In May they whitewash in Serifos. The white houses must glow in the Cycladic sun and the island gets busy every year at this time. The island is one of the perfect places to isolate and avoid the crowds, as it has around 70 beaches, while the northern side is unused. There are plenty of walks you can do on foot following the trails. You will encounter crowds in Chora, which is built high up overlooking the other large settlement, Livadi, where the port is located. But a little “life” and bustle never hurt anyone (on their holidays).
We are not talking about one or two beaches, but 70.So on an island like this, your first job is to go to as many as you can.Serifos has beaches for all tastes, but most of them are fine sand and quite exposed to the sun, without much shade.
What’s the best way to experience the lacy shores of Serifos? By sea. This will give you the opportunity to dive on beaches that are otherwise difficult to access and require either rough paths or bad dirt roads. In Livadi, you’ll find many companies that rent boats that don’t require a license. Alternatively, again from Livadi, tour boats organize one-day trips in which they circumnavigate the island with stops at the best beaches.
Serifos owes its long mining history to its rich subsoil, especially in the southwestern part of the island. From the 1860s until the mid-1960s the large iron deposits between Koutalas and Megalo Livadi would attract investors and hundreds of workers. It was here, after all, that one of the first strikes in Greece occurred in 1916. Driving towards Megalo Livadi you will see scattered remnants of this important history, from railway sections to wagons and loading ladders. At Megalo Livadi you’ll also see a monument dedicated to the dead workers of the 1916 strike.