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Visit Greece! Camping at Serifos

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This is Pepi‘s second post about family friendly destinations in Greece (see her first post about beautiful Sifnos here).

By the time you have children, your priorities, and therefore the criteria you choose your travel destinations change. And although each family’s choices and preferences may be different, there are some basic facts such the children’s amusement, comfort and of course safety that you cannot really ignore as a parent.

Since we had a baby, we try not to give up our favorite destinations like the Cyclades but always seek for new places or why not some different vacation mode such as camping for our holidays. So if you are planning summer family vacations and you need stunning weather, magical beaches, healthy and tasty food, and most of all welcoming people then Cyclades is a great destination.

Especially now after the Greece’s Economic Drama that peaked the last 3 weeks, travelling to Greece is more vital for us the greek people than ever. The yearning for stability, in monetary and emotional terms is essential. And tourism is liquidity. And although Banks were out of function for 3 whole weeks after the Capital Controls were reinforced, now we are almost back to normal since they are open and ready to service the customers – which means that ATM will not be queued.

People are even more welcoming and more grateful than ever. And prices are significantly cheaper BUT the places and the smiles, remain as wonderful as always.

For relaxation: Camping Coral – Serifos

Serifos has a very friendly and a very well equipped camping, ideal for families – the CORALI. Only five minutes away the port on the famous beach of Livadakia. Coralli camping caters to even the most demanding camper, offering a combination of nature at its best and top notch camping facilities. Plenty of shade is provided by the tamarisk trees and the atmosphere around is really laid – back.

Your kids will be close to nature, at a safe environment so that you can also have some time to relax.

travel_6In this picture: Camping Coralli

For accommodation you can choose between Bungalow and Apartments, which, however, I recommend you to avoid as they are farther from the center of the camping and sea and their interior is not the most suitable especially for young children.

SOME OF MY FAVORITE BEACHES:
Of course Serifos is a beautiful island, not with so many choices as Sifnos, but with numerous and wonderful beautiful beaches. Recently I read somewhere that if you ask a local about Serifos’ beaches he will tell you that are more than 70 – and this is not a myth.

sifnos_beach_agios sostisIn this picture: Agios Sostis Beach

serifos_agios sostis 3In this picture: Agios Sostis Monasteri

You should definitely visit: Sykamia, Psili Ammos, Ganema, Ag. Ioannis and Agios Sostis if of course it has no wind that day – it has the slight disadvantage of the downhill walk but if the children are over 5 years you can easily go. Do not miss the chapel of Agios Sostis at the edge of the cliff. In this link you can find more info about the beaches.

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FOOD AT SERIFOS:
In most of the taverns you shall have the chance to taste the local specialties such as sun-dried tomatoes, chickpea soup, fava bean puree and local sausages. Apart from the Coralli Camping where you can enjoy cheap and tasty food of good quality, one of my favorite places to go is Margarita, at the end of the beach road at the port.
Apart for the great food at reasonable prices, it has plenty of space (very safe) for the kids to play around. Manolis Tavern at Psili Ammos is also great for sea food very close to the beach, and Aloni Restaurant for a great view of Serifos port – you will find it on the way to Chora.

DURING THE AFTERNOON:
In the afternoon if you want to go for a walk and even have a nice dinner, visit the Chora. It is considered to be a model of a medieval castled settlement, built amphitheatrically on the rocky height of the bay of Livadi, in order to protect it from the pirate invasions.
In Chora there are many bars and restaurants. Here the visitor can try the local dishes and taste the local wine, while you can walk around wonderful narrow streets that lead to the Piatsa of Pano Chora (the Town Hall square).

serifos_choraIn this picture: Pano Chora

serifos_townhallIn this picture: Pano Chora

I hope you enjoy your staying at Serifos as much as we enjoyed it and I also wish that at some point, normality and tranquility will return to the country that inspire the Olympic Games and its true spirit.
You can find more info about Serifos here. For ferries timetables visit this page.

Pepi x


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August 22, 2016

[…] friend Pepi, from the stylish, Athens-based boutique Alice on Board, has written a travel post on the Greek islands Sifnos and Serifos for us before, which left me […]


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