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Holidays In Yialos

Yialos Holidays at a Glance

The majority of the island's population (approximately 3,000) live in the two districts, Yialos and Chorio, which make up the main settlement on the island: Symi Town. Yialos (or bay, in Greek) contains the harbour; a beautiful small port, cosmopolitan in character, with a diverse variety of tavernas, bars and cafes strewn around the quayside, while the Chorio (village) further up, although less developed, retains a sense of the old Greece, with its narrows passages, traditional kafenions and its numerous old ruins. The two districts are connected by the famous Kali Strata; a spectacular set of 375 or so (opinion varies!) stone steps.It has many souvenirs shops, some of which are unique to Symi.

Who holidays in yialos?
For those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the larger Greek islands, and also those who place local character and charm high on their list of priorities.

Key Facts - Yialos

  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Dialing Code00 30
  • Time Difference+2 GMT

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.

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.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.
Mountain Climbing: Located 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.

Yialos Holidays - Excursions


Island cruise: A lazy day of relaxation and serious sun bathing. A delicious BBQ, swimming, snorkelling 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. Not to be missed.

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 Yialos 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 Yialos 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.

Car: We do not have car hire available in Symi.

Yialos 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 Yialos - Beaches

There is no lack of wonderful beaches on Symi. You will find fantastic snorkelling possibilities at Yialos, Pedio, 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.

Sun beds and umbrellas are available and it goes without saying the glorious Mediterranean sun always shines in Symi.

Weather and climate information

Max Temp FAprMayJunJulAugSepOct
Rhodes69748084848075
London56616871706656
Sunshine HoursAprMayJunJulAugSepOct
Rhodes71012121196
London5676653

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