Packing your bag you didn’t forget anything you needed for a marine holiday but remember:
- In Sifnos and in all the Cyclades islands during the summer the wind Meltemi is blowing from the North: this reduces the summer heath and make the evenings fresh: take with you a sweater or a sweatshirt.
- Even if you are not trekkers you may decide to follow a path to reach some nice place but they are not paved: take with you good walking shoes.
In Sifnos payments are more often cash-based and credit/debit cards are not always accepted. Anyway there are ATMs in Apollonia, in Kamares and in Platis Ghialos where you can get cash.
At the end of your stay in Sifnos you will be tempted to delay your departure as much as you can. Be “slow” and do not plan your return trip with a very tight schedule. Remember that between you and the flight that will take you home…. there is the sea to cross.
Athens and the Pyraeus
Do not consider Athens just as a stopover on your way to the islands: for smart travellers Athens could be the beginning of their slow holiday.
Take your time and enjoy the city: you will slowly prepare yourself to the islands life.
Walk around the city, don’t confine yourself only to the most famous and touristic places: take a full immersion in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Athens.
Visit the old covered market in Athinas street, a wonderful, popular and animated place built at the end of the ‘800. Not far from the market you will find the area of Gazi where there is the cultural space of Technopolis: several buildings hosting exhibitions, concerts and cultural events. Even in crisis time Athens offers an amazing cultural life.
If you decide to skip Athens and go straight to Pyraeus you can also have a good time. Pyraeus is not only the port of Athens but it is a city itself, a lively mediterranean market with many shops and small stalls on the seaside selling a variety of things. Pyraeus was, and still is, the door between East and West and this makes this city charming and unique.
If you arrive in Athens by plane you can easily get to the center of the city or to the port of Pyraeus:
The bus X95 takes you to Athens in 60 minutes and the bus X96 takes you to the port of Pyraeus in 75 minutes.
The ticket costs 5 euros.
The metropolitan train (station at 300 metres on the left of the arrival hall). The ticket costs 8 euros but you may find cheaper tickets for groups of more than two people. The train reaches the center of Athens but if you want go to the port of Pyraeus you must change at Monastiraki and take the line 1 to Pyraeus.
The taxi will cost around 35 or 40 euros to Athens and 50 euros to Pyraeus.
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