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Serifos is a small circular island, about 10 kilometres in diameter, with a limited road network and little in the way of public transport. If you're staying in Livadi the best beaches are within walking distance to the north and south of the port. A regular bus service connects the port and the hill top capital of Hora during the summer months but grinds to a halt out of season.

If you want to explore the whole of the island and you're not a keen hiker, you'll need to hire a car or better still a moped. With a motorbike or moped you'll be able to reach otherwise inaccessible parts of the island via partly paved tracks.

Check that your travel insurance covers you for motorbike accidents because many policies don't. And remember that wearing a helmet is compulsory in Greece if you're riding anything over 49 cc although you wouldn't think so to look at many of the local motorcyclists. In any event, it's a sensible precaution because there have been numerous cases of inexperienced foreigners ending up in hospital after coming a cropper on the hazardous roads of the Greek islands.

Car and mopeds are available for hire from Krinas Travel in Livadi (50 metres from the quay next to Captain Hook Bar) and from Blue Bird Travel next to the petrol station on the main street through the port.

Dazzling whitewashed Hora should be your first stop, five kilometres up the hill from Livadi. It's one of the most dramatic towns in the whole of the Cyclades a delightful concoction of white sugar cube houses, windmills and chapels dotted along narrow, twisting streets. The town affords magnificent views of the island and is crowned by the ruins of a 15th century Venetian fortress.

From there you can take the road north to the inland settlement of Panagia well worth visiting on August 16th when the 10th century church, which is normally locked up, becomes the centre of much feasting and merrymaking in celebration of its patron saint. Travel on to Galani where it's sometimes possible to have a simple meal and some locally produced wine in the village store.

Just to the north east of Galani you'll find the fortified Moni Taxiarchon (Monastery of the Archangel) built in 1500. The monastery is cared for by one live in monk who'll be able to show you its impressive 18th century frescoes and other treasures including a bishop's throne inlaid with marble, Egyptian lamps and Russian relics.

Take the partly paved roads to Platys Yialos beach in the north east corner of the island or windswept Sykaminia in the north west.

The road south west from Hora leads to the unspoilt fishing village of Megalo Livadi where you'll find a sandy bay and a couple of tavernas but little else. Take the road back to Livadi via the sleepy fishing ports of Koutalas and Ganema.

If you hire a moped you'll be able to reach one of the best beaches on the island, Psili Ammos, via a bumpy track leading north from Livadi. Otherwise it's a hard trek of about an hour.