Bare, undulating hills interspersed with small, fertile valleys
cover this picturesque island. The rocky coastline is deeply
indented with a succession of coves and bays.
The curious rock formations resemble human figures which call to
mind the myth of Danae, Perseus and Medusa, as if these
prehistoric inhabitants of the island had been turned to stone.
Ferries call at Livadi, the sheltered port on the eastern side
of the island, where there is a long, horseshoe-shaped sandy
Perched on the top of a steep hill, Hora or Serifos, the main
town of the island, with its little cube-shaped houses and
churches in the island style, with its Venetian castle above,
looks like a fairytale town. The fortress-like monastery of the
Archangels (moni Taxiarhon), near the village of Galani, which
houses some fine wall-paintings and important books and
manuscripts, is of special interest.
The village of PanAghia (which takes its name – meaning “Our
Lady” – from the dedication of a fine 10th century church)
commands a panoramic view of the whole island. The greatest
attraction of Serifos is its magnificent beaches (Mega Livadi,
Koutalas, Aghios Sostis, Psili Amos, Aghios Ioanis, Sikamia).
However, it is a charm all of its own, something in the unique
“atmosphere” of the island, which attracts an ever-increasing
number of visitors from Greece and abroad.