Serifos, the Seducer of the Senses!! Snow-white houses with colorful windows, limpid narrow streets, small churches with white or blue domes, traditional windmills, golden sandy beaches that are waiting for you to discover them… This is Serifos, a Cyclades painting!
Chora is the capital of Serifos. It is a traditional fortification village built amphitheatrically on a hill, and its first foundations have been laid during the times of the Venice domination. It is justly considered to be one of the most beautiful capitals of Cyclades.
Some fabulous mountain villages of Serifos are Panagia, Galani, Kentarhos, Kallitsos, while the littoral villages of Koutalas and Mega Livadi, that were at their acme during the time when the island’s mines were operating, shall also attract your interest. The port, Livadi, the visitors’ reception, which invites you, extends under Chora.
The only thing you have to do is accept its invitation and come visit this superb island of Cyclades in order to have unforgettable vacation.
In the prehistoric times, Serifos was uninhabited, as the rest of the Cycladic islands, with rich flora and fauna. This began to change during the Neolithic period, when the islands were inhabited and people began burning forests to create fields and grasslands. This is how the Cycladic landscape, as we know it today, was formed. Its main characteristics are the bushy vegetation, where the land is cultivated as grassland, and the land terraces, where they cultivated grains, vineyards or a few olive trees. There have been times when Serifos and the neighbouring islands were systematically cultivated and could feed an important part of the population. However, today most of the land terraces remain waste as the inhabitants are mainly involved in tourism.
The soil of Serifos was known for its wealth in minerals, to which the island owes its riches during the antiquity. According to the island’s history, the growth of Serifos was such that since the 6th B.C. century it had its own currency. The most important minerals were lievrite and green quartz.
The green quartz of Serifos is considered particularly rare and that found in the Megalo or Mia Chorio is exhibited in the mineralogical museum of Paris. Today, Serifos is famous in the scientific circles of Europe because in its bowels there are still hidden minerals of good crystalline formations. Some of these minerals are: granite, andradite, fluorite, hematite, limonite, galena, magnetite and malachite. The most famous mines were in Koutalas, in Megalo or Mia Chorio.
During their wandering in Serifos, the visitors see low vegetation consisting mainly of brushwood, caper, oregano, thyme, prickly pears, geraniums, squirting cucumbers, vines and olive trees. In the seabed there are colonies of the popular sea plant, poseidonia oceanica, which is protected by the European legislation.