Holidays In Symi
Symi Holidays at a glance
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Symi, just 23 miles north of Rhodes is one of the most picturesque of all the islands. The focal point of Symi, Yialos Harbour has a good choice of cafes and restaurants and this area has a certain sophistication to it, with hundreds of Italian style mansions built up on the hills around the quayside. Chorio, the upper part of Symi Town, is situated away from the quayside overlooking the harbour, and here the pace of life is even slower so it is impossible not to feel relaxed in this kind of environment.
Who holidays in Symi?
Holidays in Symi are just the thing for those who want to spend some leisure time either walking or lazing around on the beach. Symi holidays are great for visiting the local coves and secluded beaches via a boat trip.
Key Facts - Symi
- CapitalSymi Town
- Time Difference+2 GMT
- Flight Duration from UK3 - 4 hours (Approx)
- Nearest AirportRhodes (RHO) - Ferry Transfer to Symi
Symi Holidays - Destination Profile
The area has a certain sophistication to it, with hundreds of Italian style mansions built up on the hills around the quayside. Chorio, the upper part of Symi Town, is situated away from the quayside overlooking the harbour, and here the pace of life is even slower so it is impossible not to feel relaxed in this kind of environment.
Holidays in Symi - Things to see
The Monastery of the Archangel Michael Panormitis - A working monastery, originally built in the 6th century. What you see today is the result of restoration from the 18th century. You will be able to view the Byzantine Frescoes and intricately carved Iconostasis.
Nautical Museum - A must to visit during your stay.
Archaeological and Folk Museum - Definitely worth a visit.
Catacombs (the twelve caves) and Roman mosaics at Nimborio.
Things to do on a Holiday in Symi
Mountain climbing - in St George's disalona which is well known for its unique quarried rock face. People travel all around the world to climb it. Access is only by taxi boat.
Walking - Excellent walking terrain all around the island and there are several guided tours available. A stroll around the harbour of Symi with its superb neo-classical mansions is also recommended.
Explore the island and its bays by taxi boat.
Island cruise: A lazy day of relaxation and serious sun bathing. A delicious BBQ, swimming, snorkeling and fishing if you fancy...
Island Discovery Take a ride inland, and then stroll with our guide and sail to Sesklia for a BBQ lunch and refreshing swim.
Visit Datcha Let the magic of Turkey captivate you. Discover the Ottoman empire. Visit Asia whilst on holiday.
We would advise that you secure your place on these and other days out at the Welcome Get Together, on the day after arrival. Places are limited.
Eating/Drinking During Symi Holidays
Greece holidays are truly a paradise for food lovers; speciality dishes include keftedes (meatballs with oregano and mint), dolmades (rice and herbs wrapped in vine leaves) and souvlaki (grilled skewers of meat). Try a Greek meze (a selection of different Greek dishes to taste a little of everything). To compliment your meal, restaurants offer a number of delicious, inexpensive local wines varying from area to area. Or try a glass of ouzo, Greece's national drink.
Major resorts provide a wide variety of bars and restaurants with something to suit all tastes, from all-night discos and international restaurants to cosy little tavernas serving typical Greek fare. Nightlife in the smaller resorts tends to centre round the latter where the charm lies in their authenticity and more traditional feel.
Getting Around on Symi Holidays
Boat : Water taxis operate out of Pedi and Yialos to the various beaches. Excursion boats may also be booked in Yialos. This is the best way to travel around the island as there are only rough tracks or paths in Symi except the route from Gialos to Pedi.
Bus : The Symi bus leaves the harbour on the hour for Chorio and Pedi. It returns from Pedi on the half-hour. The late afternoon service from Pedi can be quite crowded at the height of the season.
Symi Holidays Shopping
Traditional handmade items like ceramics, textiles, honey, wine, Jewellery and several local artists' paintings for sail.
Quality leather goods with luxurious leather bags that are handmade.
Sea Sponges which was the islands main income until tourism.
Holidays in Symi - Beaches
There is no lack of wonderful beaches on Symi. You will find fantastic snorkeling possibilities at Yialos, Pedi, Emborios, Marathounda and Nanou, as well as the nearby islets of Agina, Marina, and Nimos. The water is crystal clear and there is an abundance of sea life.
Sunbeds and umbrellas are available and it goes without saying the glorious Mediterranean sun always shines in Symi.
Weather and climate information
April, May and September/October are recommended as the temperature is more bearable for walking and other outdoor activities. The flora in spring will be in its full glory.
The temperature in July and August can reach 90F but there is a lovely cooling breeze.
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