Travel to Symi, a vibrant postcard of the Aegean
At the SE end of the Aegean, very close to Rhodes, is Symi, one of the most beautiful and picturesque islands of the Dodecanese, which emerges, like a painting, in the blue waters of the sea. The natural landscape of incomparable beauty, which surrounds the island, its traditional island settlements and the amazing beaches, which protrude along the lacy coastline and in the inland creeks, make Symi a top choice, for a journey full of nobility and style.
The Chora of Symi emerges like a living postcard, in the eyes of every visitor, with its beautiful neoclassical mansions perched, literally, on the stone rocks that surround it. The picturesque port of Gialos, with the anchored boats in its calm waters welcomes, hospitably, everyone, as much as the stone-built alleys and steps, (Kali Strata), lead to the upper town of Chora, where the pandemonium of colors composes a fairytale setting, full of elegant mansions, which, to this day, reflect the glorious historical and naval tradition of Symi.
At the highest point of Chora, the remains of the castle of the Knights of St. John dominate, hosting inside the church of Panagia of the Castle, while the Archaeological and Folklore Museum of the island reveals important aspects of the historical and cultural tradition of the place. A reference point of pilgrimage and respect is the holy monastery of Taxiarch Michael Panormitis, with the magnificent frescoes and the miraculous image inside, while the excursions to the fantastic beaches of the island, Agios Nikolaos, Nanos, Nos, Pedos and others , with their crystal clear waters and golden beaches, will offer endless moments of relaxation and recreation. Finally, a boat trip to the beach of Agios Georgios Dysalonas, the turquoise waters and the high rocks that surround it, will lead all the senses to their peak and will confirm that Symi is truly the earthly paradise of the Aegean.
Food and local cuisine
The local cuisine in Symi presents a wide variety of local specialties with products of exceptional quality. Fresh fish, seafood and shellfish occupy the first place in the delicious tastes of the region, with the Symian shrimp being famous all over Greece for its taste. Try the excellent galeopita, (or atherinopita), as well as the exceptional sweets of Symi, with the Symian akoumia, similar to donuts, Symian buns and rusks, to steal the delicious impressions.
When to visit Symi
Visit Symi during the summer months to combine your trip with a swim in the wonderful beaches of the island and unique excursions in nature.
Moving from/ to Symi
Transportation in Symi
Go by air to Rhodes and then to Symi by boat (1h). Symi is connected by ferry to the port of Piraeus, as well as to all the islands of the Dodecanese, with direct ferry connections, especially during the summer.
Transportation in Symi is available through your personal or rented car. There is a local bus that connects the settlements of the island and the beaches, as well as sea taxis, which take you to the destination of your choice. There are also regular taxis.