Part of the Cyclades, this Mediterranean retreat is complete with white beaches and crystal blue waters, pottery making that dates back thousands of years, and villages that uphold ancient traditions. But what really makes this island stand out from the rest is a historic culinary scene that continues to thrive. Sifnos is the birthplace of the first Greek cookbook, written in 1910 by chef Nicholas Tselementes. Over the years, celebrity Greek chefs have opened up restaurants next to local eateries whipping up traditional dishes, from mastélo (goat or lamb cooked in red wine) to chickpea balls flavored with herbs.

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