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Vacations in Symi (Dodecanese - Greece)

Symi: Holidays on a majestic island with virgin beaches

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Area Dodecanese Best for Quiet
Perfecture Dodecanese Cost Low
Access Ship Size 58 Square Kilometers
Beaches Pebble Distance 450 Kilometers

Vacations in Symi island - Symi, Holidays on a majestic island with virgin beaches

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Why Symi

  • For quiet vacations in an island untouched by tourism
  • For strolls in a lordly, preserved settlement
  • For exceptional food and the famous shrimp of Symi
  • To visit Panormitis with its beautiful museums

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.
  • Agios Emilianos (West Symi): It is not even a beach, but it is worth a visit for the rare sight with the church of Agios Emilianos.
  • Agios Vasilios (West Symi): A peaceful and scenic beach with dark sand and scattered large rocks.
  • Nanou (Southeast Symi): A fantastic beach with large white pebbles and green-blue water, one of the most scenic beaches of Symi.
  • Marathounta (South Symi): A beach with calm crystal water, white pebble and easy access.
  • Panormitis (South Symi): A wind-free little sandy beach with a little pebble where the road ends.
  • Sesklia (South Symi): A small pebble beach with clean sea and many large trees along the coast.
  • Toli (South Symi): A small picturesque beach with pebble, crystal sea and few oleanders.
  • Nimporio (Northwest Symi): An unorganized beach with thin pebble and road access.
  • Pedi (Northeast Symi): A small organized beach with transparent calm sea. Here there are boats for the rest of Symi's beaches.
  • Agia Marina (Northeast Symi): A small organized beach with calm turquoise sea.
  • Nos (North Symi): This is one of the most popular beaches of Symi with sand, little pebble and deep blue sea.
  • Agios Georgios Dysalonas (East Symi): One of the best beaches on Symi with pebble and turquoise water.
  • Agios Nikolaos (East Symi): A small organized stretch of sand with clean shallow sea and many trees.

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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.

Symi Archaeological - Folklore Museum

The Archaeological Museum of Symi is housed in mansion with 3 rooms and a pebbled courtyard with large sculptures.

Folklore Museum of Panormitis

It is housed in the Panormitis Monastery, along with the Symi Ecclesiastical Museum. It has an interesting collection of underwater antiquities.

Ecclesiastical Museum of Panormitis

It is also housed in the Panormitis Monastery and it hosts countless manuscripts with elaborate decoration, portable icons, sacred vessels embroidered vestments, offerings, etc.

Panormitis Monastery

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.

Symi Tour

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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