Platis Gialos is one of the biggest sandy beaches of the island and of the Cyclades. It is the most popular choice of the Greek visitors of the island.
In Platis Gialos there are rooms to let, hotels, restaurants, groceries, a tourist agency, cafes, potteries etc. On the left side of the bay there is a port for fishing boats, with a fully equipped marina, where the visitors can find a place to leave their boats. The area of the marina is used during the summer for the organization of big cultural events.
On the beach, there is also the small theater of Platis Gialos.
Every year the beach of Platis Gialos is awarded with the European Union’s blue flag by the FEE, since it meets the criteria of the program (cleanness, organization, water quality, safety, lifeboats, first aid, services, installations etc.)
Among the sights of the area is the White Tower (Aspros Pirgos) which is situated 1, 5 kilometer to the north-east of the beach and which is one of the best preserved of the 76 ancient beacon-towers of the island.
Another interesting place to visit is the church of Saint Sophia, which is situated on the right side of the asphalted road that leads to the entrance of Platis Gialos.
Right across the beach of Platis Gialos, there is the small island of Kitriani (or Kipriani). On the island of Kitriani there is only one building, the homonymous church of the Virgin Mary of Kitriani (Panagia Kitriani), which is the most ancient church of Sifnos (11th century).