10 + 1 reasons to visit symi
1. THE BEACHES
2. symi festival
3. THE HANDMADE SOUVENIRS
4. THE TRADITIONAL EATERIES & THE FINE-DINING
5. Chill drinks AND COCKTAILS on a paradise
6. FOR THE ART AND CULTURE
7. THE History of the island and the NATURAL SPONGES
8. THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
9. THE TRADITIONAL foods and DESSERTS
10. A TRIP TO PANORMITI MONASTERY
11. A million reasons you will find out when you come! we are sure you will be back soon again
Symi is an island with great history. According to mythology the island was named Metapontida or Aigli from the homonym Nymph, which gave birth there, to 3 Graces. Another version is that Symis’ name is given from the princess of Rhodes that Glaukus eloped there, because the King and father didn’t want to approve their wedding. Glaukus, who is considered as the first inhabitant of Symi, was a keen swimmer and naval architect, abilities and skills that taught to the inhabitants of the island. Another myth, according to Diodorus Siculus says that the first that settled at Symi was Chthonius, the son of Poseidon and Symi, when exiled from Dotio of Thessaly settled on the island, and gave the name of his mother.
On the island there are 5 villages, Chora, Emporios, Marathounda, Pedi and Panormitis.
The capital is Chora, which includes two settlements, Gialos and Chorio or Ano Symi. The oldest residential nucleus is the Village. It was settled around the castle, mostly for defensive reasons. It is built on hills. Joins Gialos with the “Kali Strata”, a road consisting of 500 stone steps. He was once the shopping street of Symi and will impress you with its mansions built along it. When eliminated the fear of the pirates, the village expanded towards the sea creating a new settlement, Yialos, which is the safe harbor. In Gialos were the residences of the captains and traders of Symi. Today it is an administrative and tourist center and attracts almost all the services and banks on the island.
-The town has been declared a preserved traditional settlement with main features the colors on the walls, the windows, the elaborate pediments and pebbled courtyards.
-The second port of Symi is Emporios. Located on the west side of the island and has become a developing tourist resort. The settlement has characterized traditional and has a nice beach.
There is no lack of beautiful beaches on the island. Tourists love the fact that many of them are off the beaten track and reachable only by (taxi) boat. Some of them are sandy, some of them are pebbly, some of them are situated on small islets around Symi (Agia Marina, Agios Emilianos, Nimos, Sesklia) but all of them are bathed by crystal clear water. Here are some names: Nos, Agios Georgios, Agios Nikolaos, Nanou, Marathounta, Faneromeni, Agios Vassilios, Nimporios, and Maroni.
Ask the locals which of them offer food and drink facilities.
Our representatives at Greek Alternative Tourism & Gastronomy Workshop
head of Tourism and culture
@ Symi Island