Holidays in Syros island
The aristocratic Syros, the capital of the Cyclades and the birthplace of Markos Vamvakaris (a Greek well known composer), is a special place with unique architectural character and unique aura.
The first image the visitor sees reaching the port is impressive: two adjacent hills, crowned with the temples of the Resurrection of the Orthodox and the St George the Catholic, seem to symbolize the harmonious coexistence of the Orthodox and the Catholic communities!
The island's capital, as well as that of the Cyclades, is Hermoupolis. In this prestigious city, you will not find the classic whitewashed Cycladic houses with the blue shutters, but instead buildings of special neoclassical architecture, painted with pastel colours, that give the place incomparable nobility! Magnificent public buildings designed by famous architects, imposing neoclassical mansions and beautiful private homes compose a scene the like of which does not exist!
The ride starts from Hermoupolis’ Port; the largest port of the Cyclades; which unfolds under Syros’ "twin" hills. Along the harbor, you will find numerous café/bars, nightclubs and taverns overlooking the deep blue Aegean Sea, as well as shops where you can buy traditional Syros’ products and souvenirs. At the edge of the harbor, the Nisaki (Small Island), as it is called, is dominated by the imposing buildings of the Customs Office and the Warehouse Transit. In the heart of the city, there is Miaoulis square, with the statue of the fighter, adorned with high palm trees. Visitors’ eye is captured by the beautiful Town Hall building; a masterpiece of classic architecture, designed by Ernst Ziller. An important attraction of the square is the Cultural Center. Behind the Town Hall there is the historic first High School of modern Greece which nowadays houses a branch of the University of the Aegean. Do not forget to visit the Apollo Municipal Theatre, which was built in the Italian architecture standards and has been characterized by many as a "miniature of La Scala". Hermoupolis also hosts some major museums, including the Archaeological Museum and the Industrial Museum. Scattered through the island's capital, are many stylish café/bars, taverns and restaurants with excellent cuisine. Syros, after all, is famous for its good food!
One of the most beautiful and most romantic "corners" of the island is the classy Vaporia village, known as the "Venice of Syros." Magnificent mansions buildings, formerly housing the bourgeois of the 19th century, embracing the seawater, create a dreamy image which takes the breath away and seems to have sprung from a painting! In Vaporia the magnificent church of St. Nicholas, with the characteristic blue dome stands out. Outside the temple, you will see the stone lion; a monument in honor of the country’s unburied fighters. It is also worth visiting the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, who stands at the top of the Dili hill, offering magnificent views!
In the facing hill of Saint George, the picturesque Ano Syros village lies; a fine example of a medieval settlement. Homes painted white or at the colour of ocher, with colorful doors and shutters, countless stairs, narrow, cobbled streets and "stegadia" (roofed passages) compose the picture of this attractive district. At the top of the hill, stands the majestic church of Saint George, which is the Catholic Cathedral. From here, the view is stunning! This point is ideal to admire the neighboring Cycladic islands and enjoy the sunset. During your walk in Ano Syros, try to find the Catholic Jesuit monastery, with the church of Panagia tou Karmilou (Our Lady of Carmel) and the Catholic Capuchin monastery, with the old church of St. John. In Ano Syros, you will also find two Orthodox churches; the Church of St. Nicholas the Poor and the Agia Triada (the Holy Trinity). Major attractions are the Markos Vamvakaris Museum, the Exhibition of Traditional Professions and the Historical Archive. Look also for the bust of the philosopher Pherecydes and the Markos Varvakaris Square, with the bust of the composer. In Ano Syros, you will find stylishly cafés, ouzo tavernas and Greek restaurants with breathtaking views as well as some of the finest hotels on the island, ideal for those who prefer the tranquility and the relaxed rhythms of Ano Syros.
Unforgettable experience is visiting in Syros at Easter, as the island is, if not the only one certainly, one of the few places in the world where Catholics and Orthodox celebrate together. The aristocratic beauty of the city of Hermes (Hermoupolis) and the unpretentious charm of the medieval Ano Syros compose a place totally lovable, which rightly has earned the title of the "Sovereign of the Cyclades"!
Syros island has numerous, mainly sandy, beaches. In Hermoupolis, at Vaporia, you will find the Asteria beach, where you can swim, overlooking the magnificent neoclassical buildings, that seem to spring up through the water! The deep blue of the Aegean Sea is "married" in harmony with the fabulous views of Vaporia, creating an image that will be unforgettable! Heading south, within walking distance from Hermoupolis, you will find the sandy beach of Azolimnos, where umbrellas and sunbeds are offered. Following, there is the small bay of Vari. Next to Vari there is the small, sandy Achladi beach, which has parasols and sun loungers.
One of the most popular beaches is Megas Gialos. It is sandy and has some umbrellas. If you prefer being protected from the sun, you will find trees that provide natural shade. After Megas Gialos, you will find one of the most cosmopolitan beaches of the island, the organized, sandy Agathopes beach. Then, Posidonia beach, is also sandy, with several umbrellas and trees. In the village of Phinikas, there is the homonymous beach, along which there are café/bars and taverns. After Phinikas (Phoenix), you will find the beach of Sousouni or Kokkina, which is not organized. At the organized beaches of the island the sandy beach of Galissas, providing guests with all the comforts is included.
In Kini, you will find a sandy beach with umbrellas and sun loungers, as well as a statue of a mermaid who saves a castaway. Beautiful sandy beach with crystal clear water is the beach of Delfini. Those who love tranquility and isolation should choose the pristine beaches of Varvaroussa, Aeto, Lea and Grammata.
- The Cathedral of the Metamorfosi tou Sotiros (of the Transfiguration of the Savior)
- The Cathedral of the Koimisi tis Theotokou (the Assumption), where the homonymous painting, work of Dominikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco)
- The Gallery of the Cyclades
- The neoclassical mansions in Delagratsia (Poseidonia)
- The shipyard facilities at Karnagio and Tarsana
- The aquarium in Kini
- The carved inscriptions on the cliffs of the coast in the Grammaton bay
- The Cave of Pherecydes
- At Agathopes beach
- At Kini beach
- At Galissas beach
- At Poseidonia beach
- At Megas Gyalos beach
- At Foinikas beach
- Nougat Pies
- San Michael Cheese
- Thyme Honey
- Sun Dried Tomatoes
How to get there
Travelling by plane
You can reach Syros by air from Athens International Airport - Eleftherios Venizelos with a direct flight or from Macedonia Airport in Thessaloniki via Athens.
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Travelling by boat
Syros can also be reached by boat from the harbor of Piraeus with the ships of Blue Star Ferries, Hellenic Seaways and NEL Lines.
For more information on the ferry routes to Syros visit the web sites of the companies:
Connection with other islands
Syros is connected by boat to the islands of Syros, Tinos, Andros, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Santorini, Thirasia, Anafi, Amorgos, Folegandros, Schinoussa, Koufonissia, Donoussa, Astypalea, Kythnos, Kea, Ios, Sikinos, Folegandros, Milos, Kimolos, Serifos, Sifnos.
Transfer within the Island
For your transportation on the island you can use the Intercity Buses (KTEL Bus of Syros) as well as taxies.
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During your stay in Syros, you can be served for health issues:
General Hospital of Syros which is located in Ermoupolis, Tel: (+30) 22810 96500, 86666, 96523
Useful phone numbers
Syros Port Authority: (+30) 22810 88888, 82690
Syros Airport: (+30) 22810 81900
Police Station of Syros: (+30) 22810 96100, 96112, 96127
Fire Station of Syros: (+30) 22810 87383-5
General Hospital of Syros: (+30) 22810 96500, 86666, 96523
Intercity Bus of Syros: (+30) 22810 82575
TAXI: (+30) 22810 86222, 84222