Holidays in Symi island
The captivating island of Symi is lazily perched in a "corner" of the Aegean Sea, between Rhodes and the coast of Asia Minor. The unique architecture, the cobblestone streets, the beautiful squares and the magnificent beaches create a magical setting!
Chorio or Ano Symi lies on the slopes of a hill, around the Castle of the Knights. The beautiful captain houses with the pebbled floors, the picturesque churches and the narrow streets create an amazing scenery! Walk around in Ano Symi, following the winding paths which will lead you to the square of Laikos Syllogos (People's Association). There, you will find many taverns and shops. It is also worth visiting the Castle, which dominates the highest point of the city. On the hill of the Castle, there is the church of Kira Panagia, offering panoramic views of both Ano Symi and Gialos. Major attractions in Chorio or Ano Symi are the picturesque windmills, the Archaeological and Folklore Museum, the Spetsaria (old pharmacy) and the ancient tomb of Pontikokastro. During your walk in Ano Symi, be sure to follow "Kali Strata"; the old commercial road linking Chorio with the port; wide, stone steps pass between magnificent neoclassical houses, with warm colors in a scenery, which seems to have sprung from a painting!
A seaside part of the capital and main port of the island is the picturesque village of Gialos. Colorful houses with tiled roofs, built amphitheater around the harbor, welcome the visitor. Gialos benchmark is the impressive clock tower built in 1881, which dominates the edge of the pier. During a walk around the harbor, your attention will be stimulated by the elegant neoclassical buildings, including the Town Hall, the Maritime Museum and the Police Station. Another Gialos landmark is "Kalderimi"; the stone bridge which locals call Bridge of Love. On both sides of the bridge, you will find stylishly bars and taverns, which will introduce you to the secrets of Symi’s kitchen. Experience all these having as a background the moored, luxury or not, boats. It is also worth visiting the picturesque dock of Charani; the images of the renowned shipwrights will travel to the past!
From Gialos, you can visit walking the island's second port, Emporio or Niborio. There, you will find the famous Twelve Caves, the caved-domes, which, during the Byzantine period, were thought to be used as painting and sculpture workshops.
On the eastern coast of Symi, unfolds the picturesque harbor of Pedi. Of great interest in this area is the church of St. George as well as the remains of early Christian churches.
Great attraction of Symi is, undoubtedly, the Monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis, which rises in an area of indescribable beauty. Do not miss visiting the Ecclesiastical and Folklore Museum of the monastery, as well as the Library, with the great manuscripts.
In Symi, this colorful land, where the bright ocher of the houses, perfectly marries with the dazzling green of nature and the deep sea’s blue, creating a variety of colors, which seems to have sprung from the canvas of an imaginative painter!
Symi is renowned for its stunning beaches, most of which are accessible by boat.
Within walking distance of Chorio, is the popular beach Nos. One of the most beautiful beaches of the island is St. George Dysalonas, with the impressive, huge rock which vertically rises, on the back of the beach. The sandy Agios Nikolaos beach has umbrellas and sunbeds. Nanou is a beautiful beach with beautiful waters. Southern of Nanou there is the sheltered Marathounta beach.
On the west coast, there is the picturesque beach of Agios Emilianos. Opposite to the beach, there is a small island joined to Symi with a narrow strip of land, where the homonymous church dominates. In Panormitis brach, you will find a small, sheltered cove, while on the southwestern part of Symi, there is Agios Vasilios; one of the most beautiful beaches, accessible either by boat or on foot.
On the east side of Symi, you will find beautiful beaches near Emporio and Pedi. Between Gialos and Pedi, lies the rocky islet of Agia Marina, renowned for its crystal clear waters. Alternatively, you can visit the beaches of the neighboring Nimos and Seskli islands.
Travelling by boat
You can travel to Symi by boat, from the port of Piraeus, on the Blue Star Ferries line, as well as from the port of Rhodes on the ferries of Dodekanisos Seaways.
For more information on the itineraries visit the companies’ sites:
Travelling by airplane
To reach the island of Symi, you can also fly directly from Eleftherios Venizelos - Athens International Airport, as well as from the airports of Rhodes and Kos and then take the ferry-boat to Symi, since the island has no airport.
For more information on the flights schedule from Athens Airport click here:
Connections with other ports
The island of Symi is connected by boat with the islands of Kalimnos, Kos, Agathonisi Rhodes, Patmos, Lipsi, Leros, Nisyros, Tilos, Halki and Kastelorizo.
Transfer within Symi Island
For your transportation on the island you can use the local buses, as well as taxies. You can also rent a car or a motorcycle from any rental office.
During your stay in Symi, you can be served for health issues:
Community Clinic of Yalos, Tel: (+30) 22460 71290
Community Clinic of Chorio, Tel: (+30) 22460 71316
Symis Port Authority: (+30) 22460 71205
Rhodes Port Authority: (+30) 22410 22220, 28888
Police Station of Symi: (+30) 22460 71111
Community Clinic of Yalos: (+30) 22460 71290
Community Clinic of Chorio: (+30) 22460 71316