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    Photographer's dream

    by miman Written Aug 22, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The main town of Symi is divided into the upper and lower town. The lower town is also called Yialos, the upper town known as Chorio . The most of houses are neoclassical houses, some of them painted in warm pastel colours, with balconies in the center and red tiled roofs.
    The highest point of Chorio is capped by the usual castle of the Knights of St. John. Symi is a lovely, pictoresque, mountainous small island with desert beaches, at 21 nautical miles from Rhodes. Its population, just over the 2.500, is primary occupied in fishing, trade and tourism. According to the myths, Simi was the birthplace of the Three Graces. Symi appears to be a barren rock that is until you turn the corner and enter the harbour when you are startled to see pastel coloured houses cascading down the steep hills, which surround the harbour. Many churches with red, blue or white domes are sprinkled among the characteristic neoclassical architecture of the houses, which is the predominant style in Symi.

    Fondest memory: The Aegean atmosphere, the mixes of a lively history, delicious Greek food, traditions and modern live are the elements, which compose the beautiful island and make it worth to visit it.

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    Memories of Symi

    by miman Written Aug 18, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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...

    Fondest memory: The town of Simi alone has thirteen major churches and dozens of chapels, some dating back to the Byzantine era.

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    Memories of Symi

    by miman Written Aug 18, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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...

    Fondest memory: The town of Simi alone has thirteen major churches and dozens of chapels, some dating back to the Byzantine era.

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    Symi

    by miman Written Aug 17, 2006

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    Simy

    Favorite thing: 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.

    Fondest memory: On Symi island, you will enjoy beautiful bays and pebbled beaches that are best reached by small boats that leave frequently.

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    Beautiful Simy

    by miman Written Jul 24, 2006

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    Simy

    Favorite thing: Its main town, located on the northeast coast, is also named Simi, and the island has around 2,500 inhabitants, mostly engaged in fishing, trade, and tourism. In addition to its many historical sites, the island's isolated beaches—many reachable only with small boats—are popular with tourists.
    Symi has the most beautiful harbour in Greece. On either side of a steep-sided fjord rise upon of houses, some white, some pastel yellow. There has been virtually no modern concrete construction here and now these fine old houses are being resurrected for visitors.

    Fondest memory: The town of Simi alone has thirteen major churches and dozens of chapels, some dating back to the Byzantine era.

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    SymiGreece.com - All you need to know about Symi

    by SymiVisitor2006 Updated Jul 5, 2006
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    Favorite thing: 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!

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    kali Strata

    by sandysmith Updated Jun 8, 2005

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    Kali Strata

    Favorite thing: 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

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    Symi by night I

    by sandysmith Written Jun 5, 2005

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    Symi by night

    Favorite thing: Sitting at the Kali Strata bar is a great view over Symi by day and by night. With the twinkling lights of the town and the clock tower illuminated its a very romantic setting - perfect for a post dinner nightcap.
    Sorry pic is a bit out of focus - but you get the impression.

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    SymiVisitor

    by sandysmith Updated Jun 5, 2005

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    SymiVisitor office

    Favorite thing: The SymiVisitor office can help out with your plans of what to do on Symi - providing information and places of interest to visit. Maps and books describing local walks can be purchased. Alternatively these can be purchased in advance so you can make the most of your holiday planning. The Symivisitor website provides this information and so much more - its essential viewing before visiting Symi.
    The office on Symi is right at the other end of the harbour, past where the Symi bus stop is.

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    Symi

    by sandysmith Updated Jun 5, 2005

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    map of Symi

    Favorite thing: Symi is part of the Dodecanese group of islands and lies some 24 nautical miles NW of Rhodes from whence we travelled to reach here. It has a surface area of 68 sq km ad has 85 km of irregularly shaped coastline - just look at this map for an idea! Its rocky and barren for much of it by the island is well worth exploring to sample the real greek experience.
    Symi town consists of two main areas - the harbour town of Yialos and the old town of Chorio in the hills above.

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    Symi Harbour

    by sandysmith Written Jun 5, 2005

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    Symi Harbour

    Favorite thing: Symi harbour is a vibrant place, buzzing with activity when the daytrippers and shoppers are in town.
    Tavernas, shops and fishing boats line the main street making it a delight to explore but its also lively at night and a great place to try out the local greek food in a wonderful setting. Many tavenas are open late - some to the early hours of the morning - although I believe loud music has to be kept to a mimimum.

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    At First Sight

    by sandysmith Updated Jun 5, 2005

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    first views from the boat

    Fondest memory: Our first view from the boat as we arrived from Rhodes for our short stay on this greek gem on an island was an unforettable experience. Sailing in to the port of Symi the view of the coloured houses on the hills of Chorio cascading down to the harbour area was stunning.

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    Sailing around Symi

    by sandysmith Updated Jun 4, 2005

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    sailing around Symi and lovin it!

    Fondest memory: One of the best ways to explore is by walking or taking a water taxi or boat trip around its bays and coastline - the only way to reach some places.
    Sailing in the greek sunshine became one of my favourite experiences here :-0..the sun on my face, the wind in my hair and being able to swim from the boat near deserted coves in crystal clear water.

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    Beautiful Churches

    by steventilly Written Oct 26, 2003

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    Small Church, Pedi, Symi

    Favorite thing: There are beautiful churches and chapels of all sizes all over Symi - a bewildering number of them in Chorio alone. Some are built into the side of hills, others stand by the water in bays, all are quite well tended and lovely to look at.

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    Walking Opportunities

    by steventilly Updated Oct 26, 2003

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    Hilltop Path, Symi

    Favorite thing: There are some nice walks on Symi, over the hills to various small bays, and there are loads of little chapels dotted all over the island that you will pass while you do these walks. It's possible to do a walk and get a taxi-boat back (but maybe better to get the boat there and walk back, then you're not under so much time pressure). We did a couple of easy walks to smaller bays during our stay.

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