Just 21 miles north of Rhodes Town, steep, rugged Symi is outstandingly picturesque.

Description

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.

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.

Beaches

There is no lack of wonderful beaches on Symi. You will find fantastic snorkeling possibilities at Yialos, Pedi, Emporios, 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.

Highlights

  • Visit the ultimate island for complete relaxation
  • Step back in time and take it easy for a week or two
  • Stunning small sandy beaches dotted around the island
  • Wide variety of charming fish tavernas & cafes all around the pretty harbour front

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.

Things To Do

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.

Taxi Boat: A great way to explore the island and its bays.

Great Excursions in Symi

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.

 

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.

The Catacombs: (the twelve caves) and Roman mosaics at Nimborio.

Transport

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.

Our favourites in Symi

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