This remote Cycladic island, tucked between Ios and Milos, is one of the quietest, most secluded Greek Islands you could wish to find. The port area of Alopronia is sometimes called Skala.
Sikinos has retained all of its island character, and this adds to its attractions for those in search of peace and an authentic atmosphere. The island has been inhabited since ancient times, as has been proved by the finds made in the Episkopi district.
The only road on Sikinos links Alopronia, the island's harbour, with Hora or Kastro, one of the most beautiful villages anywhere in the Cyclades. There are fine stone mansions to admire, and a church of Our Lady 'Pantanassa'. The Zoodohos Pigi monastery, built on the peak of a rock, is more reminiscent of an impregnable castle from a distance. As on all the more isolated Cycladic islands, the local religious feasts are celebrated with great enthusiasm.
Sikinos has a dry, scrub landscape, very similar to Folégandros but not as harsh and a noticeable omission. There are no churches dotting the hillside so common on other islands. Clergy are however, often seen chatting to parishoners in tavernas, perhaps as a result. The green and cream bus runs frequently between the port and the only other settlement on the island - Kastro-Hora which saddles the mountain on the north coast. Hora to the left is entirely residential with a lot of re-furbishment taking place. Whilst Kastro on the right is the more commercial side. A pleasant square containing a church surrounded by palms and a memorial can be found by the National Bank.