Best local dish: There are many local delicacies to try while visiting Serifos. Sun-dried tomatoes, Fava beans, Marathon Tiganites (friend fennel-balls) and Revithada (a chickpea stew with rosemary) are just some of the dishes you will find on the island. As with many places in Greece, the fresh seafood is extraordinary, with mullet, swordfish, monkfish and squid common specialities of the region.
Local culture: Serifos has less than 1,500 full-time residents today but that has not always been the case. Abundant in natural materials, Serifos has been mined since the Roman ages and present-day visitors can still see glimpses of the island’s past inhabitants – which at its peak was almost 20,000. Tourists can explore the ruins of long-forgotten towns and even climb an ancient stairway that leads to a Venetian castle and the chapels of Agia Varvara, the Saviour, Agios Konstantinos and Agios Ioannis.
Best beach: Serifos is blessed with an abundance of beaches to choose from. Livadakia is a popular destination that is just 5km south of Chora. For quieter, off-the-beaten-track areas to relax, try Vagia or Psili Ammos.
IYC recommends: Set sail to the deserted island of Poliegos. A magical place to spend the day, the waters around this uninhabited island are an unbelievable shade of blue. Swim, snorkel and sunbathe on the shores or head inland to discover the historic lighthouse. A pristine area of natural beauty and refuge for many animals – including native Monk Seals – this peaceful place is a wonder of Greece.