Syros Island Travel Guide

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Syros Island Things to Do

  • The Industrial Museum

    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...

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  • The Industrial Museum

    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.

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  • "InSpot Internet Cafe"

    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...

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  • old Galissa settlement

    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...

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  • Poseidhonia (Dellagrazzia)

    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...

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  • "El Greco's icon in Koimisi Church"

    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...

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Syros Island Hotels

Syros Island Restaurants

  • Delicious homemade food, perfect...

    Delicious, fresh food which you can eat at the seafront of the cosy boulevard in Ermoupolis. Tastefull local food but also surprising dishes from around the world. Especially the salads and fresh fish.

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  • Oh it was unbelievable!!!!

    You dont have to miss this restaurant. People there are very kind and friendly...They have excellent food and they are funny. They are cheap with big plates and they offer as a present sweet at the end...I loved it Loto's PieVeal in tomato sauseRaki

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  • Don't forget to visit this tavern close...

    It is in the Loto's beach/ Kini village in Syros island, which is the capital of Cyclades. Has a lot of history and architech. In the tavern you can find fishes, fresh vegetables (from the owner's Garden), meet and appetizers. You can also have your coffee there. They use to selebrate every Sundays with a company of people playing bouzouki,...

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  • Welcoming taverna and hide-away from...

    we were literally carried to this place by a wind. shivering from the hostile northern wind, we found a place, which not only served good food, but also was a perfect hide-away from the wind. feeling adventurous, we decided not to check the menu - we just mocked the order of the next to us table, which turned to be an excellent choice. small fish...

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  • Traditional Restaurant and much more!

    This is not just a simple "traditional restaurant", but a "super-production", housing under the same roof and in a big space a traditional restaurant with local plates from Syros, "meze", the traditional Greek appetizers, a restaurant that catters to more international flavours and a musical "scene", inspired by the "rebetika tradition" of the...

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  • "Authentic and Delicious Italian...

    Do you all scream for an ice-cram?In that case, your prayers have been answered!Yes, you can find in Syros authentic Italian ice-cream in more than 20 different flavours, made in Syros by Italian "masters of ice-cream", who live in Syros!And what is more: the ice-creams are made every day with fresh milk of Syros! Tiramisu and wild cherry.

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Syros Island Nightlife

  • Great nightlife all year round! :)

    I have been to Syros in the summer and autumn months, and although the Greek islands' typically have a better nightlife scene in the summer, Syros (or shall I say, Ermoupolis), has a pretty good scene all year round, any day of the week.There are a few good bars around the port area in Ermoupolis which are thriving of locals, other Greek tourists...

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  • "Gambling in Syros"

    If you belong to that particular category of persons who like gambling and, during your holidays, you can not miss the opportunity to pay a visit to the local casino, Syros will reward you plainfully!A wonderful neoclassical building, at the port entrance (you only need to hop from your boat and you will get into the casino!), houses the Casino of...

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  • Syros Island Hotels

    3 Hotels in Syros Island

Syros Island Transportation

  • Blue Star Ferries: from Syros to Naxos

    The trip from Tinos to Syros was the shortest (40 min) and the cheapest (5 euros for an economy class ticket) of all boat journeys I have had while island hopping.

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  • buses in syros

    Syros is shaped like a comma. The 'round' part is well served by buses - they go both clockwise and anti-clockwise round the island, starting and ending in Ermoupouli. The 'tail'-shaped part of the island is not so well served. The beach resorts have limited nightlife and restaurants, so most people often end up in Ermoupouli in the evenings. Taxis...

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  • "Syros Fun Train"!

    Actually, it is not a train with the proper sense, it is a "small fun train" with no rails that takes you around the narrow streets of Hermoupolis, the capital of Syros and gives you the opportunity to discover, as well as to admire the unique buildings, mansions, churches, panoramic views of the "Neoclassical Capital" of the Cyclades.All...

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Syros Island Shopping

  • Sweets for a Sweet

    Syros is knows for its sweets. I " have sensed" it for the first time when our ferry stopped in Syros on the way to Tinos, and several vendors came on board, shouting something in Greek, started intensively selling some sweets. the only word I got was loukoumia (aka Turkish delights). and since I am not that keen on it, I ignored the rest of their...

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  • Fresh produce in Ermoupoli

    Open-air market on Hiou St. is a colorful experience. it's great place to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, local specialties, to snack on puffed pastry with a cup of Greek coffee, and just for strolling up and down watching people and taking pictures. fresh fruits and vegetables, local specialties, souvenirs, etc.

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  • "LOUKOUMIA": the Syros "Delight"!

    Syros has many good reasons to be famous in Greece-why not worldwide?The most important one is for: Loukoumia.In English, the term for Loukoumia is: Turkish delight, but I would suggest to call them: Syros delights!Loukoumia are very, but very "sweet"! They are made of: sugar, starch and almonds, plus some flavour that could be: rose, mastic and...

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Syros Island Local Customs

  • "International Festival of the Aegean"!

    The new born festival: "International Festival of the Aegean" is a strong reason to visit Syros.Dedicated exclusively to Classical Music, Opera, Dance and Choirs, for 2 weeks in July, make "vibrate" the capital of the Cyclades!This year we are celebrating the 6th edition of said festival and the "highlight" was the presentation of the opera of...

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  • "Ano Syros" Festival!

    Ano Syros, the twin city of Hermoupolis and birthplace of Markos Vamvakaris, the most important Greek singer and composer of "Rebetiko" songs, could not miss the oportunity to organize another festival, but so different from that one of Hermoupolis!The Ano Syros Festival is called: "Stis geitonies tou Markou Vamvakari" (In the Neighbourhoods of...

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  • "HERMOUPOLEIA" Festival!

    "Hermoupoleia" (from Hermoupolis, the capital of the Cyclades), is the most important cultural festival of the Aegean Archipelago and takes place in Hermoupolis, Syros, the capital of the Cyclades.This year (2010) is taking place the 19th edition of said festival, in a row.Music, Painting, Opera, Theatre, Dance, Cinema are in the rich and varied...

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Syros Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Kini - beware of loud noise from bars

    it's got a tremendous view and an ok beach, but kini isn't as relaxing as you may think. two or three bars play very loud music, and as the setting is similar to a greek theatre the sound travels up the hillside.

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  • Meltémi or being in Odyssey's shoes

    While visiting the Cyclades, keep in mind that in instances the only way to get to, from and around an island is by the sea (unless you are on Santorini, Mykonos). Thus be prepared that you might be stuck on one of the islands for more than you were planning to. The Cyclades are worst affected by the meltémi (known to old Greeks as the Etesians or...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Syros Island Tourist Traps

  • by kasyros Written Oct 6, 2002

    Pay attention where you will stay. DONT accept accommodation at the port, from persons that will offer you hotel or room when you exit the boat.

    Fun Alternatives: Ask somebody you trust to suggest you a good hotel. Look around Internet sites for hotel.

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Syros Island Off The Beaten Path

  • "Smaller, less frequented Beaches"

    You can find and discover them, essentially on the nothern part of the island and they can be reached either by sea, with a small excursion boat from Kini or with your own private or rented boat, or, overland, following the distinctive trails from Apano Mera.The second solution is recommended for avid walkers and it will take you from 30 to 60...

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  • "Northern beaches of the island"!

    Normally, few people have the chance to try the Northern beaches of the island.The reason: they are of the beaten path, faraway and you need a lot of walking (more than half an hour under the sun!), if you want to have the magical experience of bathing to the clear blue waters of Northern Syros!But, I have got news for you: there is a cruise ship...

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  • Preventing sea sickness

    if you are planning to do island hopping in September-October, when the Aegean Sea is quite restless, make sure to take some pills against sea sickness. My friend has recommended to buy Drimen (Dimenhydrinate 50mg) while in Greece. it worked great. just take one pill (instead of two) an hour before your board a boat to keep you well and ready to...

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  • Decline

    From the end of the 19th c Ermoupoli started to loose its power.The increasing importance of the port of Pireas nad the progress of rail transportation made Syros's economy weaker.Strikes started, many factories closed and the wealthy people of Ermoupoli moved to Athens.The final disaster came by the Nazi occupation in WWII. Hundreds of people died...

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  • Ano Syros

    In the 13th c. Syros was captured by Franks who build a little medieval town on the high hill above the port. They named it Ano Syros (upper Syros).The island later came under the Venetians who disseminated Catholism.Gradually Ano Syros and neoclassical Orthodox Ermoupoli became one.After the disaster in Smirna (Izmir) in 1922 a new wave of...

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Vari Beach
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