Serifos is located in the western Cyclades, has an area of 75.207 km2 and 1.414 inhabitants in 2001. This is the birthplace of Perseus who beheaded the legendary Medusa. Serifos is mentioned in the Odyssey as it is the home of the Cyclops and near the beach of Ganema one can still see remains of Cyclopean walls. The island "participated" in Alexander the Great's expedition in Asia as all swords were forged with iron that was mined from the area of Avessalos. Capital of the island is Chora, which clings above the port of Livadi and is built below the remains of a 15th century Venetian castle. Serifos is a paradise for those who enjoy walking for it is a rocky island and many places are accessible only by foot.
Worth visiting are Galani with its 10th century church, Kedarchos with the 17th century monastery and the beaches of Sykamia and Megalo Livadi. Most accommodation and night life is in Livadi.
The island has one port:
- Livadi, situated on the southeastern part of the island
(coordinates: 37°08'29.65" N - 24°31'07.93" E)
There are busses and taxis (Tel. 22810 51435 - 51245) connecting the port with the Capital Chora and most major settlements.
Serifos port authority tel. +30 22810 51470, Greek Tourist Police: +30 22890 22482 (in Mykonos)
Ferry from Piraeus to Serifos
- Conventional ferries: approximately 5 hours
- Hydrofoils approximately 2½ hours
There are four, so called, "ferry schedule seasons":
- Winter ferry season 1st of November until 31st of March.
- Spring ferry season 1st April - beginning of June.
- Summer ferry season beginning of June - mid September.
- Autumn ferry season rest of September - 31st of October.
Athens to Serifos ferry schedule frequency during summer
Morning: Daily 2 Hydrofoils and 1 conventional ferries 4 times a week.
Afternoon: 1 Hydrofoil 5 times a week and three times a week 1 conventional ferry.
Information concerning Athens ports serving routes to Serifos can be found further down.
Conventional car ferries
These vessels can be divided into two categories: the old ones and the modern ones.
The main differences between them are
- their cruising speed
- the quality of accommodation and services provided and
- the prices
They are usually very big vessels, which also carry vehicles. Their advantages compared to the High Speed vessels, like the catamarans, are that they are more seaworthy, offer more "relaxed" accommodation and cabins and the passengers have the possibility to sit outside and enjoy their cruise around the Greek islands.
Catamarans & Hydrofoils
These vessels are smaller and much faster than conventional ones. Only a few of them can carry vehicles. Their main advantage is that they go twice as fast.
Passengers are usually not allowed to sit outside even though there is some space on some of them. The accommodation inside is a little like a very wide airplane. The better the class, the wider the seat. There are no cabins.
Smoking is not allowed in any inside area of any ship.
- Piraeus (Athens main port) - click here for port information
- Cyclades - Andros, Folegandros, Ios, Kimolos, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, Sifnos, Sikinos, Syros, Tinos
Prices quoted below concern 2012, for the most popular routes, in economy class and are indicative. Same prices apply v.v. These prices are subject to change without prior notice.
|Athens - Serifos ferries||Ferry types|
|Piraeus - Serifos ferry||approx. 25 €/adult||approx. 43 €/adult|
|Serifos - Cyclades ferries|
|Serifos - Milos ferry||approx. 14 €/adult||between 16 and 18 €/adult|
|Serifos - Sifnos ferry||approx. 7 €/adult||approx. 15.00 €/adult|
*Note: Hydrofoils/Catamarans usually operate between May and October.