The toponym Kamara or Kamares derives from the many caves that existed on the rocky south coast of the bay. Kamares is the largest coastal village and the port of Sifnos.
The central settlement extends at the right side of the bay of Kamares. Here you shall find the port’s dock, ATM, travel agencies, stores, groceries, traditional taverns, restaurants, cafeterias, bars, patisserie workshops, potter’s workshops with genuine ceramics of Sifnos, rooms to let, hotels, car and motorcycle renting offices, greek press agency, a kiosk, a private camping area, a diving center, a cruise boat that organizes tours around Sifnos. At the west border of the settlement the mansions of the wealthy residents of Sifnos.
Opposite, at the foot of the mountain of Agios Simeon, where the homonymous monastery is situated, and almost next to the monastery of Profitis Helias of Troullaki, there is the quarter of Agia Marina, or Pera Panda, where you shall find taverns, restaurants, coffee-bars and hotels and rooms to let.
The two bosoms of the port are separated by the sea and connected by a golden large sandy beach on of the biggest in Sifnos. The beach of Kamares was awarded the blue flag of the European Union, because it meets the criteria of the project: (Coast Organization, Cleanness, Bathers’ safety). Some of the oldest buildings of Kamares at the central settlement are the temples of Agios Georgios and of Agia Varvara (erection: 1785, renovation 1906), the Fanari (1896), ruins from the furnaces and the shipping scale for the ore (1883) and the old pier (1909).
It is worth visiting the Church of Agia Marina in Pera Panda, from where one can enjoy a magic sunset in Sifnos.