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Sikinos Beaches Greece Greek Holiday Destinations

The coastline of Sikinos is peppered with secluded bays and pretty coves, many of them only accessible on foot. You won't find all the tourist facilities and watersports to be had at the frantic main beach resort of neighbouring Ios.but that's part of the island's charm. You don't have to share a crowded bus to the beach with hordes of holidaymakers and no loud music blares for the benefit of gyrating beach babes. If you want something to do on one of the beaches of Sikinos you'd better take a book or your snorkelling gear.

The port of Alopronia is a small, sleepy harbour with an extended jetty and breakwater. A few cafes and tavernas dot the quayside and there's a long sandy beach, gently shelving into the water making it ideal for families. There's not much more going on here by day than the coming and goings of small fishing boats and the arrival and departure of ferries to and from the mainland and neighbouring islands. A lack of moorings means the luxury yachts which pass through on their journey through the islands rarely stop here for more than a few hours. Their passengers enjoy a spot of scuba diving or snorkelling in the island's rocky coves before sailing on to livelier destinations.

The merciful absence of mass tourism here has allowed an important ecosystem of flora and fauna to flourish undisturbed. The island's cliffs are home to wild Aegean pigeons and other seabirds and the crystal clear waters boast an abundance of marine life. Ask one of the islanders to direct you to the caves which house some marvellous stalagmites and stalactites.

Eat in one of the seafood tavernas of Alopronia and you'll be able to savour the freshest imaginable fish just plucked from the local waters lobster, red snapper and flatfish are all found in abundance here. From August till December you'll be able to see the locals fishing every night for squid using a special kind of bait called "kaftero".

Fishing, swimming and snorkelling are your only real watersports options on Sikinos which doesn't have the nautical and diving clubs of the more commercialised islands.

Water taxis, known as caiques, run up the coast from Alopronia in high season to the sandy beach at Agios Georgios which has a good quality taverna open during the daytime. A short walk beyond that to the north is Malta Beach which is the site of some ancient ruins.

You can walk to the beach at Agios Nikolaos to the north of the port or try Katergo, a short walk south of Alopronia where there are some interesting rocks to explore.

Set off on foot along the coastline and you'll find plenty of unspoilt coves where you can sit in solitude or dive off the rocks.