Kato (“lower”) Petali is a small village, situated only one kilometer northeastern to Apollonia. The village is built on a low hill. It counts only a few permanent residents occupied in agriculture and tourism.
A few alternatives for accommodation and some other facilities are available in the settlement.
It is worth seeing the famous church of Zoodochos Pege (Virgin Mary, the Spring of Life) built in the 19th century. The church has an excellent stone paved courtyard, a unique sample of the local folk art. The entire village is also a nice sample of traditional architecture and has been extensively studied by many scholars, mainly Germans, who deal with the local architectural heritage. The visitor should also see the neoclassic building of the former Elementary School which today houses the Music School of Sifnos. A bit eastwards to the settlement it is found the Holy Monastery of Aghios Ioannis Chrysostomos, dated in the 17th century; the monastery has housed the first school established in Sifnos. Finally, it is worth visiting the old and very scenic church of Panaghia tou Koukia or Myrtidiotissa, dedicated to Virgin Mary. The church, dated in the 17th century, is situated at a site full of olive trees, southern to the village.
For any problem you should address to the corresponding services of Apollonia, only one kilometer far away to the South.
Access from the port of Kamares and from Apollonia is possible by public buses running regularly, by taxi and by private means (car or motorbikes). The fans of walking will certainly enjoy covering the short distance from and to Apollonia on foot.
Ano (“upper”) Petali is a small village, quite close to Apollonia (some 1,5 kilometers far away at the North); the name “petali” means “rocky height”.The settlement counts only a few permanent residents living on agriculture and tourism.
A few accommodation facilities and other services are offered to the visitors of the village; one of the main attractions is the famous traditional café “tou Fellou”.
Once in the village, you may visit the church of Aghios Antypas, dated in the 17th century; the architecture of the church is the most interesting feature. Apart from the church, the most impressive sightseeing of the village is the excellent view of the sea eastern to the settlement.
In case of emergence you should address to the corresponding services of the nearby capital Apollonia, some 1,5 kilometers southern to Ano Petali.
Access to the village from the port of Kamares and from Apollonia is easy by public buses with regular service, by taxi and by rented or private car and motorbikes. As the distance from and to Apollonia is quite short, access to the village is also possible on foot, an ideal choice for the fans of walking.