The name 'Kamares (which means arch or vaulted roof) originates from the many caves that were previously on the rocky south coast of the bay.
The positions of these arched caves are now occupied by houses, shops and cellars, where boats are sheltered in the winter time to protect them from storms.
Kamares is the largest coastal village and port in Sifnos since the end of last century. The main village stretches along the right side of the inlet that forms the bay of Kamares. Here you’ll find the pier of the harbor, travel agencies, grocery stores, restaurants, pastry and pottery shops, bikes and cars for rent, newspaper kiosks, and even a private campground where you can pitch a tent. The western fringes of the settlement hold the mansions of the wealthy.

grand-view kamares

Up the end of the pier on the right find the street going up to Apollonia, find the work of the head physician and Senator G. Koulouris, whose action among other works, is the opening of the central street driveways.
Facing the foot of the mountain of Saint Simeon in the port, notice the developed district of Agia Marina or Pera Panta, where taverns and rent rooms are also located. The two arms of the harbor are joined by the golden sandy beach.
Some of the older buildings of Kamares are the churches of Saint George and Saint Barbara (construction 1785, renovated 1906), the lighthouse (1896), remains of the furnaces and the loading ladder ore (1883) and the old dock ( 1909).
Other churches in Pera Panta are the Holy Anargyroi, Saint Anna, Saint Catherine and the end of Agia Marina, from where visitors can enjoy the sunset over Kamares Bay.
The beach of Kamares won for the first time in 2002 the Blue Flag Beach Award of the European Union due to its extreme cleanliness and excellent conditions for safe, relaxing swimming.