Jul 18, 2015

A trip to Sikinos

Sikinos is a Cycladic island very close to Santorini, between Ios and Folegandros. The residents that live permanently in the island are more or less 300 and the roads stretch for only 15 kilometers. Apart from the village round the port, Alopronia, there is only one organized village, Chora, consisted of two smaller villages, Castro and Chorio. These two are built on the sides of two hills situated opposite the one to the other, and the Castro (castle), is a fortified village built on the 15th century. Sikinos is ideal for calm and cool vacations, for splendid walks through the lovely paths of the island, and with outstanding view to the blue waters of the breathtaking Aegean. If you visit Sikinos this weekend, you will have the opportunity to attend a local fair and a film festival…

Fair: To celebrate the name day of Prophet Elias, which is at the 20th of July, an evening service is held at the church of Prophet Elias the previous day. After the service bread is shared among the participants and the celebration continues with traditional music (violins) and dance.
Film Festival: During the first day of the festival, the 19th, the movie “Topkapi” (1964) is shown at the port of the island. Directed by Jules Dassin and starring Maximilian Schell, Peter Ustinov and Melina Mercouri, the film is about the theft of a jeweled dagger from Topkapi museum in Instabul. During the second day, the 20th, the movie “Captain’s Corelli mandolin” (2001), a film shot on the Greek island of Kefallonia, is shown in the capital Chora. With Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, John Hurt, Christian Bale. The film is set during WW II, when a fisherman leaves to fight with the Greek army and his fiancée falls in love with the local Italian commander.