Sikinos lies between
Ios and Folegandros (Pholegandros). It has a land mass of 41 sq. km. and 41 km. of coast
line. Its population is 300. It's a mountainous island about 110 km from
Piraeus. You can stand on the western shore of Ios and see Sikinos.
Sikinos is a non-touristy island and an ideal spot for serenity.
It has quiet beaches and little night life. The island is rated an "Ecosystem of European Importance" because of the wild pigeons, black-headed hawks, sea birds, monk seals, cat vipers, sand snakes and other animals.
Wheat is grown here. Vines grow is the terraced valleys and there is fishing along the coast.
This is a nice choice for a day trip from Ios or Folegandros, especially if you are in need of a rest after the night life in the more touristy spots.
Ferries dock at Alopronia (or Skala), where there's a sandy beach and shallow seas perfect for chlldren. There are a few tavernas and cafes here and a fairly new hotel. Most accomodations are in Alopronia. Beaches at Katergo and Agios Nikolaos are both within easy walking distance of Alopronia.
Take the bus, or enjoy an hour's walk, to the Hora. The capital is one of the Cyclades most authentic villages. Above the village is the 18th Century ruined Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi, which is fortified against pirate attack. There are icons by Skordilis in the cathedral.
It's only a few minutes walk up the next hill to the Kastro. It has the typical labyrinthine lanes. There are ruins of windmills. The houses have tiny rooms. There's a private folk museum open in July and August during the afternoons. The Kastro has a few impressive mansions, too.
A paved road takes you from Hora past ruined Cyclopean walls and Mini Episkopi. The Moni was originally a mousoleum, in the 3rd Century, later a Byzantine church, and finally the 17th Century Moni you see today. The view from the precipice to the south is spectacular.
Walk a rough path northeast to find the remains of a fortress at Paliokastro. There's a good sandy beach near there at Malta. Tracks leading off from this path take yu to sandy beaches at Ag. Georgios and Ag. Nikolaos. There's water taxi service to both beaches in summer, and a taverna at Ag. Georgios.
Drinking and Dining
Try the local wine, if it's still available. There are tavernas and cafes with traditional fare.
Sikinos is named after the child of the banished Limnian Thoas, who was set adrift in a tea chest. He was rescued by a local nymph.
In ancient times, Sikinos was called Oenoe, which means "wine island." The local wine is still known for its punch.
There are traces on the island of both Ionian and Dorian colonisers. It's been ruled by Macedonians, Egyptians, and Romans. The Romans banished people here. The Turks took it over in the 17th Century.