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Sifnos boasts a wonderful choice of beaches - from long stretches of sand lined with bars and tavernas to delightful hidden coves where you can dive off the rocks, snorkel and work on your all over tan. Few of the beaches suffer from over-crowding except the main tourist beach of Platis Yialos in the south east corner of the island.

The port of Kamares on the west coast has one of the longest sandy beaches in the Cyclades. The central part of the cove is lined with tamarisk trees and dune grass and the sand shelves gently into shallow water making this a safe beach for children. It's not the island's most popular beach due to the comings and goings of ferries and other boats in the harbour.

Platis Yialos, 12 kilometres south of Apollonia, is the main beachfront resort with a large, sheltered beach flanked by numerous hotels, shops and restaurants. It's frequented by package holidaymakers and also the locals who come here to enjoy a frappe (delicious frothy iced coffee) or an evening meal as the sun goes down.

To get away from the summer crowds head north east along the coast through the olive groves to the Panagia Chrysopigi Monastery, perched on an islet connected to the mainland via a bridge. Here you can dive off the point, swim in small rocky coves or sunbathe on the beautiful tree-lined beach of Apokofto, just beyond the monastery. The rocky headlands here protect swimmers from rough water and there are a couple of excellent tavernas.

Faros is a little further north along the coast and offers three uncrowded beaches, several tavernas and a hotel at Fasolou which is an unofficial nudist beach.

Below the ancient capital of Kastro, the flat rocks and pebble coves attract nudists and young people wanting to get away from summer tourists.

Heronissos, in the north west corner of the island, is an isolated hamlet with a couple of tavernas and a small sandy beach. This is a good place for snorkelling - you can reach it either by road or hire a water taxi from Kamares.

Vathy is an attractive fishing village in the south west of the island which could only be reached by boat or on foot until 1997 when a road was built to it from Apollonia. Here you'll find one of the best beaches on the island, overlooking a beautiful funnel-shaped bay. Tourism is starting to creep in here but the village and beach haven't yet experienced the sort of development seen in Kamares and Platis Yialos. Regular buses run to and from the port of Kamares in high season or you can make the journey on foot from Platis Yialos in about an hour and a half.

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