Nos is a very small and quiet beach close to Symi Town and the harbor area. There are plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas for you to relax under. If you are hungry or thirsty, then visit the neighboring taverna. Nos is probably the most accessible beach for day-trippers to Symi because it is only a short walk from the harbor area. It's perfect if you want to ditch the tour group and cool off on a hot day. The water here is so clear and blue and there are hardly any waves. You should visit Nos if you want to see one of Symi's best beaches.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Family Travel
Walking Around The Coast
We had a day of drizzle and dull weather one day and decided to walk a little way round the coast. We ended up getting soaked as it poured down and had to shelter in an unfinished building.Here we met another English couple sheltering, also.
We pressed on along an uninspiring path and thought we saw an alternative route out. Foolishly we started to climb this in sandals and soon realised we were being very foolhardy. It turned out to be a river bed making it's way into the mountains. We then had to retrace our footsteps and walk back the same way we'd come. Disappointing but better to be safe than sorry.
- Hiking and Walking
This is the monastery of Taxiarchis Mihalail Panormitis.It's probably the trip that everyone goes on and certainly the first place we saw on Symi. Most trip boats from Rhodes to Symi call here enroute for a brief look round before heading to Symi port for lunch.
Built in the 18thc. and plundered during WW2. it is now a mega tourist destination. You can even stay in the xenonas for some sort of fee.
The most impressive part is the bell tower, built in 1905 and the bouganvilia? growing over the sleeping quarters.
There are a couple of museums housing some strange stuff including messages in bottles, a shop and a taverna.
What we enjoyed most here was watching people feeding the cats with tinned sardines and cat biscuits!!!
It was all a bit blown out of proportion and not at all peaceful sharing the place with a boat-load of people.
- Religious Travel
Walk Up To Chorio
While staying in Gialos, Symi's port, a" must do" is to climb the steps (Kali Strata) and walk the narrow alleys to the old town of Chorio. Apart from the views over the port, which are stunning, the old buildings and courtyards are fascinating. Most of the mansions were still in ruins, bombed in the second world war, on our visit and it was hard to believe the owners could have left these fantastic buildings to fall into such states of decay. Many were built in Neoclassical style with intricately carved doorways. There were apparently allsorts of legal wrangles involved with many of the properties, the females in the families inheriting, jointly. Indecision and disagreement on what to do with their semi-ruined inheritances resulted in a state of limbo. Now, things seem to have been resolved and many of the mansions have been renovated and become holiday lets.
Note that the steps are very worn and smooth and it's a heck of a long way up from the port!!!
- Hiking and Walking
Cameras At The Ready.....
Once you've arrived on Symi, you will need to have your camera at the ready at all times. A very scenic island with it's old houses tumbling down the hill to the port, set against an arrid hillside.
Apart from the scenery and architecture, cats abound and if you're a cat lover, there's plenty of scope for cat pics!!!!
The one we've taken here had us in stitches.
In 1985, Pedi, situated on a narrow inlet, was little more tha a fishing hamlet with a thin strip of shingly beach, one cafeneon and a new hotel which looked out of place, being so modern and swish looking. It's probably this hotel that has now turned Pedi into a resort, ,and it being a quieter alternative to the main town.
We caught the one bus to Pedi and enjoyed talking to the kafeneon owner, Fotinis, who had come home to retire from Canada,after injuring himself. He had been a chemical engineer and had bought the kafeneon as a hobby!! He also had an extremely large, friendly cat.
Now I read that boats take you to the nearby beach of Ag, Nikolaos which you can also walk to over the headland. Seems Symi has truly been discovered, what with package deals and ever enterprising locals. Who can blame them??
From Pedi, we walked the half hour route back to Chorio and down Kali Strata, admiring the views enroute.
- Beer Tasting
- Hiking and Walking
Panormitis is the most important monastery on Symi and the second most important in the Dodecanese (St John in Patmos claims first prize for that) and thus is on most people's itinerary when they visit Symi.
Its situated right on the southern tip of the island and the day trips from Rhodes will incorporate a visit here either on the way to Symi or on the way back for a short vist..
Overland to Panormits
Panormitis Monastery can be reached by the day trip excursions from Rhodes as part of the package - we could have got the 2pm ferry from Symi on our way back to Rhodes and incorporated a visit to the monastery but this only gave a 40 minute visit with the crowds from the boat. We decided a better option for us was to catch the white minibus from Symi harboutr which goes oveland to Panormitis at 1.00pm - taking just 30 minutes and giving us time to visit in peace and quiet. - a plus with the scenery on route as we climbed hairpin bends up to the top of the islands main road anfd down to the south of Symi.
During our BBQ lunch on the boat trip these 4 young Afghanistan male refugees appeared - they must have travelled via Turkey which is so close to Symi. Apparently this is a quite a common occurence as Greece is not in the EEC and once they can get here they are free.
Aghios Georgios (St Georges) is one of the most dramatic coves on Symi - we didn't actually get to here - just saw from a distance as we sailed from Rhodes to Symi. Its only accessible by a taxi-boat from Symi too. Sheer cliffs - some 300m high back the beach which was used in the key scenes of the 1961 film 'The Guns of Navarone'. No facilities on the beach and no shade - be warned!
Sailing around Symi
There's nothing better than being sailed around, enjoying the scenery, being served up a delicious BBQ lunch and having a swim in one of the many bays around Symi - I really enjoy it. The boats Posiedon and Triton do various island tours each day - some can be combined with walks too - just check the blackboard on the harbour for the dialy excursion programme and have a great day out.
- Sailing and Boating
Well the captain of our boat had to inform the local police about the refugees. They soon appeared in their boat but instead of picking up the young lads they made a tour round the bay to see if others were walking around. The captain of our boat ended up with extra passengers for the return trip to Symi - he was very nice and reassuring to them and several people on board struck up a conversation with them. Plenty of lunch was leftover so they had a good tuck in too. In Symi they would be held by the police for about 24 hours and then be free to go.
Relaxing in Pedi
From Pedi you can take a water taxi to Aghios Nicholas - or walk it in about 20 miutes over a rocky up and down red paint daubed path if feeling more energetic. I was too lazy to do either - plus my knees were feeling rather sore fom a trip I had :-S
Anyway I was content just to sit in a local taverna - Michael and Lucy's - and watch the fishing boats bob up and down whilst enjoying a Mythos (local beer). Its such a sleepy place even the owner of the taverna was sound asleep when we went to pay for the drinks, Lucy calmy stepped ove him to take the payment!
- Family Travel
View above Chorio
Its worth climbing high above Chorio - by walking or by bus which goes further onto Panormitis. There are far reaching views over Symi town in one way and over to Pedi Bay in the other direction - our next stop on this virtual tour.
Symi's beaches are mainly pebbly and shingle butr the water will be crystal clear though. You may have to watch out for spines from those pesky seas -urchins - i invested in a pair of swim shoes for this purpose.
The beach nearest to Symi town is about 20 mins walk around the headland from the clock tower on the harbour and past the boat repair yard in Harani and onto to Noss beach. and then further to Nimborio. Again because of sore knees and not up to much walking this will have to be left for another trip.