It is the most characteristic town of Sifnos and definitely one of the best preserved and fascinating in Greece.
A long row of whitewashed houses – all built according to the traditional pattern of Cycladic architecture – climbs the hill, ending up at the top with two old windmills. It may seem like some artificial scenery built to attract tourists, whereas it is simply a place carefully preserved by the townsfolk.
From the main square of Artemonas, where the buses to the beaches and other places have their stop, you can slowly walk up the pedestrian street. Along the route you will see several churches with their icons more or less ancient, small shops, many small houses, but also a few elegant villas of the 18th century denoting the cultural wealth of Sifnos. Taking the side lanes, accompanied by the scent of jasmine, you will discover hidden corners and have sudden glimpses of the sea.
When you get to the top of the hill, the effort of the climb will be rewarded by the sight of a striking panorama: the blue of the Aegean is dotted by some of the islands of the Cyclades archipelago, Paros, Naxos, Sikinos, Folegandros and, more far away, the unmistakable outline of Santorini