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Sifnos Accommodation Greece Greek Hotels

Sifnos has a good range of holiday accommodation to suit most tastes and budgets. There are A category hotels, self catering apartments, cheap and cheerful pensions and two camp sites. Book well in advance if you're travelling in high season and don't expect the usual clamour of domatia owners to greet you at the ferry port as they do on the more commercialised islands. If you arrive without a hotel reservation, pop along to the Aegean Thesaurus Travel Agency on the waterfront where the English speaking staff will be able to advise you of any rooms available.

The greatest concentration of hotels and rooms to let is in Kamares but this isn't the most attractive place to stay on the island. The pretty capital of Apollonia is a good base for exploring Sifnos or book a room in Kastro on the east coast if you want to soak up the medieval character of this delightful fortified town perched on the cliff top.

The main beach resort of Platys Yialos is awash with hotels, apartments and rooms to let and cheaper options are available at Faros, north east along the coast. Holiday accommodation is also starting to spring up at Vathy, one of the island's most beautiful bays which could only be accessed by boat or on foot until a road was built in 1997.

One of the best places to stay in Kamares is Hotel Boulis, about 300 metres from the ferry pier opposite the excellent Boulis Taverna (which is under the same management). The hotel is right on the port beach and offers spacious, carpeted rooms with private balconies (most with sea views).

The newly refurbished A category Delfini Hotel occupies a beautiful location, a short walk from the sandy beach between Kamares and Agia Marina. The hotel has wonderful views of the bay and offers top class facilities include a swimming pool and jacuzzi. The furnishings include beds of burnished iron and traditional wooden furniture.

Hotel Stavros on the waterfront is one of the best options among the reasonably priced middle market hotels. There are also plenty of basic but clean and comfortable rooms to let in Kamares, many with private bathrooms.

The Makis campsite, just behind beach 600 metres north of port, offers shaded pitches, an outdoor café and barbecue area, laundry, baths and showers.

In Apollonia you'll find rooms to let scattered around the village and several good quality hotels to choose from. But be prepared for late night noise if you stay anywhere near the town centre during July and August.

Hotel Sifnos on the main pedestrian street is one of the most upmarket hotels in the capital. It has an excellent restaurant which the locals flock to on Sundays for the Sifniot specialty "revithia" a chickpea stew baked overnight with olive oil and lemon.

Recently built Hotel Petali is in a lovely quiet location about 200 metres up the narrow pedestrian street leading from Apollonia to Artemonas (help with luggage is available on request). The hotel has whitewashed rooms and bougainvillea clad terraces from which you can see the hills of Sifnos and the neighbouring islands of Paros, Antiparos and Serifos.

Kastro has various rooms to let and self catering apartments, some with wonderful views of the Aegean.

Without doubt the most luxurious place to bed down for the night is Hotel Platys Yialos at the main tourist beach in the south east corner of the island. The hotel overlooks the beach on the west side of the cove and has some lovely bedrooms with views of the sea and hotel gardens. Guests have access to a flagstone sun deck which extends from the beach to a dive platform at the end of the cove.

Backpackers and budget travellers head for Camping Platys Yialos, situated in an olive grove about 700 metres back from the beach. Be warned that the ground is stony and there's not much shade.