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Fast Facts

  • Location:In the Dodecanese Islands north west of Rhodes Islands in Aegean Sea
  • Significance: Island
  • Attraction type: A unique island different from other Greek slands
  • Best Time to Visit: March to September
  • How to Reach: By flight to Rhodes or Kos, and then by boat
  • Nearest Airport: Rhodes International Airport

Symi, among the smaller islands of Dodecanese group, is a fabulous destination offering a combination of the most peaceful beaches, a horseshoe shaped natural harbor, structured houses, and a clean shoreline all under preservation. Unlike other Greek villages, the buildings of Symi are built in neo-classical style, which is the most discernible feature of this coastal destination. Either two or three storied, these houses reflect the economic well-being of the inhabitants of Symi who are primarily engaged in boat making and sponge cultivation.

Symi Island in the Aegean Sea to the north of Rhodes Island is the perfect place for a summer holiday. It is a place for relaxation, rejuvenation, imagination, and adventure. The ambiance of Symi in Greece is so tempting that you cannot help but admire this ethereal island. Not a single moment of your vacation would be spent in boredom in this fabulous island.

Activities in Symi

The best way to discover this island is on foot. From where the bus stops in Chorio, walk up the alleys which remind you of ancient charm. Cobble stoned paths with archways at intervals would take you to the glorious era of Greek civilization. As you climb the steps and make your way up to Chorio from Kali Strata, you would notice old ruined houses. Near the top of the mound, windmill ruins are amazing. This mound top offers great views of the island and the seas beyond. Discover 365 chapels representing each day of a year around Symi Island. You might also hire a motorbike for exploring this island.

Take a stroll to Nimborio Bay featured by a pebbly beach and a natural amphitheater formed by ragged hills. A refreshing swim in this bay is very inspiring. From Pedi Bay, take a water taxi to Agios Nikolas or Agios Georgios. The former is a family beach with provisions for safe swimming, natural shade provided by trees, and taverns, while Agios Georgios is fit for swimming of regular swimmers. Taverns in these beaches provide snacks, beverages, and light meals. In Pedi Bay itself, you might relax under umbrellas on sun beds.

July to September is fun time as it is the season of Symi festival. This three month long festival features classical and traditional musical performances, open-air cinema, theaters, art exhibitions, and literary events.

Eating and Staying in Symi

Symi has an enviable tradition of preparing exotic Mediterranean and traditional recipes. Some eateries only prepare items from fresh ingredients, or organically produced vegetables and grains. At Manos Fish Restaurant enjoy their grilled octopus, fresh king prawns, and Kalamari. For authentic Greek recipes, drop in at Aris Taverna and savor their 'kleftiko' or slow roasted lamb in pastry, 'beef stamnas', and 'tirokafteri' or spicy cheese salad. Myloptera is a specialized Mediterranean restaurant.

While touring Symi you could choose your place of stay as per your preferences and budget. In Chorio you might select from Hotel Fiona, Pitini House, Villa Anastasia, Villa Irene, and Taxiarchis Apartments. If you wish to stay in Yialos-Symi Harbor area then you could choose among Marika Hotel, Iapetos Village, Hellenikon Apartment, The Gate House, and the Little Owl.


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