Serifos Tourguide

Serifos, a quintessential Cycladic island, offers an ideal setting for serene vacations, characterized by tranquil harbors, picturesque white villages, and golden sandy beaches, all framed by steep rocky cliffs and barren hills. Positioned between Kythnos and Sifnos, Serifos has preserved its traditional island charm amidst moderate tourism growth. According to mythology, Perseus arrived on Serifos’ coast with his mother, Danae, imprisoned in a chest. To punish the king of Serifos, Polydefkis, Perseus slew the Gorgon Medusa and presented the severed head, turning Polydefkis into stone.

The island boasts valuable mineral resources, which fueled its prosperity, particularly after the 6th century BC. Throughout history, Serifos has witnessed various conquests, including battles against the Persians during the Medic Wars, occupation by the Macedonians, Ptolemies, and Romans, and periods of rule by Venetians, Turks, and Russians. Following Greece’s independence in 1821, Serifos was liberated along with the rest of the Cyclades. Spanning 75 square kilometers with 82 kilometers of coastline, Serifos is home to a population of 1,420.