"Experience astonishing landscapes & panoramic sea views, rustic villages, volcanic formations, medieval castles, archeological sites, solitary bays…"
Join a small group of like-minded people, walk with us around the islands of Serifos, Sifnos & Milos and discover the “unknown” West Cyclades.
Serifos and Sifnos will impress you with their traditional villages of snow-white houses, churches with blue domes, Venetian castles, ancient ruins, inexhaustible variety of beautiful hiking trails which lead to tranquil sandy beaches, delicious local food and wine…
Volcanic Milos will enchant you with its diversity, coastal morphology and rare geological formations… with its 75 beaches, crystal, deep blue waters, picturesque harbors, colorful volcanic rocks, archeological sites, unique flora and endemic fauna…
Important areas of Sifnos, Serifos and Milos are integrated into the European Network of Natural Protected Areas “Natura 2000”. There are at least 19 important species of animals and plants, many of them rare and endemic to the area. Some 40 species of birds have been documented, with 16 of these considered as protected species. Milos is also known for its unique fauna with endemic species such as the Milos Wall lizard, the extremely rare Milos Grass Snake, Milos Green Lizard and Milos Viper, one of the most interesting and rare animals in Europe.
During our West Cyclades walking holiday, our guides will introduce to the local flora and fauna with presentations and observations, provide useful historical information… and of course introduce you to the local traditions (i.e. food, feasts “paniyiria”) and culture. For many of our guests this is the best aspect of the holiday!
Please have a look at our sample ‘West Cyclades walking holiday’ itinerary that will show you what you will experience while walking with us around the islands of Serifos, Sifnos & Milos:
Ferry to Sifnos, transfer to our guesthouse and supper at the picturesque main village, Apollonia.
During our walk you’ll enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the whole island and the surrounding islands of the Cyclades. The smell of herbs will accompany us and depending on the season you’ll be able to gather thyme, oregano, lavender, sage to name a few. Around April and May wild flowers including rare species are abound. We’ll end our day’s walk at the port of Kamares and its local tavern with a drink and a meze. (Walking time: 4,5 hours hours. Actual walking: 7 hours.)
Walking along the coast, you’re likely to spot on the way beautiful gulls and shags that hang around in these waters. More exciting sightings are possible during spring and autumn migration. In the evening we’ll explore the little village of Artemonas with its neoclassical mansions and enjoy another delicious supper. We’ll end the day with the most pleasant stroll through the picturesque villages of Artemonas, Ano Petali and finally Apollonia. (Walking time: 2,5 hours. Actual walking time: 4 hours.)
You can have lunch and swim at the bays’ secluded, turquoise waters. Our guide will be happy to take you snorkeling inside the bay and introduce you to the unique underwater biodiversity of the East Med. From Foikiada we will then walk towards another magnificent bay and beach; Platy Yalos. We will end the day with supper at one of our favourite local taverns. (Walking time: 2,5 hours. Actual walking time: 5 hours.)
We’ll continue our hike towards the magnificent monastery of Agios Νikolas T’Aerina, an ideal place to stop for a rest, a snack or to admire the view. Shortly we will arrive at the long beach of Vathy where you can swim and watch the colorful sunset. We’ll end the day at one of the island’s oldest taverns and enjoy local delicacies and traditional island music. (Walking time: 3,5 hours. Actual walking time: 5 hours.)
Our walk will continue towards the most famous beach of Milos, Sarakiniko, known for its lunar landscape as long horizontal volcanic rocks have been eroded by sea water and have turned bright white, a contrast with the turquoise blue of the sea. Our last stop is the picturesque little harbor of Mandrakia where you’ll enjoy a drink and a meze. Supper at the picturesque village of Plaka after visiting the castle and watching the most enchanting sunset from the village “balcony” offering great views of western Milos, Adamas Bay, and Antimilos.
We’ll reach Trypiti (“full of holes”), a quaint village, which took its name from the fact that it was built over the catacombs, an Early Christian cemetery, carved in soft volcanic tuff. In the 19th century, the first settlers built their houses a few meters from the walls of the ancient city of Milos, using materials from the walls and other buildings.
We’ll continue to visit the catacombs and the archaeological site of ancient Milos where the famous statue of the Aphrodite of Milos was found in 1820. After visiting the ancient theater we’ll walk through the ruins and wall of the ancient city towards the coast. What a perfect way to end the walking holiday! Farewell supper.
“I had an absolutely marvelous holiday, thank you! The walks were really amazing… great trails, interesting and entertaining info from Anna, really great company. I really appreciated the perfect mix between nature, culture, great food and moving between the different islands. I will definitely be coming back to Greece soon…”
“Loved every minute of our stay in Greece, our fantastic guide Annie contributed so much to making our trip very memorable. Annie saw to our every need – walks, food, drinks, swims. I will return.”
“Thank you so much for making this holiday a great experience for us. We enjoyed all those wonderful hikes and can appreciate the beauty of the islands – the restaurants were just lovely and the food delicious. You chose everything so well – and helped us to understand the food, environment and culture so much. Thank you again and we hope to be back.”
“The contrasts between the different islands in terms of landscapes, settlements and even food was something very unexpected that made this a memorable trip. Although the water was cool in April, swimming during a walk was very refreshing. Being in Greece for the Orthodox Easter was an added bonus... I feel sure I will be back to see other islands where Nofootprint runs walking tours.”