not for low budget travellers (is this a con???), daytripers from Rhodes fill the island between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Great Place To Get Away And Relax
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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!
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
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...more
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....more
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...more
Symi's Festival is held every summer. All the expenses of the participants are payed by the Town Hall.
-concerts of modern or classical music
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.
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.
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...more