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Our memorable meals at L’Osteria da Claudio and the Delfini Hotel restaurant on Sifnos


Delfini Hotel on Sifnos

The outdoor dining terrace at the Delfini Hotel on Sifnos. The Delfini restaurant is open to the public as well as to guests of the hotel, and serves excellent home-cooked Greek cuisine and seafood dishes.



Dining terrace at the Delfini Hotel on Sifnos sunset view

Clear windscreens shelter Delfini restaurant guests on windy evenings, but still allow views of the sunset and Kamares Bay



Fond food memories: An online conversation about Sifnos restaurants a few days ago prompted me to pore through my travel journal and hundreds of photos we shot during our four-day visit to the island back in 2007.

Good food was the topic of our message exchange, and it also happens to be something for which Sifnos has long been famous.

While researching islands to visit on that trip seven years ago, I learned that Sifnos has been well-known for fine cuisine for hundreds of years, largely because the excellent pottery and ceramics produced on the island gave Sifnian cooks an early edge in developing culinary techniques and honing their kitchen skills. I also read that many of the top chefs in Athens and elsewhere in Greece got their training and started their careers on Sifnos.

I don’t know how accurate those stories are, but I can confirm that we did eat well on Sifnos; in fact, we still talk about the food we enjoyed there.


Two excellent dinners at Delfini Hotel

Two of those meals were in the restaurant of the Delfini Hotel where we were staying on the far side of Kamares Bay, directly across from the ferry port at Kamares. 

Our room was situated right above the Delfini’s seaview restaurant terrace, and the delightful food aromas that wafted from the kitchen through our open windows enticed us to have our first dinner there instead of walking into town for the evening. We had home-made spinach pies, stuffed aubergines, a hearty seafood soup that was chock full of fish and vegetables, wine, and a yummy cheesecake for dessert. The meal cost €42 and was wonderful.

We walked into Kamares for dinner on our second night, and saw a queue outside L’Osteria da Claudio. We recognized several of the people waiting in line for a table — they, too, were staying at Hotel Delfini. They told us they had eaten at da Claudio before (some had been there more than once) and thought the Italian cuisine was amazing. The waiting time for a table inside the small dining room would be about an hour, but they said it would be worth it.


L'osteria da Claudio on Sifnos

A sign at L’Osteria da Claudio, on the main street in Kamares. The popular Italian restaurant had many repeat visitors when we stayed on the island.


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Pic of the day: Kamares, the port town on Sifnos


Kamares port on Sifnos

Looking toward Kamares, the port town on Sifnos, from the opposite side of Kamares Bay



Greece holiday pic of the day


Kamares beach Sifnos

The long sandy beach at Kamares port village on Sifnos



Greece holiday pic of the day


Kamares beach Sifnos

Overlooking Kamares beach on Sifnos from a nearby hillside


Greece holiday pic of the day


beachside bars and tavernas at Kamares on Sifnos

Beachside bar and taverna seating at the port town of Kamares on Sifnos


Greece holiday pic of the day


The beach at Kamares on Sifnos

The curved sandy beach at the port village of Kamares on Sifnos



Things I love about Greece: Waking up to gorgeous views at hotels in the Greek Islands (Part 3)


Hotel Tagoo Mykonos sunset view

A dramatic sunset viewed from Hotel Tagoo on Mykonos in September 2007


Sunsets, sea views & windstorms: 2007 was the year we took our first-ever September trip to Greece, breaking a pattern of travelling in mid- to late May or early June.  This particular island-hopping holiday took us to Milos, Sifnos, Folegandros and Mykonos.

Milos was our first stop; we flew there on an Olympic Airways flight from Athens the same day we arrived in Greece. We stayed at the Santa Maria Village hotel near Adamas, the main port town on Milos. Santa Maria Village is a hillside complex of hotel rooms, suites, apartments and bungalows less than a 15-minute walk from the Adamas harbour. The hotel overlooks the Gulf of Milos, and the balcony to our room had views of the gulf, 748-meter Mt. Profitis Elias and other mountains on the west side of the bay, and Adamas. No sunset views from this location, but we did get to see a spectacular sunset from Utopia bar in Plaka one evening.

Sifnos was our second destination. We stayed at Hotel Delfini, which sits directly across from the Kamares ferry port on the far side of Kamares Bay. The hotel has a beautiful swimming pool that overlooks Kamares and the bay. In our room, one of the tiniest hotel rooms we’ve stayed in anywhere, the window and the balcony both gave good views straight down the wide bay toward open sea. We saw some brilliant sunsets during our stay — a stroke of luck considering that a bad weather system moved over the Aegean during our first night on Sifnos, bringing cloudy skies and a fierce windstorm that disrupted ferry travel for several days. We actually had to spend one extra night on the island because there were no ferries going anywhere on our scheduled departure day.

Folegandros was our third stop, and we arrived more than a day late because of the ferry cancellations caused by the weekend windstorm that “stranded” us on Sifnos. We stayed at the Fata Morgana Studios, a small clifftop complex of 14 apartments near the island’s main town, Chora.This place has incredible views, including sunsets! The swimming pool and bar overlook the sea and the mountainous western half of the island, while our balcony gave us even better views — the same breathtaking sea and mountain views, plus sightlines of Chora and the stunning church of Koimisis tis Theotokou (Assumption of the Virgin Mary), perched high on the mountain above the town.

Mykonos was our final island-hopping destination, and this time we decided to stay close to Mykonos Town, rather than at a beach resort like Elia or Platis Gialos where we had stayed three times before. We chose Hotel Tagoo not only because of its many positive reviews on TripAdvisor.com, but also since it came highly recommended first-hand by some people from Toronto we knew who had stayed there the previous year. (I had recommended the Lianos Village to them for their Naxos visit; they loved it and suggested we try Hotel Tagoo next time we went to Mykonos because it had many similarities and they felt certain we would love it. They were right.)

We actually got to stay in two different rooms. Our first room was situated on the east side of the Hotel Tagoo complex, with a semi-private partial sea-view terrace that was cozy, comfortable and quiet. We couldn’t watch the sunset from that terrace, but if we wanted to see it, all we had to do was walk a few flights of stairs to the swimming pool and pool bar deck. The panoramic vistas from there are spectacular; on clear days, you can see several other Cyclades islands including Tinos, Syros, Rinia and sometimes even Giaros. As you can imagine, the sunsets look sensational from up there, too. And for our last night on Mykonos, we got to move into a room with a direct sunset view. When guests checked out of one of the hotel’s front-facing rooms earlier in the day, hotel manager Anna asked if we wanted to switch rooms for the night. We did, of course, so we got to watch a brilliant sunset while enjoying a bottle of wine on the comfort of our own terrace. It was the perfect place to spend our final evening on the island!

Below are photos of our views from the Santa Maria Village on Milos, the Hotel Delfini on Sifnos, the Fata Morgana Studios on Folegandros, and Hotel Tagoo on Mykonos.

Santa Maria Village hotel balcony view

This was the view looking straight out from our second-floor hotel room balcony at the Santa Maria Village hotel in Adamas on Milos


Santa Maria Village balcony view

Directly ahead is the Gulf of Milos, the wide bay that separates the east and west sides of the island


Santa Maria Village balcony view

Off to the right stands Mount Profitis Elias on the west side of the Gulf of Milos


Santa Maria Village balcony view

The mountains blocked sunsets from sight at the hotel — but there were many excellent sunset viewing spots in Plaka and Kastro


Santa Maria Village hotel swimming pool

Our balcony also overlooked the Santa Maria Village swimming pool and bar terrace


Santa Maria Village swimming pool

The swimming pool and its surrounding terrace had views of the Gulf of Milos …


Santa Maria Village view of Adamas

… as well as views towards the island’s main port town, Adamas, which was only a 15-minute walk from the hotel along the waterfront


Hotel Delfini Sifnos

The Hotel Delfini is situated on a hill above Kamares Bay on Sifnos


Hotel Delfini Sifnos

The Delfini has great views of the mountains that tower above the bay and port…


Hotel Delfini view toward Kamares

… while parts of the hotel property overlook the port town of Kamares


Hotel Delfini swimming pool

The Hotel Delfini has a beautiful infinity pool …


Hotel Delfini infinity pool

that faces straight down Kamares Bay toward the open sea …


Hotel Delfini Sifnos infinity pool

… has views of the island’s main port town, Kamares …


Delfini Hotel Sifnos sunset view

… and offers excellent sightlines as the sun sets over the Aegean Sea to the west


Delfini hotel Sifnos sunset view

Another sunset view from the Hotel Delfini’s infinity pool


Hotel Delfini Sifnos view

The window in our room overlooked the pool and the hotel’s outdoor restaurant area (under the bamboo roof), and had great views of Kamares Bay


Hotel Delfini balcony view

Our balcony faced right down Kamares Bay toward the open sea


Kamares Bay on Sifnos

Our balcony view of the rugged coastline and rocky mountain above Kamares Bay


Delfini Hotel Sifnos sunset view

Our balcony view of a sunset over the Aegean Sea


Fata Morgana Folegandros

The swimming pool terrace at Fata Morgana Studios on Folegandros has fantastic views. The island of Paros is visible in the distance in this photo.


Fata Morgana Studios Folegandros

This was part of the view from our terrace at Fata Morgana Studios; I say “part” because the second-floor balcony wrapped around the building, offering wonderful views in several different directions


Fata Morgana Studios Folegandros

We could see the village of Ano Mera on the mountaintop in the distance


Fata Morgana Studios Folegandros views

Looking straight out to sea from our balcony at Fata Morgana Studios


Fata Morgana Studios

A sitting area for the pool bar had amazing views of the island, sea and sunset


Fata Morgana Studios

The sitting area looks surrounded by nothing but deep blue sea


Fata Morgana Studios

Our balcony also had great views of Chora, the main town on Folegandros


Church of Koimisis tis Theotokou in Folegandros

This was our balcony view of the Church of Koimisis tis Theotokou at sunset …


Fata Morgana Studios balcony view

… and this was our view of the moon high above Chora at sunset one evening


Fata Morgana Studios Folegandros

With all those views, I loved sitting on the balcony when we weren’t hiking around Folegandros (which is one of the best islands for walking)


Hotel Tagoo balcony

This was the semi-private sea-view terrace for our first room at Hotel Tagoo


Hotel Tagoo Mykonos view

To the left was this view of the hotel next door to Tagoo. The hillside in the distance is the Apollonia area of Mykonos island.


Hotel Tagoo balcony view

This was the direct sea view from our second room at Hotel Tagoo


Hotel Tagoo balcony view

Our balcony overlooked the swimming pool deck for another hotel lower down the hillside in what is known as the Tagoo district of Mykonos


Hotel Tagoo Mykonos views

The upper levels of Hotel Tagoo offer superb views of the sea and nearby islands


Hotel Tagoo views

On a clear day, the shimmering sea looks silver under the glare of the blazing sun


Hotel Tagoo Mykonos view

Standing on the swimming pool deck, two Hotel Tagoo guests watch as a four-masted luxury cruise ship sails out of Mykonos port


Hotel Tagoo swimming pool terrace at sunset

Guests watch a sunset from the swimming pool terrace at Hotel Tagoo


Hotel Tagoo Mykonos sunset view

The incredible sunset views make the Hotel Tagoo swimming pool terrace a popular gathering spot for guests each evening