SIFNOS

Town & Country (UK) - - TRAVEL -

Sifnos is one of the lesser-known des­ti­na­tions in the Cy­clades but it is cer­tainly wor­thy of your at­ten­tion, es­pe­cially if you are a foodie. In fact, many of Greece’s no­table chefs hail from the is­land, such as the late Niko­laos Tse­le­mentes who most prob­a­bly cre­ated the mous­saka and pastit­sio we know and love to­day, by adding an inch of cream sauce and cheese to the orig­i­nal com­bi­na­tion of ground meat and veg­eta­bles or pasta. Daily life is sim­ple: wake to a glo­ri­ous or­ange sun­rise be­fore mak­ing your way down to the sea for a swim off the rocks then feast on thi­mari­sio, a fra­grant lamb stew, be­fore walk­ing it off along some of the most heav­enly trails in Greece. The buzzy town of Apol­lo­nia is fun for tasty mezze and, of course, ouzo, while the streets in beau­ti­ful Arte­monas are lined with grand old vil­las, abun­dant gar­dens and pas­try shops. Where to stay: Ve­rina As­tra (www.veri­na­ho­tel­sifnos.com).

be­low and left: aman­zoe in the pelo­pon­nese

be­low and right: chrysopigi monastery on sifnos. be­low right: a suite at ve­rina as­tra

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