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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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Located a 5-minute walk from Saint Nicholas Church and 0.7 miles from Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli, Habit in Ermoupoli provides air-conditioned accommodations with views of the city and free WiFi. more...
 Diogenis Hotel
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 820 feet away. more...
 Sarris Planet
Built-in the traditional blue-white Cycladic style, Sarris Planet features free Wi-Fi and air-conditioned accommodations overlooking the Aegean Sea from its terrace. more...
 Guesthouse Lila
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...
 Aiolia Studios
Enjoying a central location at Iroon Square , Aiolia Studios features air-conditioned accommodations with balcony and free Wi-Fi. more...
 Villa Marenosta
Set in Ermoupoli, Villa Marenosta offers self-catering accommodations with a terrace and a garden. The unit is 2 mi from Saint Nicholas Church. more...
Set within 1969 feet of Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli in Ermoupoli, Αίαντας offers accommodations with free WiFi and flat-screen TV. more...
 Avrofilito Syros Houses
Avrofilito Syros Houses is a complex of 5 self-catering vacation apartments located on the hill of Sklipi, just 1.2 mi from Ermoupolis and 4.3 mi from sandy Galissas beach. more...
 Syrou Melathron
Housed in a historic building dating back to the 19th century, Syrou Melathron is located in Vaporia, near the Asteria Bay. more...
Diana Rooms are quietly located in aristocratic Ermoupolis, just 1148 feet from the port and Miaouli Square. more...
 Smyrnis Apartments
Smyrnis Apartments in Ermoupoli has accommodations with free WiFi, a 7-minute walk from Saint Nicholas Church and 0.6 miles from Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli. more...
 Vaporia Terrace Seaview
Vaporia Terrace Seaview enjoys a location in Ermoupoli, just a 2-minute walk from Saint Nicholas Church and 0.9 miles from Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli. more...
 Doukas Home
Located in Ermoupoli, a 4-minute walk from Saint Nicholas Church and one mile from Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli, Doukas Home provides accommodations with amenities such as free WiFi and a more...
Located close to the port of Ermoupolis and Miaouli Square, this traditional-style property offers peaceful accommodations and panoramic views of the city. more...
 Vizantio Apartments
In the center of Syros, the Sovereign of Cyclades, the hotel is situated near the well-known Apollon Theater and the large Miaouli Square, with the beautiful Town Hall of Ermoupolis. more...
 Pefkakia Park
Pefkakia Park offers year-round accommodations in Ermoupolis. Right next to a park, it is centrally located only 1148 feet from Miaoulis Square and the harbor, yet far from the noise and traffic. more...
 Hotel Hermes
Centrally located in Ermoupoli of Syros, Hotel Hermes offers elegant accommodations with free Wi-Fi throughout. It features a restaurant and snack-bar enjoying views of the Aegean Sea. more...
 DIIO Suites
Located in Ermoupoli, near Saint Nicholas Church, Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli and Miaouli Square, DIIO Suites features free WiFi. Neorion Shipyards is half a mile from the apartment. more...
 Soullas Aparments
Soullas Aparments, a property with a garden, is located in Ermoupoli, a 12-minute walk from Saint Nicholas Church, 1.5 miles from Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli, as well as a 17-minute walk from more...
 Central 9 Rooms
Located in Ermoupoli, 984 feet from Saint Nicholas Church, Central 9 Rooms features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Rooms come with a TV and a kettle. more...
 Hotel Ploes
Boasting a privileged location, just yards away from Ermoupolis center, Hotel Ploes is housed in a listed, early 19th-century Neoclassical mansion. more...
 En Ermoupoli
Just 328 feet from Miaouli Square, the neoclassical En Ermoupoli offers air-conditioned accommodations with views over Ermoupoli Town. Free WiFi access is available in all areas. more...
 Soullas apartments-[ΕΛΛΑΔΑ]
Soullas apartments-[ΕΛΛΑΔΑ] in Ermoupoli has accommodations with free WiFi, an 11-minute walk from Saint Nicholas Church, 1.6 miles from Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli and a 16-minute walk from more...
 Leia Guest House
Offering free WiFi, Leia Guest House offers accommodations in Ermoupoli, a 19-minute walk from Saint Nicholas Church and 0.6 miles from Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli. more...
 Ermoupolis 1834 Classic beauty
Ermoupolis 1834 Classic beauty features free WiFi and views of city in Ermoupoli. The property is allergy-free throughout and is located a 3-minute walk from Saint Nicholas Church. more...


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