Serifos (Introduction): Serifos is the third biggest island of the Cyclades complex, situated south of Kythnos and northwest of Sifnos. It has a total area of 70 square kilometers and the population is approximately 1,200 inhabitants. The rocky coastline is deeply indented with an alteration of coves and bays, while the ground is barren and mountainous.
Historically, Serifos was primarily noted for its copper and iron mines, long since closed. Of great significance is the Cave of Koutalas, (otherwise known as the Cave of Cyclop), situated western of Koutalas settlement. The cave was accidentally discovered and today all visitors can admire the excellent stalactites and stalagmites.
Serifos, with an almost circular shape, is popular for its beautiful sandy beaches, (Alevrakia, Kalogeros, Karavas etc.), and the crystal clear waters. The northern part of the island is ideal for windsurfing.
One of the main characteristics of Serifos is the existence of a serene landscape with picturesque green valleys. The main town is called Chora and there the visitor can find various hotels, cafeterias, tavernas and commercial shops. Chora, flecked with white-cubed houses, is divided into two districts, Epano, (Upper), and Kato, (Lower), Chora. At the highest peak of the capital lie the remains of the Venetian castle, built for the protection of the inhabitants.