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Serifos Practical info


General Info

CLIMATE
Serifos shares the typical weather of Cyclades. During the summer, the heat is dry around 30-35 degrees Celsius and usually 3-4 degrees lower than in continental Greece. The famous “meltemia”, which are strong winds, blow all around the Aegean Sea, but especially in Cyclades, during the month of August. Sometimes they are too strong, something that necessitates the prohibition of sea traveling. However, they are also beneficial, since the heat is quite intense in July and August. So the winds are much needed and awaited.

During the winter months there is a lot of rainfall and humidity. Snow rarely makes its appearance and the cold is mild.

TELEPHONE
National prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad.
 
Area Code for Serifos is 22810 and the local phone numbers have 5 digits. If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialing the other country’s national prefix (i.e Germany is 0049, England is 0044 etc.) and then continue with the desired area code and number. 

CURRENCY
Euro €
Euro Coins: 1 and 2 euro coins (gold and silver colour) 10, 20 and 50 cents (gold colour) 1, 2 and 5 cents (copper colour) 1 euro = 100 cents/centimes
Euro Bank Notes: come in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive changes for 200 and 500 euro notes.


Getting there
BY BOAT
Serifos has one main port, which is located in Livadi. The island is accessed by conventional and high speed boats, as well as by helicopters. It’s also important to say that the naturally protected port is extremely popular among sailing aficionados. Every year, especially during the month of August, the port is packed by sailing boats from all over the world.

The trip with a conventional boat takes about 5 hours (usually leaves at 7am and reaches the island around noon) and with a high speed boat it takes about 3 hours.
During the summer months, there are ferries that connect Serifos with other nearby islands, such as Sifnos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Kythnos etc.  

Ventouris Sea Lines (conventional boat) – Agios Georgios has been for many years the conventional boat that connects Piraeus with Serifos, especially during the winter months. For accurate timetables and tickets visit the company’s website: www.ventourissealines.gr.

High Speed (high speed boat) - For accurate timetables and tickets visit the Hellenic Seaways website at www.hellenicseaways.gr.  

Local Transportation
The road network of the island is somewhat decent, but keeps getting better. During the summer months there are frequent bus itineraries between Livadi and Hora and between Livadi and several destinations in the island (mainly beaches). Few car and scooter rental agencies are also located in Livadi and Livadakia.

LOCAL BUSES
KTEL:    +30 22810 51034

TAXI SERVICE
You can also get around the island by taxi. The main taxi stand is in Livadi. You are advised to ask for the fare before getting in to avoid surprises. If you are in Hora, you need to call in advance to book your ride, especially when it’s after midnight (this is when the bus rides stop).

Galanos Th.:    +30 6973 801051
Gounaris G.:     +30 6944 473044
Moustakas V.:     +30 6944908637
Halida P.:     +30 6932431114

RENT A CAR OR MOTORBIKE
There are few car rental agencies on the island, located in Livadi and Livadakia. Make sure you book well ahead, especially if you are planning on visiting the island during the months of July and August (high season). 

Usually you have to be 21 years old to rent a car and you definitely need a valid driving license. Insurance is optional. Make sure you check the condition of the car beforehand. If you sign for its mint condition, this is how you should return it, otherwise you will be charged with damages. Also, you need to return the car with the amount of gas it had when it was delivered to you.

Be careful. No agency should withhold your driving license or ID card. These can only be photocopied, if necessary, and then delivered back to you. You should carry your personal documents at all times.

You should always remember that the streets across the island are small, sometimes dangerous, on steep cliffs and with abrupt turns. You also need to remember that you cannot park anywhere. Buses are bulky, the streets are narrow and if you are on the way, a tow truck might move your car and you will most definitely get a ticket. Remember not to violate the speed limits. Except from dangerous, some streets are often crossed by animals and/or pedestrians in the middle of nowhere.

Same rules apply in case you are interested in renting a motorcycle or a scooter. Only in this case you need to be extra careful and always wear a helmet

Kartsonaki – Livadakia: +30 22810 51534
Coralli – Livadi: +30 22810 51488
Blue Bird – Livadi: +30 22810 51511 & +30 6936 404404
Politis – Livadi: +30 22810 51116
Tomaso - Rent a car – Livadi: +30 22810 52000

Local Services
BANKS & ATMs

There is only one bank in the island: Alpha Bank. It’s actually a branch and also has an ATM. There is an additional ATM in front of the main bakery.

Bank’s opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 8.00 - 14.30 Friday: 8.00 - 14.00

Alpha Bank: +30 22810 51739

MONEY EXCHANGE

In Alpha Bank you can exchange most common currencies in cash, travelers’ cheques or Eurocheques. However, since there is only one bank in the island it’s better to have your currency already converted in Euro.  

POST OFFICE

The Greek post is called ELTA. The main post office is located in Livadi. Post Boxes in Greece are Yellow.

Post office: +30 22810 51239

POLICE STATION

For any problems related to your hotel, the public services or for general help, do not hesitate to ask for assistance at the local police station.

Tel.: +30 22810 .51300

MUNICIPALITY OF SERIFOS
Tel.: +30 22810 51210

Useful Numbers
•    Port authority: +30 22810 51470

INTERNATIONAL PRESS
You can find International Press in Livadi, at the Agency located near Serifos Beach Hotel. 

HEALTH
•    Local Clinic: +30 22810 51202

PHARMACY 
•    It is located in Livadi, next to the Post Office: +30 22810 51205


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