The history of Serifos is evident throughout the island. Wherever you look, beyond the unique natural beauty, you will see signs of history. From the White Tower (Aspros Pirgos) to the Miners’ Monument and from the castle of Gria and castle of Chora to the Lighthouse and the cave of Cyclops, the monuments do not stop and wait for each traveler to visit them. From ancient times the first inhabitants of the island were the Aeolians from Thessaly and the Ionians from Attica, while the metallurgical activity on the island was great. The local cult of Perseus in Serifos, in ancient times, became known from ancient coins from the 6th century BC, which coins depicted him and were found on the island. During the Roman era the island has been a place of exile. In the Medieval era Serifos often fell victim to pirate raids culminating in the raid of Hayreddin Barbarossa in 1537.
The Monastery of Taxiarches is also located in Serifos. It is a monastery fortress which dates back to 1572. It was founded with the advent of the image of Taxiarchs from Cyprus and is built with high external walls with embrasures, while the cells and the temple are located within the walls for protection from raids.
From the end of the 19th century, the systematic extraction of metals by companies that were granted the right by the state began. The operation of mines flourished on the island and the population doubled in the late 19th and early 20th century due to the influx of workers (miners) from other Cycladic islands. In about 1915 a crisis broke out in metal prices and mining production collapsed. Working conditions in the mines were getting worse and worse and accidents at work were very often. In August 1916, miners in the area of Megalo Livadi declared a strike calling for better working conditions and greater wages. Due to intransigence of the employer company, the miners occupied the port and did not allow the ships to load merchandise. On the 21st of August 1916, 4 of the striking miners were killed by the intervention of the gendarmerie. Several years after the incident in 1925 the 8-hour work was also instituted in the mines.
Apart from its long history, Serifos has an unparalleled beauty that fascinates every visitor. It offers visitors the tranquility they need to escape the hectic rhythms of everyday life. Sun, sea, and calamity. The lacy coastline forms more than 70 beaches in Serifos, waiting for you to explore them, swim in their blue waters and relax. Whether you prefer calm sandy beaches or rocky or pebble beaches the options vary. From the double beach of Agios Sostis, the famous Psili Ammos with its turquoise waters and golden sand, to the magnificent scenery in Ganema and of course the crystal-clear waters in Livadakia.
Serifos is an island that you are going to fall in love with and will remain in your mind forever.