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Serifos Beaches Greece Greek Holiday Destinations

Serifos offers a wonderful selection of beaches to choose from along its 70 kilometres of coastline. There are long stretches of golden sand with tavernas and other tourist facilities and tiny hidden coves where you can bare all and camp out for the night without too much fear of upsetting the locals.

The port of Livadi is the busiest place on the island but it's not the best place to spend a day on the beach. The harbourside is flanked by bars and cafes and the long horseshoe shaped bay is a constant hive of activity with ferries docking and departing and island hopping yachties coming ashore in their dinghies. The sand is hard packed and the water tends to be muddy, full of seaweed and prone to jellyfish. Enjoy lunch here in one of the waterfront tavernas but for swimming, sunbathing and watersports you'll be better off at popular Livadakia Beach 700 metres south along the coast.

Reach it by turning left up the main street in Livadi or climb over the headland which rises from the ferry port. Livadakia is a huge sandy beach fringed with tamarisk trees and well served with bars, tavernas and various watersports. Coralli Camping, 20 metres back from the beach, has a lively daytime and night scene centred around the buzzing Heaven Pool Bar.

The beach gets quite busy in high season so if it's peace and quiet you're after (and the chance to cast off your swimming costume) walk another five minutes or so south over the headland to Karavi Beach. There are no tourist facilities here but nudism is allowed.

Take a short walk down the hill from Hora, the island capital five kilometres north of Livadi, and you'll find the tiny pebbled beach of Seralia which has some excellent fresh fish tavernas.

One of the island's best beaches is Psili Ammos (meaning soft, fine sand in Greek). It's about one hour's walk north of Livadi or you can reach it by moped along a bumpy track. It's a magnificent, sheltered beach with beautiful sand, deep clear water and a couple of good tavernas which tend to get very crowded in the summer months. Naturists head about 10 minutes further north along the coast across the headland to Ayios Ioannis. There are no tourist facilities here and the beach is quite exposed to the high winds which tend to whip up at a moment's notice.

Between Psili Ammos and Livadi there are a couple of sandy coves including Ayios Sostis where there's a fresh water well. Water taxis run from the port to these east coast beaches and some nearby caves during high season.

The north of the island is peppered with unnamed beaches, most of which can only be accessed on foot or with a moped down dirt tracks.

Platys Yialos is in a sheltered cove at the north eastern tip of Serifos near the 15th century Moni Taxiarchon monastery. You can reach it on a moped or motorbike via a partly paved track. The neighbouring beach has a taverna and some basic rooms to let.

In the north west corner of the island there's Sykaminia Beach but there are no facilities here and it's often battered by high winds.

Megalo Livadi is a remote and quiet beach eight kilometres south west of Hora. There are a couple of good tavernas here with tables right beside the beach. Koutalas and Ganema beaches are at opposite ends of a horseshoe shaped bay on the south coast of the island. Both have tavernas which cater largely for the yacht crews who anchor up nearby.