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Sikinos Practical info


General Info

CLIMATE
Sikinos Island is located at the south part of the Cyclades between Folegandros to the west and Ios to the east. Generally the island has a dry climate with mild winters and hot summers. Despite the fact that it is a mountainous and arid island like most of the Cyclades, during the ages the inhabitants developed agriculture, apiculture, pasture and of course fishing. It is also the first island in the Cyclades to be nominated a "Habitat of European Importance".

TELEPHONE
The national prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad. All numbers in the capital Athens start with the prefix 210 and are followed by 7 digits (e.g. 210-3227400).
The Area Code for Sikinos is: +30 22860.
If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialling the other country's national prefix (i.e. 0049 for Germany, 0044 for England etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.

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: Are available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive change for 200 and 500 Euro Notes.


Getting There
BY AIR
There is no airport on Sikinos but visitors can fly to Santorini and take a boat from Santorini's port to Sikinos.

For more information on flights, please visit:

Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos: www.aia.gr

Olympic Airways: For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit Olympic Air website www.olympicair.com
Athens Office: +30 210 355 0500, 8018010101

Aegean Air: For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit Aegean Air website www.aegeanair.com
Tel.: 801 112 0000/+30 210 6261000


BY BOAT

Sikinos is connected to the port of Piraeus with frequent itineraries during summer. It is just 3,5 hours away if you take the speed boat or 7,5 hours with the regular boat.
Sikinos is directly connected by boat with the islands of Folegandros. Ios, Santorini, Serifos, and Sifnos.

Aegean Speed Lines
For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit: www.aegeanspeedlines.gr
Tel.: +30 210 9690950

Ventouris Sea Lines
For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit: www. ventourissealines.gr
Tel.: 210 4114911

Anek Lines: For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit Anek Lines website www.anek.gr
Tel.: +30 210 4197470
E-mail: customerservice@anek.gr


Sikinos Port Authority Tel.: +30 22860 51238
Piraeus Port Authority Tel.: +030 210 4226000, 210 4114005

Sikinos Travel Agency Tel.: +30 22860 51168


Local Transportation
LOCAL BUSES
There is a bus on the island which operates frequent routes from the port of Alopronia to Chora and Episkopi settlement.

Tel.: +30 6937 865866

RENT A MOTORBIKE
Sikinos is a pretty small island with an 8 km long road network, therefore renting a motorbike may be a convenient option but you should also consider that there is only one gas station on the island and only three of the beaches can be accessed by road.

Tel.: +30 22860 51205

LOCAL BOATS
From the port of Alopronia local boats are operating routes to the beaches not accessible by road.

Tel.: +30 6937 261800


Local Services

BANKS & ATMS
On the island there is only one ATM of the National Bank of Greece located in Chora (Kastro).

MONEY EXCHANGE
Post offices exchange cash, but not traveller's cheques, and usually charge lower commissions than banks. Travel agencies and larger hotels exchange cash and traveller's cheques but usually charge a higher commission. Credit cards are accepted in some shops and restaurants, however, in local cafes, especially in villages you will probably have to pay in cash.

POST OFFICE
The Greek post office is called ELTA. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for URGENT mail. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE. The local postal code is 84010.

Sikinos Post Office Tel.: +30 22860 51239

POLICE STATION
Sikinos Police Station Tel.: +30 22860 51222

Municipality of Sikinos
Tel.: +30 22860 51238


Useful Numbers
• Tourist Police: 171
• Hellenic National Meteorological service: +30 210 9699101-3
• Elpa (Car breakdown tourist information service): 174
• Sikinos Port Authority: +30 22860 51238


INTERNATIONAL PRESS
As international press is not to be found on Sikinos, travellers should buy their papers or magazines from Piraeus.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS
• Police: 100
• Fire Department: 199
• Ambulance: 166

HEALTH
Sikinos Health Centre Tel.: +30 22860 51211

PHARMACY
Visitors should take any medicine with them from home or Piraeus (Athens) as there are no pharmacies on Sikinos. For any emergency, there is the health centre of the island too.



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