Symi may be a small island, but lately it has become a top Greek destination. The pastel coloured houses, its wild beauty and its special architecture are just some of the reasons that enchant its visitors, Sputnik Hellas wrote.
Symi is a small island in the Dodecanese, located north of Rhodes and near the southwest coast of Turkey. It is considered the jewel of the Dodecanese and not unjustly. As you approach the port, the first thing that will catch your eye is its special architecture and the pastel colour of the houses.
How do I get there?
The island is accessible either by air or by boat. You first need to go to Rhodes and from there by boat to Symi where you will arrive within 1 hour. If you have your own boat you can leave it at the port of the island.
Symi has a simple beauty and radiates a serenity that can make any visitor fall in love with it. Neoclassical houses with roof tiles take you to another era.
In Symi you should definitely visit the Maritime Museum and see its unique exhibits and learn about the history of the island, as well as the life of the Symian fisherman.
Also, the Municipal clock and the statue of Valsamis “Michalakis” are among the most famous sights.
The afternoon is ideal for a walk on the island as at sunset the colourful houses are beautifully lit and a very romantic atmosphere is created. You can spend your afternoon in one of the dozens of cafes and taste the wonderful coffee with its unique aromas.
If you have time, it is worth visiting the Monastery of Taxiarchis Mihail Panormitis, and the remains of the Castle of the Knights of St. John.
If on the other hand you also like the nightlife, the island has several bars where you can enjoy your drink overlooking the sea.
The beaches of Symi stand out for their untouched beauty and their crystal clear waters.
One of the most famous beaches is Nos, which can be reached either by car, taxi or bus.
Nanou and the beach of Agios Georgios Dysalonas are considered to be among the most beautiful, as their turquoise waters will be one of the most beautiful baths of your life.
Food for… fanatics
The gastronomy of Symi is one of the most special and you indulge in unique flavours. The most famous dish of the island is the Symian shrimp! If you do not know what it is, it is a rare variety of shrimp found only in the sea of the area. Of course, you should try the local fish, while the Symian akoumia stand out from the sweets, which have a similar taste to the donuts.