Serifos Island

Sites & Villages

Although the island of Serifos occupies quite a small surface, there are plenty of churches, chapels and monasteries around the island, even at the most isolated spots, which show the great religious conviction of the inhabitants in the course of the centuries.

Starting our tour around the island, we set off from Hora, situated in the southeastern part of the island.

Serifos or Chora

It is the capital of the island, built amphitheatrically on the slope of an abrupt rock rising over the sea and dominating the island’s port, Livadi. This location is safe and inaccessible to pirate attacks.

Hora shares many features of an original Cycladic settlement, such as the all-white houses with flat roofs, the paved narrow streets, waps and whitewashed stairs, windmills, the courtyards full of flowers and arches. The dense and concentrated structure of the small houses is attributed to the attempts of the inhabitants to protect the village against the Pirates. The houses shape a perfect circle that surrounds the steep peak. A powerful castle dominates the peak of the rock, having 6 heavy gates (Lodges) with crenellations all around, which would be bolted every night. Finally, in 1210 the castle was ruined during a pirate attack, but the ruins are still there. This is where also lies the Church of Aghios Konstantinos, while on the ruins of the ancient temple of Athena is the chapel of Aghios Ioannis, Theologos, carved inside the rocks. Further down lies Pano Piatsa, which was an old trading center dating back to 1907.

At Aghios Athanasios square is situated the neoclassical building of the City Hall, which also roofs the island’s Archeological Collection, with many exhibits from the Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods.

Moreover, you shall not miss to pay a visit at the Folklore Museum in Kato Hora, with exhibits from the traditional everyday life of the local people.

In Hora you can visit many remarkable post-Byzantine churches such as that of Aghios Athanasios, with an amazing woodcut icon screen of the 18th century (and also serving as the cathedral of the island), as well as the churches of Evaggelismos, Aghios Eleftherios and Aghios Konstantinos at the Castle.

Hora has few accommodation alternatives, which however offer a magnificent view, and there are restaurants serving local specialties, bars but also frequent links to Livadi, from where you can get to most of the island’s beaches.


This settlement is the island’s port, located in the southeastern part of the island, well protected at the inside of the gulf. It is 5km away from Hora. Today, it is the most significant commercial and financial center of the island, with many taverns, restaurants, rooms to let, bank, offices of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, a post office, a gas station, hotels, companies offering car and motorbike rentals and easy access to the neighboring beaches of Lia, Kalo Ampeli, Aghios Sostis, Aghios Ioannis as well as Psili Ammos, Livadakia and Karavi. There is also the Livadi beach, which is the longest of all and has plenty of sea trees that stretch all along it and offers a wonderful shadow.

Livadakia is a relatively new settlement by the sea, presenting the greatest tourist development on the island. It is amphitheatrically built and is full of hotels and rooms to let, as well as the unique camping site on Serifos.

Ramos is also one of the settlements close to Livadi, with rapid development and many new buildings and easy access to the rural road.

Taxiarhon Monastery

In the northern part of the island, at 8km from Hora and near Galani village, lies the Monastery of Taxiarhes. It was founded around 1600 and even today the high surrounding wall reminds of the unconquerable castles of that time. It is dedicated to the patron saints of the islands, Archangels Michael and Gabriel, the icon of which has been transferred here from the Holy monastery of Cyprus.

During the 17th century, the monastery had acquired great wealth and fame, something that made it repeatedly a target for pirates’ raids and attacks. The high wall that surrounds it was built in order to protect the monastery against such attacks.

It is worth visiting the monastery and seeing the carved eagle that adorns the floor of the yard, the amazing icon screen as well as Alexandrian Epitaph. A few km further down is the beach of Platy Yalo {Long Beach], which contrary to its name is not that long.

Galani village is another traditional settlement, amphitheatrically built, extremely picturesque, with a unique panoramic view to the sea. The village has been named after the ancient mines of galena located at the nearby site of Moutoula.


A small settlement of around 150-200 inhabitants, located at the heart of the island and 4km away from Hora. Although situated away from the sea, the panoramic and remarkable view that it gives, as it is built on the slope of a hill, is really rewarding.

At the central square of this village lies the most significant of the island’s Byzantine churches, built in 950 AD in cruciform basilica style. Unfortunately only minor parts of the amazing mural paintings survive nowadays. The region also has other well-known churches, such as that of Aghios Stefanos and Panagia Skopiani, from where the view is breathtaking. Leaving Panagia and passing Galini village (at 1km), the road splits and the right turn leads us to the abandoned villages of Pyrgos and Kentarhos or Kallitos, while the left one drives us to Sykaimia. This is a characteristic picturesque fish village with an amazing beach.

Actually, Pyrgos village, deserted quite recently, was one of the oldest settlements on the island, after Hora. This depopulated village livens up every year with the celebrations on the 15th of August.

Megalo Livadi

During the years of exploitation of the island’s mineral resources, many working settlements were created and Megalo Livadi is the most important. It is located in the southeastern part of the island and is 13km away from Hora. It was founded in 1880 and has known great development and blossom up to 1963, when the mines closed down. Today, it is a picturesque small harbor with a beautiful beach, very few inhabitants, a private exhibition area of rocks and two local taverns, to remind that it was once the most important exporting port for minerals.

Actually it is the haven of Megalo Horio, which is 5km away and is built on the location of the island’s old capital city. The surrounding region and at a close distance from the village are the ruins of a characteristic tower from the Hellenistic period, called Lefkos Pyrgos or Aspropyrgos [White Tower]. In addition, at Kastro tis Grias site there are ruins and remains from walls and houses of another era. Moreover, to the south, we meet a location called the height of Cyclops, where lie the remains of another Hellenistic tower, called Psaropyrgos.

A short cut starting from Megalo Horio ends up to the southern side of the island, where we reach Koutalas bay.


It is a coastal settlement with very few inhabitants, in the SW side of the island and more or less 10 km away from Hora. Three amazing beaches surround the village. In the past it has been one of the most significant residential areas on the island, thanks to the operation of the mines.

On the western side of the settlement lies a cave that remains unexploited, despite the fact that is rich in stalagmites and stalactites. Most probably it has been used as a place of worship in the antiquity, while it was a chance discovery of the people working in the mines. It is not possible to pay it a visit, as the risk of landslides is still high.

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