Symi Travel Guide

  • Symi
    by Toshioohsako
  • Symi
    by Toshioohsako
  • Symi
    by Toshioohsako

Symi Things to Do

  • Take a walk up on the Kali Strata

    The Kali Strata steps take you up hill where you can enjoy a beautiful view of Symi harbor and also the silent white alleys and little tavernas and shops.

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  • Take a boat to Nanou bay

    Nanou bay is the wider of a few bays facincg east. You can reach it only by boat (many boats in Symi will offer to bring you there in the morning, with picking up in the afternoon).A pebbles beach, cristalline and soon deep waters changing from green to blue.Stone cliffs on 3 sidesA taverna and a little monastery.Nothing else, but see the waters!...

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  • Another Symi website

    http://www.symitop5.gr A website set up by Manos (not the travel company, but a Symi restaurant owner/business man) Manos owns a well known harbourside seafood restaurant, that has been host to many celebrities/dignitaries visiting the island, (Please see my restaurant tips) he also has his fingers in a few other pies!This website shows a few views...

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  • Rhodes Town

    Timings of ferry boats, or bad weather conditions might lead to a few hours or an overnight stay in Rhodes. For some, this might be seen as an inconvenience, delaying their arrival on Symi, or in catching their flight home. However, Rhodes Town has much to offer. Historical buildings and architecture, The busy port area, shops and markets,...

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  • For Day Trippers from Rhodes etc

    Ok, you'll only have a few hours to spend here, so although the harbour area is nice, it can become a bit crowded..so off the ferry boat, walk in a horseshoe pattern til you're opposite the ferry, look for the taxi rank or the Symi bus, and head for Pedi (a beach resort, with a few tavernas) or Chorio (The Village) and spend your time either...

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  • Panormitis Monastery

    Another feature of the monastery is this attractive doorway, framing the view out to sea.As you can see from the photo, the porchway is painted, and has plaster reliefs of an angel and doves.

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Symi Hotels

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Symi Restaurants

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  • Real fresh and tasty food

    We where on a day trip from Rhodes and found this nice Taverna with real fresh Kalamari and fried potatoes (real not frozen) and fresh Greek Salad and good bread - it is not everywhere you get that from our experience so I recommend it it is somewhere in the middle you can see the name on my picture I had Kalamari with Fries and a Greek Salad and...

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  • Recommended as the best taverna in Symi

    We have not eaten here because it was still early for lunch but an English couple that are in holiday in Symi recommended it as the best Tavern with the best food in Symi - and it also looks beautiful

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  • Expensive restaurant with old fish

    The fish comes from other islands or Turkey.At least 2-4 days old of course.The prices are REALLY expensive and the food is not so great. Pick any other restaurant for the same quality but really LOWER prices.

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Symi Nightlife

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  • Clock Watching on holiday??

    The unique feature of this bar, is to spot the number of clocks! Some are obviously displayed, inside and out, but some are well hidden. Check the flooring, around the bar, and the paintings! You'll probably not find them all! The owner, Yannis, is a friendly, relaxed man, who is a professional musician. It is possible to hear his music, and buy...

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  • Internet bar

    Popular with young local males. Recognised by motorbikes either parked up, or by their owners doing "wheelies" to impress the local females. But, don't be put off if you don't fall into any of these categories.Tables/chairs outside provide a place to enjoy a drink /ice cream/ peoplewatch. Internet terminals inside, not all are always working.Games...

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  • Open til the early hours

    Owned and hosted by Jean, an ex pat from England and Aston Villa supporter. A pleasant bar, opens around 2100hrs, with Happy Hour. Air conditioned.Popular meeting place for Symiphiles, and a smattering of locals.The G&T's pack a mean punch! and there is draught beer. No food served.Although quite small, there are 2 rooms and seating/steps...

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Symi Transportation

  • To Simy Island

    As you leave the airport you can catch a taxi outside the entrance. Tell the driver you want to go to Mandraki or The Commercial Harbour (see below)-if you tell him you are going to Symi he will put you down at the right spot. The fare is approximately 15 euro. There are three boats connecting Rhodes and Symi, the 'Proteus' and 'Symi' car-ferries...

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  • Windy? Does your ferry go??

    if you want to fly from Rhodes, make sure the ferry goes! In summertime, the "Flying Dolphin" speedboats do not go in Meltemi wind situations... some people miss planes every year by that reason! Check the current situation and make sure, your ferry will be on time!

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  • Ferry

    Symi has no airport so arrivals will be by boat - several choices exist.The ferry to Symi from Rhodes departs at 9am from the commercial harbour (a bus from Mandraki harbour wisks you there in time to catch it). This was our preferred vessel as even though its a longer journey of some 2 hours it still arrived before the later catamaran. (10.30 am...

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Symi Shopping

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  • nice and quality leather bags,...

    Takis is a well known leather designer from Athens and he offers a great choice of leather goods from belts to high fashion leather jackets, bags, shoes and more! Recommendable in quality and pricing! Tell him, you were sent by me, and you´ll get a special welcome! business bags, women´s bags, belts, summer shoes and slippers ??

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  • Supermarkets

    Whether self catering, picnicing or looking for a foodie souvenir, the supermarkets on Symi offer a variety of goodies.The ones I've shopped at have been in Yialos, 1) walking towards the clock tower, a good selection of fresh fruit n veg, tinned n frozen food, wines & spirits, toiletries etc. I bought some anchovy paste, cod roe paste, olives,...

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  • The smell of freshly baked bread!

    As far as I know, there are 3 bakeries on Symi..there may well be more!1) Yialos, near the bridge..A good place to buy pastries..Spinach and cheese/Cheese/ fruit..to eat as you wander around.Bread as well. Also fridge stocked with water and fruit drinks/beer.2) Foot of Kali Strata...Some wonderful sweet n savoury delicacies..Baclava etc....A bit...

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Symi Local Customs

  • Greek Turkish Friendship

    With the close proximity of Symi to the Turkish coastline, historically their inhabitants haven't always got along.However, there are many events held on the island through the year to bring the people of Symi and Turkey together. Symis nearest Turkish town is Datca (See my Must See tips)Sept 1st 2004 is World Peace Day , and there is now an annual...

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  • Symi Animal Welfare (SAW)

    As is typical of most Greek Islands Symi has an abundance of cats, roaming the streets, restaurants and accomodations.As well as feeding from the titbits fed by tourists and scavaging the bins of restaurants etc, they breed!!!In order to look after these cats, and control the numbers, donations pay for a vet from the UK to spend a week each year on...

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  • VE Day Parade

    8th May each year is a Bank Holiday on Symi, as VE Day is commemorated. Les Catherinettes Restaurant on the waterfront (clock tower side) has a plaque to recognise that at this place, the peace treaty between Germany and Britain was signed. During WW 2, Les Catherinettes was the Italian Headquarters. Today, it is a hotel and restaurant.The...

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Symi Warnings and Dangers

  • Cups /mugs!

    If You're self catering, you might find that your tea cups are tiny! In each of the 3 establishments that I've stayed on Symi, this has been the case.(oh and also be aware that you'll probably not find a kettle- instead you'll have to boil a pan of water , for your brew!)So- My solution was to buy a locally produced mug, from a craft shop- I got a...

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  • Greek Easter Celebrations- Dynamite &...

    If you've spent Easter on any of the Greek Islands, You'll know that the celebrations can be quite lively with firecrackers being set off any time, anywhere!On Symi, they let off firecrackers too - BUT- the inhabitants also set off DYNAMITE!!!!As Easter approaches, competition heats up between Yialos, Chorio and Pedi, as to which area can produce...

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  • Cats/Dogs/Donkeys etc..

    Along with a lot of Greek Islands, Symi has a sizeable population of cats. There's also a presence of restaurants/waste bins!! These cats don't starve!! The cat population is multiplying, although there's an arrangement with a vet on Rhodes to perform an annual neuturing programme(See my local customs tip) Sometimes this doesn't work out....

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Symi Tourist Traps

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    by sandysmith Written Jun 5, 2005

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    For a second I though Matcrazy1 was on a holiday job here as cameras were being clicked away in people's faces as they strolled along the harbour.
    But no...its just one of those tourist things were you can buy your picture later if you want it....

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Symi What to Pack

  • Comfy shoes!...Leave your killer heels...

    As I always say, and rarely manage to achieve, travel light! You may have to carry your luggage around Rhodes, on arrival/departure. On & off the ferry, then probably up a steep path/steps to your accom. on Symi. Flat comfy shoes/sandals , the surfaces are all uneven, it's easy to lose your footing when admiring the many views. Walking boots.....

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  • To beat the heat

    Symi gets really hot in summer months. You should definitelly put some sun block on, wear a hat and drink a lot of water, especially if you walk up the Kali Strata. There are few little grocery shops along the way, so you can buy some water on the place.

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  • Photographers paradise

    Make sure you have tons of films with you or take a digital camera. The place is so charming and its colours are so beautiful that you just want to take a picture with every step you make.

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Symi Off The Beaten Path

  • Walking on Symi

    Now, I didn't get to explore as much of the island as I intended, but at 13 km by about 8kms, of hills, valleys and mountain covered land, theres a lot of places to get away from it all, either by road, boat or on foot.There are some recognised trails (guide books are available, and maps, I think from the SV office). For those who prefer a...

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  • Remote chapels

    Symi is very rocky and barren in places but dotted around the island are some 365 chapels - one for each day of the year. Many are only accessile by boat or by walking and with a longer stay its possible to explore the island more and discover some.

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  • Backstreets of Chorio

    Right at the back of Chorio - near wher the bus stops - is a warren of old overgrown alleyways and narrow steps - its like stepping back in time and hardly any daytrippers up here so it really is off the beaten path!Arches spanned the old lanes here, just as in Rhodes old town for protection during earthquakes.

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  • Photographer's dream

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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