SymiGreece.com - All you need to know about Symi
If you want to know about Symi, then try http://www.SymiGreece.com which is a great website full of pictures and where EVERY business on the island has a free webpage. There's a regualr blog, loads of photos, current news, it's brilliant!
As you glimpse the perfectly formed harbour of Symi island town for the first time you are confronted with a beautiful picture-postcard Venetian village. Wonderfully well-preserved houses huddled together as they cling to the steeply rising hills beyond. Symi island in the Dodecanese of Greece, has a true romantic charm enhanced by the lack of any high-rise hotel developments that can be found on other islands.
The waterfront is home to the souvenir shops with the usual displays of T shirts, greek art,... There are couple of shops that are specialize in a wide range of dried herbs. This is also the area where most of the islands tavernas can be found. On Symi island, you will enjoy beautiful bays and pebbled beaches that are best reached by small boats that leave frequently.
Memories of Symi
We all have memories etched into our minds and Symi will add one more to the list. As the Rhodes ferry swings around the last headland, a fantastic sight opens up. Apparently slipping down the barren hillsides, gathered all around the great horseshoe curve of a superb natural harbour, are tiers of yellow - and ochre-coloured houses, interspersed with the white walls and bright red roofs of churches. The houses are not typical Greek village houses but two- and three-storey neo-classical structures, in fact buildings of stature. It is these houses, built in Symi's golden days when the islanders grew wealthy on sponge-diving and boat-building, that now are being restored, one by one, for the island's growing numbers of visitors. And the Greek authorities have placed a preservation order on the whole town to ensure the magical beauty is not lost. So for the perfect Symi holiday, find a house with views, a balcony to enjoy them, and lie back for a week or two of complete relaxation, punctuated perhaps by a climb up the Kali Strata steps, to explore the maze of lanes in Horio, or a trip by sea taxi to the beaches of Pedhi or Aghios Nikolaos, to bask in the baking heat of the Aegean summer, or overland to the white monastery of Panormitis. Symi is a tale of restoration, preservation, relaxation, imagination... The town of Simi alone has thirteen major churches and dozens of chapels, some dating back to the Byzantine era.
Despite there being a lot of steps to climb from Yailos to Chorio via the Kali Strata white stone steps it afforded some lovely photo opportunites and you notice different things going up as well as down ;-0
SYmi harbour is a bustling mixture of all types of boats, from cruise liners and big ferries, down to the smaller fast ferries, yachts, gullets, fishing craft and water taxis. There's always something going on in the harbour, until evening when it quietens down and then there's just the lights onboard the yachts in the harbour as their crew enjoy an evening in harbour.