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SERIFOS BOASTS ONE OF THE MOST PICTURESQUE CHORAS (MAIN VILLAGE) OF ALL GREEK ISLANDS
and is often alleged to be the island where the mythical Polyphemus, Odyssceus’ antagonist, dwelled. Primarily known as an island of metals and mining activity from the 19th century onwards – Serifos’ underground, in fact, is so rich in minerals that in the 6th century the island possessed its own currency – it gradually declined in the 20th century, following historical events such as the miners’ notable strike in 1916, until mines permanently shut down in the 1960s. Contemporary sources of income include tourism and low-level agriculture.
eaceful and easy-going, less prosperous than its mining heyday, this barren island of wild nature offers more than 70 beaches often reachable by car or boat.
hora is five kilometers away from Livadi, the island’s port, and is amongst the most scenic villages in Cyclades. It is built around a hill, an authentic medieval settlement with magnificent views. Other destinations include the popular, nightlife-busy Livadi, Koutalas with its old stone houses and old miners settlements, and Mega Livadi with the company’s headquarters, evoking classical style.
he most well-known ancient monument is the White Tower, a Hellenistic marble watchtower (ca. 300 BC), standing on a hilltop just east off the road from Chora to Mega Livadi, near Mega Chorio. Several other tower-like constructions have been spotted or unearthed, including the megalithic Psaros Pyrgos, or, as it is more commonly known, “Couch of the Cyclops”, in tandem with the myths about Cyclops inhabiting the island. 96 _ CITY GUIDE summer 2014