Go Hiking in Sikinos, Greece
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The secluded island of Sikinos, Greece is the ideal destination for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle. Sikinos has been able to keep its traditional charm and natural beauty which will draw you in. For any nature lover, hiking on Sikinos will not disappoint. Here’s what you should know about hiking on the beautiful island of Sikinos.
About Sikinos, Greece
Sikinos is one of the least-populated Greek islands. The coastline of the island runs just 41 km, but boasts clean beaches that offer wonderful views of the sea and surrounding area. The capital of Sikinos, Chora, is built on a hill and provides a view that’s worth experiencing. The island is hilly, which offers many spots to take in the view from a different vantage point. The landscape of Sikinos Island makes it the perfect destination for hiking adventures.
Getting to the tranquil island of Sikinos can be done by ferry or by plane. There is no airport on the island, the closest is on the nearby island of Santorini. From the port of Santorini, you can take the 2 – 3 hour ferry ride to Sikinos.
You can also catch a ferry to Sikinos from the Piraeus port of Athens, though the trip takes 9 hours. The closer islands to Sikinos such as Ios and Folegandros also offer ferry service.
How to Hike in Sikinos
One of the most appealing things about Sikinos is its natural beauty and the opportunities to go hiking around the island. There are a number of hiking trails to be found there, so you will easily find a few to suit to suit your experience level and time limit. Trails on the island range from 1.4 km to over 12 km and take anywhere from 35 minutes to over 4 hours to complete. Here’s a look at some of the trails you might want to try:
- Shorter hiking trails. One of the shorter hiking trails on the island of Sikinos begins at Kastro and leads to Alopronia. This trail is about 3.5 km long. If you’re looking for a quick hike that isn’t difficult, this is the trail for you.
- Longer hiking trails. If you’re experienced and adventurous, a longer trail such as the one that begins at Chorio, goes to Episkopi, and ends at Alopronia will be more your pace. This trail is considered moderate in difficulty, so even if you’re not a seasoned hiker, but in decent shape, it will appeal to you.
- Cultural walks. If you are interested in a more cultural hike, there is a trail that begins at Episkopi Church. This hiking trail will take you past two Byzantine churches, Saint George and Saint Anna; and an old cobbled path that leads to a fortified ancient village on the small hill of Aghia Marina, where you can view scattered ruins.
If you are wondering where to go, you should consider getting a hiking map. You can find them in various places throughout the area. Consider checking with your hotel, at a tourist information center, or in some of the shops that are in the area.
While on the island of Sikinos, you should consider going for a hike!
This post was written by GreekBoston.com