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Holidays In Syros

Syros Holidays at a glance

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This is solid proof that for UK Press & public, Greece is a top holiday destination, an easy and safe to explore country, capable to satisfy every taste and budget.

Situated in the heart of the Cyclades, Syros is a small compact island that provides all that is essential for perfect holidays. Boasting a selection of secluded, sandy beaches, a rich history, warm and friendly locals, charming fishing villages and a varied nightlife, Syros has a little something to offer everyone.

Who holidays in Syros?

Holidays in Syros are great for holidaymakers looking for a nice balance between tourism and normal working life, so you can enjoy the trappings of a tourist resort and sample the unspoilt culture. Syros holidays offer a chance to explore the interesting history with sites such as the striking capital Ermoupolis with its Venetian mansions and neoclassical buildings.



Key Facts - Syros

  • CapitalErmoupoli
  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Time Difference+2 GMT
  • Flight Duration from UK3 - 4 hours (Approx)
  • Nearest AirportMykonos (JMK) - Ferry Transfer to Syros

Syros Holidays - Destination Profile

Syros is also home to Hermoupolis, the capital of the Cyclades and one of the busiest ports in the Aegean. Combining some of the best sightseeing on the island and plentiful shops, cafes and restaurants hidden in tiny streets, Hermoulpolis is a town just waiting to be discovered.

Galissas is located on the east coast of Syros and boasts one of the best sandy beaches on the island. The atmosphere in this resort is relaxed but ultimately comes to life in the summer with its numerous bars, cafes and tavernas.

Holidays in Syros - Things to see

Town Hall in the famous Miaoulis Square in Hermoupoli.

Apollo Municipal Theatre. The Apollon Theatre is situated behind the Town Hall in Hermoupolis. It was built in 1861 to the design of the French architect Chabeau and its outward appearance presents a small-scale copy of the Scala of Milan.

Church of the Christ's Transfiguration (Metamorphosis). Visit the church of Hermoupolis with its excellent woodcarvings and icons.

Temple of Ayios Nicolaos , that is the third largest church of Greece.

Village of Posedonia that was named after the second greatest town of the island of Posedonia, which is also named Delagrazia after the small church of Virgin Mary (Madona Dela Grazia).

Old city of Ano Syros founded in the 13th century. Ano Syros translates in English as 'Upper Syros' and its walls, narrow lanes and arches, has kept much of its medieval character. The steep streets and countless steps lend the town the charm of a bygone age.

Things to do on a Holiday in Syros

Drive to the sandy Agathopes beach for a swim, or to the resort of Galissas for windsurfing and waterskiing.

Hire a fishing boat and explore the small caves and coves in the north of the island

Enjoy the opera productions that take place in the Apollon theatre during peak season.

Grammata Beach Cruise: One day boat excursion. We will leave from Galissas and sails along the west coast of Syros. We will stop to several beaches, in particular Grammata beach which is only accessible by boat. Food and wine are included in the price.

Eating/Drinking During Syros 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 Syros Holidays

Ferry: Syros is connected daily with Piraeus (Athens airport) (4 hours with a ferry, 2 hours with a catamaran), Tinos, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos and Amorgos. Four times a week with Andros, Santorini, and Ios. Three times a week with Folegandros and Sikinos.

Taxi: You will find many taxis in Ermoupoli at Miaoulis Square and at the dock.

Bus: The buses of the public bus company (KTEL) serve all the areas near Ermoupoli (Ano Syros, Vrontado, Dili) and all the villages.

Car Hire: Car hire can be organised locally on the island.

Syros Holidays Shopping

Local products include the famous loukoumi (Greek delight), almond pie and liqueurs.

Also handcrafted items, icons, art, fashion and all the latest designer clothes.

Holidays in Syros - Beaches

Agathopes is considered as one of the best beaches of the island along with Galissas.

Many beautiful beaches are easily accessible and should not be missed: Azolimnos, Vari, Abela, Achladi, Megas Gialos, Kimata (small bay), Varvaroussa.

From Kini you can take small boats to the northern secluded beaches of the island.

Weather and climate information

Max Temp F Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Syros 21 23 27 29 29 27 24
London 13 16 20 22 21 19 13
Sunshine Hours Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Syros 7 10 12 12 11 9 6
London 5 6 7 6 6 5 3

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