Symi Island Travel Guide

  • Symi Town
    Symi Town
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  • Symi Town
    Symi Town
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    Symi Bell Tower
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Symi Island Things to Do

  • Nos Beach

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • Panormitis Monastery

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Pedi

    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...

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  • Panormitis

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • Refugees

    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.

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Symi Island Restaurants

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    by sandysmith Updated Sep 21, 2005

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    The lunch served up by the boat crew on the boat trip was simply delicious. They came prepared with their giant skewers and grills and cooked delicious chicken served up with all kinds of salads and greek mezzes with wine and retsina all included.

    Favorite Dish: all of it!

    cooking lunch

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Symi Island Nightlife

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    by assilein Updated Dec 18, 2005

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    Jean and Tonic is the late night spot on Symi.
    Jean is opening her bar around 10 p.m. and there is talking and drinking until the morning hours.
    The saying "getting Jeaned" is very popular on Symi, because in Jean's Bar you sometimes feel like in a time-machine. You want to stop by for one drink and when you walk away the sun's just creeping over the horizon and you ask yourself, where went time???
    Visiting Symi and Jean's after months of hard work it's always like coming home to good old friends.

    Dress Code: no dress code

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Symi Island Transportation

  • Dodekanese Express

    The Dodekanese Express also provides a high speed service to Symi during the summer - not every day and sometimes they just call at Panormitis in the south en route to other islands. They tend to be a bit more expensive but they are fast and comfortable. Check out their website for schedules and prices - price is often cheaper at the kiosk in...

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  • Leaving Symi

    After a couple of days it was again time to move on. Next stop Nissiros.This time we made sure we caught the correct boat, the Panormitis, which left Symi around 11.45 am. I see this old faithful tug is still plying to and fro between the Dodecanese.It was a pleasant journey, calling at Tilos which our guide book had told us wasn't worth visiting....

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  • Triton Island Tours

    Triton is another island excursion boat - often operates in conjucntion with Poseidon. Weather permitting (and unfortunately too windy during our short stay) it tours around Symi's coastline for various swim stops, visits Seskia Island and Panormitis monastery. Price is fairly expensive at 35 euros each but again a delicious BBQ is supplied with...

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Symi Island Shopping

  • Sponges

    Symi's sponge trade may be in decline due to its inhrent dangers but there are still plenty to be bought along the harbour front - all shapes and sizes available.

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  • SeaShells

    Such a colourful array of shells are available in the harbour stalls of Symi - some rreal beauties there too but I am never sure if these are allowed past customs? Any they would be destined to get broken in my already overfull suitcase!

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  • Herb and Spice Corner

    That has been the first shop of spices i've met during my trips. I'll see much more later in Turkey.

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Symi Island Local Customs

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    by Christianne Written Mar 16, 2005

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    Symi's Festival is held every summer. All the expenses of the participants are payed by the Town Hall.
    Activities:
    -concerts of modern or classical music
    -dance
    -cinema-theatre
    -litterature evenings

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    • Festivals
    • Music
    • Arts and Culture

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Symi Island Tourist Traps

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    by nickandchris Updated Apr 27, 2006

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    As soon as the trip boats arrive and unload their cargo of grockles the restauraters are out in force, waiting to pounce on all and sundry as they troup through the town." Best food, best prices, come and sit down." I hate this. I'm not even allowed to pick up a menu to compare prices without being leapt upon and dragged to a table.The whole town seemed to carry on like this once the boats arrived. Amazingly, as soon as the boats had rounded up their passengers, the restaurants closed their doors and shut up shop until the evening. Lo and behold you if you haven't eaten by this time.
    In the evenings we managed to find a better deal, a souvlaki place, but for some reason, this closed at 9.30pm.
    The one restaurant we ate at we were over-charged and short changed so not a pleasant memory of Symi.

    Unique Suggestions: Either grin and bear this treatment or refuse to be hassled. Try somewhere else where you're not bothered as much. Or make for Pedi instead or have a picnic.

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    • Wine Tasting
    • Food and Dining
    • Beer Tasting

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Symi Island What to Pack

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    by hungariangirl896 Written Jan 28, 2014

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure to bring cool clothing as well as a swimsuit! There's nothing more miserable than being hot and uncomfortable and surrounded by water and not being able to swim in it. Also bring some good sandals, hat, sunglasses, and a bottle of water.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring plenty of sunscreen!!!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You can bring your own beach towel if you'd like.

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    • Budget Travel
    • Beaches
    • Hiking and Walking

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Symi Island Off The Beaten Path

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    by vago1 Written Nov 7, 2002

    You don't have to be an Orthodox Christian to see the beauty of these churches. Try it and you won't miss. After the Holy Communion, the women of the island serve coffee, bread and traditional donuts.

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  • ABOUT THE ISLAND

    The highest point of the island is Mountain Vigla at 616 metres. The island has a total surface of 67 square kilometres. The majority of the land is covered by rocks.

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  • TRADITIONAL SETTLEMENTS

    The settlements Symi, Nimporio, Pedi and Panormitis have been proclaimed as traditional.

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  • HISTORICAL FACTS

    On the 7th of March 1948 it was signed at Symi the protocol of the integration of the Dodecanese islands to the Hellenic State.The histore of the island starts in the ancient times. Some of the name of the island were Aigli, Kirki and Metapontis.The current name comes from the Nymph Symi who got married to the god of the sea, Poseidon and gave...

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