The island of Serifos is located on the western side of the Cyclades. If you would like to hike and enjoy the sea in a fairly calm environment, this place is a great choice. There is a unique attraction here: an old iron mine that was operating until 1964 since ancient times with shorter and longer breaks. Leaving from the island, you can explore most of the Cyclades.
You can read in this article about the following topics :
- The weather of Serifos
- Ports around Serifos
- Sail in Serifos!Serifos sailing itineraries
- Sailing in Serifos: 1-week sailing plan
- 7 Days Serifos sailing tour
- Marine gas near Serifos, boat gas station in the Cyclades
The weather in Serifos is basically the same as that of the other members of the Cyclades. The warmest and driest period is in July and August. During this time, there is practically no precipitation, and the average daily temperature is above 24 degrees Celsius. The temperature of the sea is also 24 degrees, making it perfect for swimming and diving. The summer wind Meltemi and the winter Sirocco are strongly present on the island. If you prefer less windy beaches, we recommend the ones located in the southeast Check the sailing conditions and wind rose diagram of Serifos.
Mérikha Marina, Kithnos
This tiny marina can accommodate about 30 yachts up to 60 meters long and has a water depth of 8 meters. Local hotels, restaurants, and lively nightlife areas are in the immediate vicinity.
Ermoupolis Marina, Siros
Yachts up to 60 metres long can moor in the main marina of the tiny island of Siros. The water depth here is 9 metres. There are plenty of services available, including boat service and refuelling. Information about sailing in Syros, or rent a boat in Syros
Naxos Marina, Naxos
Yachts up to 20 metres in length and a number of 70 may berth in this marina. The maximum dive is 5 metres. In addition to the boat service, you can find the usual basic services in the marinas here. Information about sailing in Naxos, or rent a boat in Naxos
Paroikia Marina, Paros
The most popular marina is in Paros. It can accommodate yachts up to 60 metres. They also offer refuelling, boat service and electricity. The city’s sights, the best hotels, and apartments, as well as great taverns and bars, await visitors near the marina. The depth of the marina is 3.5 metres. Information about sailing in Paros, or Paros rent a boat
Apollonia Marina, Naxos
It is a larger marina on the northeast coast of Naxos, in the town of the same name. It can accommodate boats up to 60 metres in length and a draft of 4 metres. The marina offers basic services. There are also some restaurants and bars.
Karavostasi Marina, Ios
It is a medium-sized marina on the island of Ios. It can accommodate boats up to 60 metres in length. The depth of the seabed is 4 metres. There are many services available such as a water tank refill, and you can find restaurants nearby.
Adamas Marina, Milos
The Adhamas Marina can accommodate 50 boats up to 50 metres in length. The depth of the seabed is 5 metres. The offered services include bars, restaurants, boat maintenance service, and water tank refills. Information about sailing in Milos, or Milos boat rental.
Santorini’s largest port is Athinios, located on the western side of the island. Locals also refer to it as New Port or Thira Port. It can accommodate hundreds of yachts. It is very well-equipped. There are drinking water, electricity and a refuelling station. The port is very busy, especially in the high season.
This is the old port, located near the town of Fira, the tourist centre of Santorini. It is small in size, so larger boats cannot berth here. The passengers of such boats are transported to the mainland by water taxi. You can reach the town climbing 600 steps of stairs. You can go on foot, with a cable car or on the back of a donkey. If you get hungry, there are restaurants and taverns in the port. You can buy souvenirs and local delicacies in the smaller shops.
The picturesque Ammoudi is on the north-western coast of Santorini, next to Oia. It is only 13 km from Firas. The small port can accommodate yachts up to 20 metres in length. There are traditional fish taverns on the beach where you can try fresh seafood dishes and local delicacies as well.
The recently opened Vlychada is the most protected port on Santorini. It can accommodate boats up to 25 metres in length. The depth of the seabed is 4 metres. There are drinking water, electricity and a refuelling station. In addition, there are bars and restaurants along the coast. Information about sailing in Santorini, or yacht charter in Santorini
We are going to show you a shorter, 7-day-long trip, during which you can visit a large part of the southwestern islands of the Cyclades. You can return your boat in the port of Thira, Santorini.
Day 1: Serifos – Sifnos
22.14 km (13.76 mi)
Head towards the southwest, to the island of Sifnos! Here you can admire beautiful olive trees and almond fields. The symbol of the island is the Church of the Seven Martyrs, seen on a tiny peninsula-like extension of the east coast. Its beautiful whitewashed walls, sky-blue dome, and Cycladic architectural style are worth a look. In addition to the iconic church, the island hides many monasteries and museums. The most significant of these is the monastery of Chrissopighi.
Day 2: Sifnos – Milos
42.57 km (26.45 mi)
Your next stop should be Milos, which is famous for its amazing beaches. On this beautiful volcanic island, you can enjoy nature and the atmosphere of ancient monuments, away from the crowds. In Adamas, the Agia Triada Church has a museum. The Mining Museum showcases minerals and the mining past of the island. The most important landmarks are the early Christian catacombs from the time of the Roman Empire. There is an ancient theatre nearby, where locals still hold events and theatre performances to this day. Read more about what to do in Milos or Milos sailing. Check our boats: Milos boat rental
Day 3: Milos – Folegandros
61.81 km (38.41 mi)
Next, you should head towards Folegandros in the east! Sail around the island and visit all five beaches! On the way, visit Chryssospilia Cave where you can see the remains of an ancient Roman cistern. Read about what to do in Folegandros, Folegandros sailing, or Folegandros boat rental
Day 4: Folegandros – Parikia (Paros)
57.07 km (35.46 mi)
Sail up to the north to the island of Paros, located in the central part of the Cyclades. The bay of Parikia is very well protected against both Meltemi and Sirocco; its disadvantage is its difficult accessibility. Even as an experienced sailor, it is not easy to moor here: in the west, some cliffs make it difficult to set in. The island itself is famous for its beautiful snow-white marble architecture. You should see the Frankish castle built-in 1260, which has now become part of the city of Parikia. If you are curious about the origins of the abundance of marbles, be sure to check out the marble quarries that have been in operation for thousands of years. Read more about what to do in Paros, Paros sailing, or Paros yacht charter
Day 5: Paros – Naxos
31.22 km (19.40 mi)
Sailing northeast of the island of Paros, you can moor at the neighbouring island of Naxos. Before arriving, you should look north: the sight of a door frame left from the ancient temple of Apollo welcomes visitors to the island. The port is also very cosy, and the scenery is beautiful wherever you go on the island. You will also find romantic mountain villages, the ruins of various ancient temples, and the cave where, according to the legend, Zeus grew up. If you want to look around the island, it is worth renting a car. Read more about what to do in Naxos or Naxos sailing. Check our boats: boat hire in Naxos
Day 6: Naxos – Ios
49.16 km (30.54 mi)
After this small retour in the central part of the Cyclades, head towards the south! Your next stop is the island of Ios. It is a bustling island full of life. In summer, there are parties and festivals in the capital. If you want to get away from the city, discover the Tomb of Homer! If you want to see an archaeological excavation, visit the ruins of Skarkos!
Day 7: Ios – Kamari (Santorini) – Thira (Santorini)
68.56 km (42.60 mi)
On the last day, navigate further towards the south, to the island of Santorini. You can find several shops, pubs and restaurants in the streets close to the coast. There are cinemas on the island, one of them is an open-air cinema, surrounded by trees. Be sure to visit the beach that has Blue Flag Certification! You can go diving or try some exciting water sports. If you are interested in the ancient history of the island, visit the ruins of Thera on Mount Mesa Vouno in the south part of the island.
The final destination is the port of Thira, south of Fira. You can go to the town on foot, in a cable car or on a donkey back. In Fira, you will find yourself in front of the local archaeological museum where you can discover several ancient artefacts. The Gyzi Megaron Museum is at the northern end of the town. Here you can see the photographs taken before and after the 1956 earthquake. We recommend local restaurants. The town is famous for its wines and delicious gyros. Read more about what to do in Santorini or Santorini sailing. Check our boats: yacht charter in Santorini
During this trip, you will have the opportunity to sail around the southwestern part of the Cyclades. You can visit Paros in the centre, and then return to Serifos. The first part of this round trip is the same as the one-way trip mentioned above. You can plan your trip flexibly; for instance, you can choose to moor at Antiparos instead of Paros, in a quieter environment.
Day 1. Serifos – Sifnos 22, 14 km (13, 76 mi), Day 2. Sifnos – Milos 42, 57 km (26, 45 mi), Day 3. Milos – Folegandros 61, 81 km (38, 41 mi), Day 4. Folegandros – Paros 57, 07 km (35, 46 mi), Day 5. Paros – Siros 44, 17 km (27, 45 mi), Day 6. Siros – Kithnos 67, 88 km (42, 18 mi), Day 7. Kithnos – Serifopoula – Serifos 50, 29 km (31, 25 mi)
- Parikia, Paros: Depth: 3.5m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 37.087424, 25.151587
- Naxos, Naxos: Depth: 5m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 37.106213, 25.372575
- Adamantas Milos, Milos: Depth: 5m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 36.721797, 24.444774
- Riva Tirasia, Santorini: Depth: 5m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 36.452705, 25.344247
- Thira New Port, Santorini: Depth: 4.5m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 36.386354, 25.428268
The island of Serifos has a peaceful environment, and offers great beaches as well as unique sights to see. Thanks to its location, you can easily sail around the western part of the Cyclades from here. Kithnos, Milos, Ios, and even Naxos and Paros in the centre of the archipelago are accessible quickly. Find more Cyclades sailing routes.HELP ME TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT BOAT