Interesting facts about Serifos

The island that has forever stolen my heart ♥️ yours too? In case you’re looking for more reasons to visit Serifos...

Stefanos Addimando

, Greece

1. History

A big part of Serifos’s history is tied to its iron ore mines. They first operated during the 6th century BC, when the island’s economy flourished. At that time, Serifos was part of the Athenian Alliance, something like the NATO of Ancient Greece. 🔨

2. Beaches

It is said that the island is blessed with 72 beaches, though the locals say that there are many more. If you look at the map, you will notice that the island has many coves and secluded beaches, most of them inaccessible by land. 🏝

3. Nature

The southern part of the island is part of the Natura 2000 European programme for the protection of nature. 🌞

4. Pirate

In 1539, the Turkish (of Greek roots) pirate Hayreddin Barbarossa raided the Cyclades, including Serifos. The Chora of Serifos is built amphitheatrically and strategically on top of a hill, overlooking the Aegean Sea. 🏴‍☠️

5. Secret spot

In the iron ore mines at Mega Livadi, there’s a quarry tunnel that leads to a secret, secluded beach. You have to walk in it for around 20 minutes in pitch black darkness! Never try it without a local, though. 🪨 💡