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For those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the larger Greek islands, and those who prioritise local character and charm.


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 kafeneion 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

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.


  • Picturesque
  • Historical interest
  • Relaxed

Things To Do

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.

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

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 Seskia 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.

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.

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