If you want to have an idea of the industrial history of ermoupoli, you should pay a visit to this very informative museum.
The first exhibition of the Industrial Museum is housed in an old factory, the Katsimatis paint works.
This building is a great sample of industrial architecture in Greece. It was built in 1888, and it was used as a lead-shot factory.
Another building of the museum is the Aneroussis lead- shot factory.
It was built id 1889 very close to Katsimatis paint works. In the interior one can see the equipment used for the production of lead shot.
I know very well that when you are travelling, you desperately need an Internet Cafe to check your e-mails or to write your tips for Virtual Tourist!
I can recommend you the following Internet Cafe: "InSpot".
You can find it easily, because it is on the main road facing the port, a stone's throw from the place where boats embark or disembark to the port of Hermoupolis-Syros.
For the fascinating sea view and some sightseeing, climb on the slopes of Agia Pakous Hill. Walk the sea promenade past Dolphin Hotel and ascend to the little white church which adorns the top of the hill. Just below the church, on the hillside you will see the archaeological site of ancient Galessos, an ancient settlement first inhabited in the 8th century B.C.
From there you can descend to the Church of Agios Stefanos, which is situated within a cave by the sea. The church has also access from the sea: you will row for 10-15 minutes and then follow the footpath which will get you to the cave after a few meters of walking. According to the legend, the church was built by a fisherman who was saved after struggling against a giant octopus. The church was an offer to the Saint who had his name, Stefanos, for his salvation.
The coastal settlement of Poseidonia named after the god of the sea, Poseidon, and owes its second name from the Catholic Church Santa Maria Della Grazia.
Located 12 kilometers south-west of Ermoupolis, Poseidonia is full of gardens, pine trees and beautiful neoclassical houses. The village was very popular among Greek nobility during the 19th and 20th centuries, who built their retreat mansions there, which explains the beautiful buildings still standing today. I was told that Aristo Onassis himself frequented to Poseidonia to play in its casinos.
Domenicos THEOTOCOPOULOS or EL GRECO (as he is worldwide known), the famous Greek painter from Crete, but made a lot of his masterpieces in Toledo (Spain)-(Herakleion Crete 1541-Toledo 1614), left in Syros a "unique legacy": an icon, made by him and depicting the Dormition of the Virgin.This important icon is housed on the (Orthodox) Church of Koimisi (pronounced: Keemeessee), dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin.
It is El Greco's only icon, housed in an Orthodox church in Greece and not in a museum!
It is a unique treasure and the inhabitants of Syros are very proud of this religious legacy.
Here is an alphabetical list (almost exhaustive) of the best beaches of SYROS.I am going to write different tips about them later.For the first approach, take a good note of their names:
ARMAIOS or ARMEOS
FOINIKAS or FINIKAS (meaning: Phenix)
POSSEIDONIA or DELLAGRAZIA
In front of the port of Hermoupolis, there is the small island of Didymos or Didymi (English transcription: Didyme).The island is very small and completely barren, but there is something special on it: a huge stone Lighthouse, maybe the oldest in Greece and certainly, one of the most impressive!
The stone house was built in 1834, under the supervision of the Bavarian architect: Erlacher.
During the summer period, it is possible to get there by small boat from Azolimnos.
this very picturesque bay provides a shelter and privacy for all "goddess" and "gods" who prefer natural way of sunbathing. in other words, it's a nudist beach :) it's indeed very private (pebble) beach. there is no entrance from the main beach (the rocks are too sharp to walk on) you can get there only by following a mountainous path between the Dolthin Bay Hotel and old settlement of Galissa. the beach apparently is popular with campers - there were several tent "holes." nevertheless, the bay will not shelter you from wind. we were hoping to hide from meltemi there, but it was still too windy to swim or sunbath.
The Archaeological Museum of Syros is one of the oldest archaeological museums in Greece and it was founded in 1834-35.
You can find it on the left side of the "Town Hall" or "Municipal Office" of Hermoupolis, an important monument designed by the famous architect E.Ziller.
Your visit to Syros would be "incomplete" without visiting this small, but compact museum!
The most important objects of the Museum, is the collection of findings from the settlement of Chalandriani, on the east coast of Syros.
It houses an interesting collection of exhibits from the Early Cycladic period till the Byzantine period.Pay attention to the "mirror like objects"!
Kini is a nice small beach village, westward off Syros (15 min. bus ride). it actually consists of two beaches, separated by a short road. The harbor area is pretty picturesque and pleasant to walk around (if it's not windy). The village landmark, a monument to a mermaid saving a sailor, is in the center of the promenade lane. there are a couple of tavernas and some rooms for rent.
Approximately 8 kilometres west of Ermoupolis is the seaside village of Galissas. Popular during the summer months due to the long sandy beach and many hotels, pensions, campsite and bars. Despite it's popularity, Galissas preserves it's natural beauty and pleasant strolls can be made along the pier or to the country church of Agios Stefanos, built on the rocks just above the sea.
On a hill above the town, dominated by the Catholic Cathedral of St. George, is the picturesque and mostly catholic quarter known as Ano Syros. The architecture of Ano Syros has nothing in common with that of the neoclassical Hermoupolis despite being so close to each other.
A characteristic of Ano Syros is the medieval architecture combined with the typical Cycladic influences. Houses are built closely, one on the top of the other and surrounded by rocky slopes which created a protective fortress against pirates and other enemies that threatened around 1200 AD.
Today the wonderful scenery of narrow winding alleys linked by whitewashed steps and archways, wooden doors and balconies plus small courtyards filled with a plethora flower pots charms every visitor wondering around Ano Syros.
Piatsa is the "commercial centre" of Ano Syros with numerous tavernas, shops, small galleries, etc. It is also home to a small museum housing the personal effects and records of Markos Vamvakaris, a famous rebetiko composer, singer and bouzouki master who was born in Ano Syros.
Named after the God of Commerce and knowledge, Hermes, Ermoupolis literally means "the city of Hermes".
In the aftermath of the 1821 revolution, Syros became a haven for refugees from the regions destroyed by the Turks and in a few short years Ermoupolis was turned into one of the most important ports of the country with an active economic and cultural life.
Today, Ermoupoli is a beautiful town with marble paved streets, grandiose public squares, impressive churches and old mansion houses displaying a unique architectural style influenced by neo Classicism and the Venetian school with a mixture of Western features.
A special feature of Ermoupoli is Miaouli square, where a tall palm tree shadows small coffee shops and restaurants. Surrounding the square is the magnificent neoclassical building of the Town Hall. Apart from the municipality, this architectural marvel also houses the Archaeological Museum. Also on Miaouli square is the "Ellas" Cultural building of Ermoupolis, a beautiful building with high painted ceilings, where various cultural activities take place throughout the year and where the public library is housed.
Ermoupolis has a number of beautiful churches, such as Metamorfosi tou Sotiros, Kimisi tis Theotokou and the richly decorated Agios Nikolaos Church which is the pride of Hermoupolis.
The Vaporia area is the quieter part of Ermoupolis. It faces the open sea, and there are many beautiful old mansions and neoclassical buildings dotted all around. There are numerous hotels located here too.
You may also enjoy a swim, and yes, it's very safe as there are special areas deticated to swimmers and sun-bathers.
On a clear day, you may see the island of Mykonos. Also, you can see the ferries coming into Syros from Pireaus, Tinos and Mykonos.