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Syros Island

Syros is one of the Greek Cyclades Islands located in the Aegean Sea 114 kilometres south east of the mainland port of Piraeus. It's the administrative capital of the archipelago and is home to half of the entire population of the Cyclades. Its cosmopolitan capital city Ermopoulis was the main port of Greece until the 20th century. Many international visitors only stay on the island long enough to change ferries to more glamorous destinations. But linger here long enough and you'll find some fine beaches, excellent walking trails and a bustling city offering chic boutiques, a lively nightlife and first class restaurants.

You can fly to the island via Olympic Airways from Athens and there are daily ferry services to and from Piraeus (four hours). There are also daily ferries to and from the mainland port of Rafina (nearly six hours) and the islands of Paros, Naxos, Andros, Tinos and Crete. Less frequent ferries connect Syros with most of the other main Cycladic islands. A Flying Dolphin fast boat will get you to Piraeus in two and a half hours or to the nearby party island of Mykonos in just 30 minutes. If you're coming here by boat you'll arrive at the island's impressive capital on the east coast. Ermopoulis is named after Hermes, the god of trade and commerce, and is awash with grandiose neoclassical mansions which stand as reminders of a more glorious era.

Once an important Phoenician seaport, Syros went on to become the trading centre of the Cyclades under the Venetians in the 13th century. It heyday came to an end with the advent of steam power and the rise in importance of Piraeus. It's worth spending at least a night or two here to take in the city's main sights, absorb its thriving cultural scene and visit the two charming hill top settlements which overlook the port below. The town's archaeological museum will give you a flavour of the island's rich history which spans nearly 5,000 years. Excavations have revealed evidence of Cycladic settlements on Syros as far back as 2,800 BC.

The archeological site of Kastri in the north is one of the oldest in the Cyclades and whilst there's not a great deal left to see here it's a wonderful area to explore on foot. From here you can reach some idyllic, unspoilt beaches only accessible on foot or by boat. You'll find beautiful but busier resort beaches on the island's west coast accessible by road from Ermopoulis. If you're visiting in August, expect to be joined by hordes of Greek tourists who far outnumber the international variety. The fact that the island retains its essentially Greek character and has not been over-taken by mass tourism is all part of its special charm.


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Set in an authentic 19th-century building of Ermoupolis, Diogenis Hotel offers rooms with city or sea views and free wireless internet. The nearest beach is 250 metres away. more...
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Lila is a traditional guesthouse occupying a renovated mansion in the picturesque Ermoupolis. The former 19th century French Consulate is a few steps from the center of town and the port. more...
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Apollonion Palace Hotel is housed in a historic 19th century building, overlooking the Bay of Ag. Nicholas in the Vaporia area, close to the port of Ermoupolis and Miaouli Square. more...
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Set on a pedestrian street in a historic location, the family-run Ethrion is 150 metres from Ermoupolis Port and the main square. more...
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Set in a historic 19th-century mansion with unique ceiling paintings, Archontiko Ermoupolis offers a warm and authentic atmosphere in Syros? picturesque capital Ermoupolis. more...
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Built in 1843, the Neoclassical Aktaion is right on the port of Ermoupolis, within walking distance of the town?s historic center. It offers elegant accommodations with free Wi-Fi and LCD TV. more...
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Perfectly located close to Ermoupolis Port, Esperance 1 offers spacious and comfortable rooms. Relax in your modern room and enjoy a charming base, close to all the main attractions. more...
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In the Vaporia area 300 metres from central Ermoupolis in Syros, Electra Syros Boutique Hotel features free high-speed Wi-Fi and a roof garden overlooking the Aegean Sea. more...
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Built-in the traditional blue-white Cycladic style, Sarris Planet features free Wi-Fi and air-conditioned accommodation overlooking the Aegean Sea from its terrace. more...
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Avrofilito Syros Houses is a complex of 5 self-catering vacation apartments situated on the hill of Sklipi, just 2 km from Ermoupolis and 7 km from sandy Galissas beach. more...
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Housed in a renovated 19th century building, Antouanetta Apartments is located in Ermoupolis, within a 5-minute walk from the central Miaouli Square. more...
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Housed in a neoclassical building, Hotel Halaris is located in Ermoupolis Town, just 400 metres from the port. It features air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. more...
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Featuring a hilltop location, Wind Tales is situated in the Medieval part of Ano Syros, overlooking the Aegean Sea and Ermoupolis Port. The green hotel offers traditional accommodation. more...
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Boasting a privileged location, just metres away from Ermoupolis centre, Hotel Ploes is housed in a listed, early 19th-century Neoclassical mansion. more...
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Cats of Ano Syros offers accommodations in Ermo├║polis. The property is 219 yards from Saint Nicholas Church and features views of the mountains. A TV is provided. more...

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