Vathi is located in a sheltered bay in the southwest side of Sifnos, 10 km from Apollonia, the capital of the island. It is a picturesque, seaside village which in the old days was a village of potters in which some of the most traditional ceramics of Sifnos were made. In recent years it has experienced residential and tourist development and has become a popular tourist destination. Its beautiful beach with the golden sand and the crystal-clear waters attracts many tourists every summer. Many sailboats also find refuge in Vathi, since its bay is one of the most protected in Sifnos. The toponym Vathi means that the port is located at a lower point in relation to the surrounding area.
The landmark of Vathy is the monastery of Taxiarches, built in the small port. The monastery celebrates 3 times a year, July, September and November. The cells that once housed the monks have been now turned into guesthouses. In Vathi there are rooms for rent, groceries, cafes, pottery workshops as well as one of the largest and most luxurious hotels in the Cyclades. In the taverns standing by the sea, you can taste traditional dishes of Sifnos and fresh fish. There is a parking lot at the entrance of the village where you can park your vehicle as cars are not allowed in the settlement.
On the way to Vathi, you can find the monastery of Fyrogia and one of the most important archaeological sites of Sifnos, the Acropolis of Agios Andreas with the homonymous church built in 1701. Almost in the middle of the route to Vathy there is the monastery of Taxiarchis of Mersini (1738), with amazing views of Platis Gialos. Do not forget to visit the pottery workshops in Vathi, where you can watch how they are made and buy pottery products of Sifnos.