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An out of the way and relatively untouristed island in the Cyclades, Sikinos offers some real respite from the tourist hordes to view the real Greek life on some of the more isolated islands.  Upon arrival, you have two destinations to choose from for accommodations: a pension adjacent to the port, or in the Hora at the top of the central hill on the island. 

Sikinos is a settlement which is divided into two villages: Kastro which is the largest and the the unspoiled picturesque Hora. Kastro with its maze lanes is one of the most authentic with an outstanding beauty, villages in Cyclades. Hora is superb with a trail of windmills. Panagia Pantanassa church has an excellent temple and beautiful meta-byzantine icons. Zoodohos Pigi Monastery is overlooking the main town and gives the impression of a castle. North-east from Hora is the Monastery of Chrissopigi (20 minutes walk) with excellent view. If you do get to Sikinos, make sure to get away from the lights of your accommodation on a clear night and take a look at the sky: no place on the planet will allow a more brilliant and crystalline view of the Milky Way in the night sky - as if Zeus himself had painted the heavens. 

If you stay near the port, take the bus up to the hora and episkopi and do a little exploring.  There is an little Olive Oil Museum run by very friendly, Greek born man who spent a great deal of his life working for the US Navy.  He will be able to tell you a lot about the historical process of making olive oil, and he knows the history of the island as well.  If you bring him a little Jack Daniels, he would be all the more appreciative!

The views are amazing, and there are a few dirt roads you can wander along while watching the subtle changes of the surrounding hills and surrounding sea.  One truly does feel on top of the world!

 

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November 28, 2004 new by charchar

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