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Sifnos versus Paros

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Sifnos versus Paros

Has anyone experienced both destinations being Sifnos and Paros. I have been told that Sifnos is great as it is not as commercial as other islands, but a friend seems to be leaning towards Paros. Does anyone have any comments?

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Zelda

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1. Re: Sifnos versus Paros

Have done both & do have a clear preference for Paros. Sifnos is great & has some great beaches which are ... overfull with tourists in peak season. I recall we nearly had to fight for a free square meter on the beach in August which was not fun at all - I never went back after that 1 vacation experience. Paros is bigger, has more beaches and appealed more to me vs Sifnos.

Regarding not being "as commercial" - did not have this feeling - both are touristy islands.

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2. Re: Sifnos versus Paros

Have done both & do have a clear preference for Paros. Sifnos is great & has some great beaches which are ... overfull with tourists in peak season. I recall we nearly had to fight for a free square meter on the beach in August which was not fun at all - I never went back after that 1 vacation experience. Paros is bigger, has more beaches and appealed more to me vs Sifnos.

Regarding not being "as commercial" - did not have this feeling - both are touristy islands.

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3. Re: Sifnos versus Paros

Hi Kristinaki, thanks for info very helpful. We are considering staying in a villa/apartment rather than a hotel. Do you have any opinion regarding accommodation?

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4. Re: Sifnos versus Paros

Well, with 20 or so Cycladic islands you could do an awful lot of 2 island 'comparisons' like that. Not so sure they are very useful.

I have been going to both Sifnos/Paros quite a few times for around 25+ years almost always June/July. Sometimes both islands on one trip, sometimes not.

Paros is way busier than Sifnos, in general, always has been. There has been a lot more development on Paros over those years, so the gap has increased.

The thing with both islands is there are so many places to stay around the island, so then you get into comparing individual resorts, a marathon task...for just 2 islands.

Both islands have small quiet resorts and busier ones. However nothing on Sifnos is as large as Paros town or Naoussa.

All the Cyclades islands are commercialised, it's only the degree that varies, so on that basic broad brush comparison Sifnos is quite a lot less commercial than Paros.

As far as accommodation goes I just use 'rooms for rent' and small hotels found on arrival, so I can't help with 'villa' stuff.

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5. Re: Sifnos versus Paros

We've been to Sifnos (Oct. 2011) and loved it. It was a "real" Greek Island. We stayed in Kamares, the main port, then took buses to all the other villages. I highly recommend Sifnos if you want a more laid-back atmosphere. Of course we went during the off season so there were not many tourists and a lot of business were closed, but that was fine. We wanted to be with the locals anyway. Kastro was fantastic with it being built on a hill overlooking the Aegean. The church built on an outcropping was outstanding, so was Appollonia and the pedestrian lanes to Artemonas and other towns. Vathi, Plato Yialas, Heronosis, Faros and many other villages were just picture perfect.

Funny, but our next trip will be to Paros along with Naxos.

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6. Re: Sifnos versus Paros

Having done them both they are very different places and I think that only you can decide which is best. They are very close together geographically but with poor ferry connections but if you get the chance I suugest you try them both and make your own decision.

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7. Re: Sifnos versus Paros

Zelda, you could get a more useful and specific answer if you in turn would be more specific about exactly when you are going .... I also am familiar with both islands, but will not try to be a mind-reader about your travel dates.

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