. You can check timetables and book your seat at FerryScanner.

How to Get to Sikinos

Piraeus – Sikinos: The ferry connection runs at least 3 times a week. The duration of the trip from Piraeus to Sikinos is about 10.5 hours.
Lavrio – Sikinos: The route runs at least once a week and the trip lasts around 11 hours.

Check timetables and prices at FerryScanner.

How to Get Around Sikinos

There is a local bus that connects Alopronia with Sikinos Chora and Episkopi (their number is +30 22860 51232 & +30 6937 865 866). There is also a single taxi on the island. Contact him at +30 6937 865866, +30 697 623 3022, or +30 22860 51111.

If you rent a car (which I don’t think is needed on Sikinos), the roads may be a bit narrow for what you are used to. You need to be careful especially if you are driving at night.

General Info on Sikinos

  • When it gets windy (June – August meltemia), it just won’t stop. It can also get a bit chilly in the evening
  • If you go hiking in summer, you can get very easily heat stroke, so you either hike very early in the morning or late evening with a local guide and flashlights. For more info on travel dangers and precautions in Greece, read hiking safely in Greece
  • For Solo Female Travelers: Greece is a perfectly safe country for everyone regardless of age, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation. In addition to that, Greek people are gene-programmed to be hospitable and are always eager to offer directions to your destination or any other advice, so ask freely
  • Seek out the local shops for Sikino’s excellent local thyme honey and capers
  • There is a small Medical Center in Chora. +30 22860 51211

Best Things to Do on Sikinos Island

  • Explore Alopronia, Sikinos Tiny Port
  • Stroll Beautiful Sikinos Chora
  • Panagia Pantanassa and Panagia Pantochara churches
  • Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi (or Chrisopigi)
  • Ancient Episkopi Temple
  • The archaeological site of Agia Marina
  • Beaches: Agios Georgios, Alopronia (the port) and Dialiskari
  • Large Black Cave or Mavri Spilia
  • Wine Tasting at Sikinos Manalis Winery
  • Hike the Ancient Trails of Sikinos
  • Famous Sikinos Panigiria
  • Sikinos Local Cuisine

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An extraordinary view from Athens Plaka and Acropolis Hill.
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How to Get to Athens Port(Piraeus) from Athens Airport

Bus X96 Peiraias Port to Athens Airport
Airport Bus
  • Bus: If you are arriving at Athens International Airport you can travel straight to the port by taking the X96 express bus (€5.5, children <6 yo, free entrance), which departs every 40 minutes and the average trip lasts 1 hour – runs 24/7.
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Where is your dream summer destination? Would you go to Sikinos Greece?

I’d love to hear about where you’re spending your vacation this year, especially if you have any exciting travel plans! There are so many things to do in Sikinos. I hope that you get the chance to try as many as possible. Till next time, Evgenia❤️

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