Serifos sailing holidays
The island Serifos - Seriphos - Σέριφος, north-west of Sifnos, is a bare and rocky island, its hills slashed by gorges; its highest point is Mount Tourlos with 483 m.
The island's main sources of income are its modest agriculture and its open-cast iron mines, which have been worked since ancient times. The ore used to be shipped from Koutalas on the south coast, where there is now room to anchor (magnetic anomalies were reported due to the remaining ore, but we ourselves have never experienced any inconsistencies?).
In the island's capital Serifos or Chora, above the natural harbour of Livadi, are the ruins of a Venetian castle (spectacular views).
In the north of the island is the fortified Monastery of the Taxiarches (dedicated to the Archangels Michael and Gabriel and was built in 1572) with a fine library. North-west of the monastery lies the pretty village of Panayia, with the church of Xilo Panayia (950).
Psili Ammou (Psili Ammos means “fine sand”) bay offers the best beach on the island.
Koutala or Koutalas bay: to avoid the chains on the seabed near the west chuch (Ay Theodoroi) drop the anchor close to the middle (just south of the other church; Ay Eirini).
Psarometochi (Kykamia) bay on the NW of Serifos is especially useful in southerlies and also good for spear fishing. Mind the dangerous reef on the approach from the north.
Livadi bay has a lot of options for anchoring, however here it is more prudent to use the “marina” due to the possible violent katabatic winds from the north. Besides the must-see Chora soaring above bay, the marina – even if unfinished – provides a safe stopover on route to the beautiful island of Sifnos and Milos. But first there is a lovely hiking route up to the top of the Chora.
Megalo Livadi bay on the east is a deep and useful inlet featuring an important monument that reminds us that here in 1916 one of the first strikes ever in Greeks history resulted in the deaths of four miners.
History of Serifos
Originally settled by Ionian Greeks, the island shared the fortunes of the other Cyclades. In Greek mythology it was the island where Danaë and the young Perseus were washed ashore.