Vacations in Symi (Dodecanese - Greece)
Symi: Holidays on a majestic island with virgin beaches
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Vacations in Symi island - Symi, Holidays on a majestic island with virgin beaches
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Information On Symi
Symi is a small island which is part of Dodecanese. It is the 8th largest island of the complex while it is located a bit north of Rhodes.
Symi has a mountainous and rocky surface with its largest part being bare, however at some points, mainly at the east part, there are forests of pine and cypress trees.
Symi is an ideal destination for quiet vacations away from stress and anxiety. The lordly capital of the island consists of two districts, the seaside Gialos (Lower Chorio) and the Chorio (Upper Chorio). Kali Strata is the street with the 500 steps that connects the two parts, with intense tourist activity.
The Symi Festival is the most important cultural event of the summer. It is open from July to September, including performances, exhibitions, literature evenings and more with the participation of famous Greek and foreign artists.
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Beaches Of Symi
The beaches are not the strong point of Symi, as most of them are small and only accessible by sea or by plenty of walking. However, they are scenic beaches with crystal water and pure beauty untouched by tourism.
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Travel To Symi
There is a ferry for Symi from the port of Piraeus a few times per week but the trip takes at least 16 hours. A better approach is to take a ferry or a plane to Rhodes island, from which it is a short trip (at least one hour) to Symi with daily routes.
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Transportation On Symi (Car Rentals)
There is a bus service in Symi but it only covers that distance between Gialos, Chorio and Pedi. Cars are not all that useful as the island has a limited road network. However, you can reach most of the beaches by boat.
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Accommodation On Symi (Hotels, Apartments, Guesthouses, Rooms to let)
Most accommodation of Symi is located in Gialos and Chorio. It is therefor advised to stay there, as that is also the most scenic place on the island.
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Food & Drink On Symi
Symi is famous for its shrimp, as it is a very small and rare type of shrimp which is abundant in these waters. You should also try gaelopita which is essentially a smelt pie, as well as fresh fish and seafood. For dessert have the local akoumia, which are similar to donuts.
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What To Buy On Symi
Symi has a long tradition in sponge-diving so make sure you get a sponge as a souvenir. You can also buy exceptional local products like dried figs, rusks and honey.
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Attractions On Symi
The lordly settlement of Symi is built amphitheatrically at the side of a hill, while having been classified as preserved.
The Archaeological Museum of Symi is housed in mansion with 3 rooms and a pebbled courtyard with large sculptures.
It is housed in a neoclassical house of Gialos since 1990 and it hosts nautical equipment, parts, tools and ship models of local ships.
It is housed in the Panormitis Monastery, along with the Symi Ecclesiastical Museum. It has an interesting collection of underwater antiquities.
It is also housed in the Panormitis Monastery and it hosts countless manuscripts with elaborate decoration, portable icons, sacred vessels embroidered vestments, offerings, etc.
This is the most important attraction of Symi. The most impressive things are the wonderful bell town and the whole body icon of Archangel Michael, decorated with gold and silver offerings.
The tour of Symi by boat is a great way to visit some of the inaccessible beaches.
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Alternative Islands To Symi
Symi is not what you are looking for? Then one of the following nearby islands might interest you:
Rhodes (20 klm from Symi)
Tilos (31 klm from Symi)
Halki (36 klm from Symi)
Kos (45 klm from Symi)
Nisyros (46 klm from Symi)
Kalymnos (73 klm from Symi)
Karpathos (84 klm from Symi)
Leros (94 klm from Symi)
Astypalaia (112 klm from Symi)
Lipsi (112 klm from Symi)
Patmos (126 klm from Symi)
Kasos (138 klm from Symi)
Kastelorizo (157 klm from Symi)
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Islands Connected To Symi
There is a ferry from Symi to the following islands:
Astypalaia (direct connection to Symi)
Kalymnos (direct connection to Symi)
Kastelorizo (direct connection to Symi)
Kos (direct connection to Symi)
Leros (direct connection to Symi)
Lipsi (direct connection to Symi)
Naxos (direct connection to Symi)
Nisyros (direct connection to Symi)
Patmos (direct connection to Symi)
Rhodes (direct connection to Symi)
Santorini (direct connection to Symi)
Tilos (direct connection to Symi)
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