If you stay at the Maistrali Hotel, you’ll meet Babis Bobolos, who runs the hotel and has a passion for his island. He will provide you with a map and show you all of the places worth visiting on Serifos. Here are a few of Babis’s suggestions:
• From the hotel, head southwest and you’ll reach a dirt road that Babis says has beautiful views of beaches, like Kalo Ambeli (Babis’s favorite) and Koutalas Bay.
• Go to the village of Megalo Livadi where there is a great fish taverna and a beach called Cyclops. It isn’t the nicest beach, but the abandoned loading docks and tracks from Megalo Livadi’s days as a mining town are pretty cool to see. There’s also a giant Neoclassical house that is falling into ruin. The Cyclops is a good restaurant in Megalo Livadi that serves fresh vegetables and meat from the family farm. As you leave Megalo Livadi, there’s a small, interesting mineral museum worth visiting.
• Psili Ammo has fine white sand and is considered to be one of the best beaches on Serifos.
• Ag Sostis is serene, and quite frankly, a perfect beach. You won’t find anyone here in September, and there are very few people on the beach in July and August.
• The Aloni Traditional Restaurant is highly recommended by Babis and has a wonderful view of the port and the valley.
• There is a traditional cheese shop on the island where you can go on a small tour, milk a goat, and drink some homemade souma (a liquor made of grapes). You can buy wheels of cheese, capers, sun-dried tomatoes, tsipouro, and marmalade. Rita and Giorgos are the husband and wife who own the shop, and Rita offers cooking lessons.
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