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Sikinos

Short Description

Sikinos is one of the southernmost and least populated islands of the Cyclades. Main settlements of Sikinos are Alopronia, Kastro and Chorio. Alopronia is the charming port of Sikinos. It is located in the eastern part of the island and consists of many modern white houses located in the small amphitheatric bay. The settlement of Kastro (=castle), is built on a cliff 280 meters above sea level. It is an old fortified village of the 15th century. At Kastro one can meet old white stone houses with wooden balconies and whitewashed terraces, small churches and narrow streets. The nearby settlement of Chorio (=village) is a picturesque settlement of the 17th century, with alleys, old houses, narrow passages and stone steps. Chorio is built in an amphitheatric way and there one can meet exclusively houses, as commercial land uses are prohibited.

What is special

Following an initiative of the "Sustainable Aegean" and "Paths of Culture" Programmes of ELLINIKI ETAIRIA-Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage, an effort to mark and restore the old traditional pathways of the island was completed in 2014. Almost 70% of Sikinos is part of a Natura area. An important monument in Sikinos is Episkopi. It was first considered to be an ancient temple of the god Apollo but it has been discovered to bear the signs of Roman mausoleum architecture. The structure was built in the 3rd century A.D. and was modified to become a Christian church with a dome and a tower bell in the 17th century A.D. The “Our Places in Europe-ENtopia” project represents perhaps a unique opportunity to make the small but well-preserved island of Sikinos better known, and as a result to reinforce its local economy, ensuring the preservation of its authenticity, in harmony with the principles of sustainable development.

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