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Platis Gialos, Sifnos Island

Platys Gialos (“the large beach” in Greek) is a rapidly developing coastal tourist settlement, extended along the homonymous large and very popular beach; the settlement is situated within an area full of cultivations and olive trees. It counts some 120 permanent residents occupied in tourism. The place is a traditional center of pottery and you will find several pottery workshops where you may buy excellent ceramic vessels, which you may also see while they are manufactured. The village is situated at a distance of 12 kilometers southern to Apollonia.

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The settlement offers a wide range of accommodation alternatives by the sea and you will also find several facilities for a comfortable staying.

The visitor will enjoy very much the impressive view from the top of the hill where it is situated the Holy Monastery of Panaghia tou Vounou (Virgin Mary of the Mountain), built in early 19th century. The church has a famous historic icon, the icon of Panaghia Mahairoussa and celebrates the feasts in honor of Virgin Mary, with two great local religious feasts (“panighyri”): one takes place on the Annunciation of Virgin Mary, on the 25th of March and the second on the 21st of November in honor of the Presentation of Virgin Mary.

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Northeastern to Platys Gialos it is situated the White Tower, one of the most important towers of the island; through these towers the locals had developed a network of beacons, which would inform the people of the island in case of an imminent attack. At the site of Acroteriaki the eminent Greek archaeologist Christos Tsountas had spotted and discovered a prehistoric cemetery. Finally, across the entrance of the cove, on the uninhabited islet of Kitriani, you may see the old church of Panaghia Kitriani, dedicated to Virgin Mary. The church goes back to the 11th century and it is probably the most ancient building of Sifnos. The church has also an interesting icon screen made in the 18th century.

You will enjoy swimming at the long beach in front of the settlement and at the beach of Lazaros.

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For any problem you should address to the corresponding services of Apollonia, some 9 kilometers far away to the North.

Access to the settlement from the port of Kamares or from Apollonia is possible by public buses running regularly, by taxi and by rented or private car and motorbikes.
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