If you are sailing or on a yacht-holiday with a motoryacht or a traditional Gulet, Symi is a "MUSTSEE"....
Simi (you can write either Simi or Symi), is often called the "Portofino of Greece..." - but it´s even more!
There is a big english community in Symi, and many english holidaymakers enjoy the tranquility and the charme of this island (and it´s "sister" Chalki 25 nm south). Arriving in Symi, have a walk around and ask for the latest issue of the Symivisitor, which is available free in nearly every shop on the island. See website of Symivistor for more.
|it is really impossible, not to fall in love with Symi|
Symi has an own style and beautiful colour-compositions!
in the wintertime, sometimes as well the very early springtime you
find Symi´s harbour empty like that. From the beginning of April
on, yachts moore stern to quai one by one, and in the highest season,
it can be difficult to get a place. Drop your anchor about 2 lengths
of the boat or more. Be aware, that the harbour ground has 25-35
m in the middle, and is very steep! Make sure, your anchor is moored
well, because the wind comes from the side and might push the boats
Merkuris opens the water-taps and connects your AC.
Please note, that in summertime, water must be brought from other islands by nost, so waste of water is at least an unfriendly act against the island even, if you pay...if it is not absolutely unavoidable, please do not wash your boat here, save the sweetwater for filling the water-tanks. Thank you!
find any kind of restaurants on the island - luckily no McDonalds
or Burger King or other fast food yet....
Some restaurants are worth to mention, because we enjoyed often a fantastic kitchen and the great hospitality of their owners:
If you want to get the latest news, a very good overview of Symi´s infratsructural offers and the latest gossip, try to get a free issue of the latest SYMI VISITOR .
If you like seafood, fish and other "fruits de mer", you should not miss Vapotaverna Manos, located directly at the harbour. It is not a "cheap" place, fish is very expensive in Greece, but what you get is worth every cent you pay for it (it will be some Euros, no cents, however ;-)
Recommendation: try the "Saganaki"-dishes musels or shrimps... incredible!
the owner, is always around, speaks many languages, and is a kind
of guy, who are able to make people from all over the worls a good
time. Choose from his excellent sorted international wine-selection,
but even the just normal served open housewine is good in taste and
Hungry for an original PIZZA neapolitana from the woodoven? Don´t miss BELLA NAPOLI , which you find easy, when you cross the bridge, follow the harbour-street, and before it turns left, go straight ... 50m, and you are there!
Back to the fishtaverna of Manos: just next door, you find the greek Taverna "Aris", which has a very nice decoration, an excellent menue (greek mostly), open oven, a roof terrace and surely impressing beautifull toilets!
If you enjoy the "Haute cuisine" without having a look at the prices on the menue, you should make a reservation at Mylopetra - the place belongs to a german Art-Galery-owner from Frankfurt/Germany, who lives in Symi during the summertime and offers dinners on highest level, you can expect. Note: it is very, very expensive...
As on every greek island, in Symi is is a lower part around the harbour, but the real greek life happens in the upper part, the "Chorio".
Walking up the "Kalli strata" (nice street) where in early days the rich Simiots lived (what you can see on the style of the many still ruined houses), you reach the upper main place with some Kafenions and restaurants. Greek taverns with terraces in a real typical way and good kitchen at reasonable, fair prices are Syllogos and the old well known Taverna Georgios
Syllogos is a former cultural place, still in use for official and cultural events today, and offers a very nice terrace with views to the other side of town, the Pedi bay. Solid and good greek kitchen. George Bush sen. had a big greek party there - so it seems to be a "safe place" *joking*
Taverna Georgios has a very nice terrace with a nice view to the harbour, it´s a family run business and so is the atmosphere - a real greek evening to experience!
dinner, for a final drink, you have a choice of bars alongside the
There are many of nearly any kind meanwhile on the harbour, we can´t mention here. Just have a walk and choose...
|If you don´t sail by boat to the natural harbour of Panormitis you can rent a car or a Scooter and have a trip to the monastery there. It is beautiful to drive over the mountains of Symi, wondering about the forest up there, and maybe take a chance to go to one of the hidden bays on the way! Note: visit of the monatery in proper clothing only, no bath-clothes, shorts. There is a little beach and 2 small Tavernas, plus a bakery for typical greek breads.|
Shopping in Symi
There are some nice shops to mention
Simiots were known for their sponge divers, and so you will have of course several salesmen who offer sponges.
If you are looking for nice leather products, we can truly recommend Takis Symi Leather shop in the harbour! Very good quality in belts, wallets, shoes, bags and leather jackets.
Gold and Silver
There are some modern jewelery shops on the waterfront, but we want to recommend the small silver shop next to Pizzeria Bella Napoli offering very nice silver art, and 20m further the Jewelery-shop of Giorgios Loukidis, a real goldsmith, who makes his creations in the same building in his workshop upstairs. You can get very special, individual jewels, gold, silver, handcrafted, punced and at reasonable pricing! That´s no anonymous fabric-products, that is handcrafted and you get a unique piece of jewelery for yourself!
Hairdresser and modern fashion
if you cross the bridge and walk right before the normal way wants to lead you left, you pass 2 Tavernas and then you see the shops of Mina. She is a very good hairdresser (on appointments only), and as well sells fashion art jewellery and exclusive fashion.
if you want endanger your good figure, just follow these small streets behind the harbour, there are some chocolate and cake shops, that will make you lucky first, and later meet your fitness-trainer longer! (really good cakes and pastisserie there!)
Supermarkets and other daily needed goods
Of course, you´ll find supermarkets, which are very well sorted, a fruit-stand, shops for boat-and fishing-equipment and household-items. They are all located behind the harbour streets, and everybody will gladly help you to find what you are looking for!
Choose from here below your next destination
From Symi, you can sail to Rhodes (20 nm southeast), the archipelago of Chalki with Alimni (25 nm west) or the turkish coast either Datca (8 nm north) or Marmaris (32 nm), which are both Ports of Entry to Turkey. Sailing WNE, you visit Tilos (35 nm northwest), Nisyros (40nm WNW) and Kos (45 nm NNW).
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